Christie’s watch auction to feature luxury timepieces with Mideast links

DUBAI: Set to open to bidders on Oct. 15, Christie’s upcoming online watch sale “The Dubai Edit” features a host to luxury timepieces with historical links to the Middle East.

Some of the timepieces up for auction were made specifically for collectors from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Jordan.

Remy Julia, Head of Watches at Christie’s Middle East, commented: “The regional and global demand for rare and limited-edition watches remains robust, and we have sought a range of pieces that have specific relevance to Middle East collectors for this online sale. The MENA region is one of our fastest-growing markets globally, and we anticipate a strong outcome from emerging as well as established collectors.”

Set to run from Oct. 15-29, the watch sale includes a rare Rolex Gold Day-Date, reference 18038, with a blue dial embellished with a red khanjar, made for a collector in the Sultanate

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Christie’s online watch auction to sell timepieces with links to Middle East

Christie’s Important Watches auctions have been replaced with digital events in New York, Geneva and now Dubai. Watches Online: The Dubai Edit will offer virtual viewings and online bidding opportunities between October 15 and 29. For those who prefer to see the timepieces in person, appointment-only slots are available to book until Wednesday, October 14, at Christie’s Dubai’s offices in Dubai International Financial Centre. Viewings will take place between 10am and 8pm.

With 161 lots on offer, and a combined estimate of $5 million, the sale is billed by Christie’s as “the most valuable online watch sale ever”, which is probably an accurate statement, given the enduring strength of the horology market in the GCC.

Lot 155. A steel Submariner Milsub Rolex, c. 1977, made for the British Royal Navy. Courtesy Christies.
Lot 155: A steel Submariner Milsub Rolex, circa 1977, made for the British Royal Navy. Courtesy Christie’s

The watches will appeal to the first-time bidder as well as the dedicated auction-goer. For the serious collector,

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