ROLEX DATEJUST 36 'SULTAN QABOOS SIGNED DIAL'

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ROLEX DATEJUST 36 'SULTAN QABOOS SIGNED DIAL'

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    Pickup available, usually ready in 2-4 days

    35/37 Ludgate Hill
    London EC4M 7JN
    United Kingdom

    +442072481321

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12 MONTH WARRANTY
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THE ESSENTIALS

MAKE: ROLEX
MODEL: 1601
YEAR: 1975
BOX/PAPERS: NO/NO
CASE DIAMETER: 36mm
CASE MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
BRACELET MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
MOVEMENT: AUTOMATIC

Arguably one of the marquees most notable models, the Rolex Datejust is enduring and bridged the gap between dress and sports watches. Often the testbed for precious metals, rare meteoric dials and a wealth of specification options, it’s not unusual to see paired back examples, just as much as it is to see incredibly luxurious ones.

This example however, sits firmly in the middle. With its solid Stainless Steel construction, it retains that sport feel - but is made a little more special by its mirror-polished white gold fluted bezel. That is however, not the only thing this particular example has going for it; it also happens to feature that ever-mysterious personal inscription of Qaboos bin Said Al Said which is arguably as iconic as some of the watches it adorns. With its link to Middle Eastern Royalty (originating from the Sultanate of Oman) it is perhaps one of the very best hallmarks of provenance and sparks both imagination and significant value increases for collectors and enthusiasts. Traced back to the earliest days of Oman as a modern nation, it inextricably links this example to the Royal Family, and the late Sultan of Oman himself who remains the longest-serving monarch in Middle East history.

The story goes that following his attendance at a private school in Bury St Edmunds, England he moved to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst - befriending and later living with Tim Landon, AKA Brigadier Sir James Timothy Whittington Landon, KCVO, who went on to become not only one of the richest men in England, but also a key player in Qaboos’ introduction to John Asprey - who would later serve as an intermediary to some of the most prolific watch brands in the world and Qaboos - and thus facilitated the beginning of the ‘Khanjar Double Signed Dials’ and ‘Qaboos Inscribed Dials’.

The signature itself sits in striking red ink at six o’clock atop the Champagne coloured dial, which also retains all of its Gold-Capped batons and Tritium lume plots. The watch comes on a solid link 62510H/555 bracelet dating to 1977, and runs incredibly well - +3 Seconds Per/Day at 250 degrees of amplitude.

Presenting as a unique opportunity to own a great daily wearer, that in the right circles is likely to be the centre of conversation.

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