Consigned to our November 20th Fine Jewellery and Watches Auction is a timepiece with a fascinating provenance and unique history. An 18ct gold gents Chopard watch with a difference, this exceptional wristwatch encapsulates the opulence of its original purchaser.
Taken into one of our free valuation days, this 1980s Chopard Geneve watch is instantly recognisable as having links to the Middle East. Set in solid 18ct gold, with a beautiful lapis lazuli cushion shape dial, the watch is personalised with an enamel portrait of King Fahd, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. King Fahd was the King of Saudi Arabia from 1982 until 2005.
With a unique dial and special provenance, this watch was gifted by King Fahd to our vendors father, who was the Captain of the Royal Yacht of Saudi Arabia, Al Riyadh, from 1978 until 1985. The watch is believed to have been given circa 1985, three years before Fortune Magazine reported King Fahd's wealth to be $18 billion, making him the second richest person in the world at the time of publication.
A retirement gift like no other, this stunning timepiece was presented alongside a pair of accompanying 18ct gold and lapis lazuli cufflinks together with a signet ring in a Mouawad presentation case. This one-of-a-kind timepiece features all the finesse one would expect from a Chopard watch, with a 25 jewel, calibre 2-66 automatic movement, signed by the maker. Chopard is a world-famous watchmaker, founded in 1860, with previous patrons including Tsar Nicholas II. Synonymous with style, Chopard continues to make timepieces and jewellery to this day, all featuring the beautiful craftsmanship and precision that is associated with the house.
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