Month: June 2015

Which Watches Have The Arab Logo Set In Auction Records?

It is not too late to get to the topic. In May 2016, a Patek Philippe white gold nautilus 3700 with an Oman crown and crossed double-blade logo was sold at a high price of 635,000 Swiss francs (about RMB 4,327,588), setting a new record for similar watches. Senior watch enthusiasts know that the crown and the crossed double-blade Arabic logo on the watch dial are symbols of the royal family. These watches are from the royal family of some Middle Eastern countries. These marks will bring great added value to a watch, not only increase the value of the watch, but also allow the owner to experience royal luxury. Many people know that Arab labels are actually more on Rolex, and even I know that some watch friends have Rolex with Arab label. Therefore, what I want to share with you at this time is, in addition to Rolex, which watches have the Arabic standard, where do these watches come from, what is their value, and what special Rolex with the Arabic standard.

Oman national emblem, cross double-edged flag.
   There is more than one type of Arabic mark, because different countries have different marks. What we often see is that the crossed double knives are actually the national emblem of Oman. The official name of the double knives is ‘Khanjar’, so these watches are also called Khanjar watches. In addition to Oman, we will also see Kuwaiti signs, but there are not so many Kuwaiti signs.

Khanjar in reality
   Most of these watches with special logos were made in the 1960s and 1970s. At that time, some countries in the Middle East required Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega and other watch factories to specialize in producing a batch of customized watches with special dials. The watch face is completely customized according to the needs of various countries. The positions of the Arabic symbols on the dial are different, generally at 6 o’clock on the dial, some at 9 o’clock, and below 12 o’clock. These ordered watches are used as gifts for ministers, senior officials, and foreign friends. Different countries have different order channels. Watches like Oman are ordered through the UK (because Oman and the UK have a close relationship, which will be detailed below). I will show you these watches below.

In May 2016, a Patek Philippe white gold nautilus 3700 with an Oman crown and crossed double-blade logo was sold at a high price of 635,000 Swiss francs (about RMB 4,327,588), setting a new record for similar watches.
Patek Philippe

   The most important of these watches is the Oman standard platinum Patek Philippe 3700 mentioned above. This watch brings together the value of Patek Philippe 3700, the value of platinum precious metals, and the important historical value, which is very important and valuable. The first is the most important historical value. The historical events behind this watch make this watch a witness to history. In the 1970s, after the new Sultan Abs of Oman seized power, he began to fight with the Zaffar rebels. Oman’s new regime has the support of the United Kingdom, and the British SAS Special Air Service went to Oman to cooperate with the Oman government forces to destroy the rebels. In the battle, the SAS Air Force Regiment was brave and fought against enemy forces several times its own, and achieved important results. This Oman standard platinum Patek Philippe 3700 is a gift used by Oman to honor SAS officers and men after the war. This special batch of 3700 was manufactured in 1978. According to records, this batch of 3700 is likely to be less than 10, and the watch sold from this SAS officer and the watch is completely in the original state, without refurbishing and polishing. Outstanding. Unlike the usual logo, this 3700 double knife has a crown, so it is extremely valuable. A high price of 635,000 Swiss francs (about RMB 4,327,588).

Oman’s 14th Sultan, Qaboos, a large number of watches in the text are customized, and given as gifts to meritorious service, senior officials, foreign friends.
   3700 is the first generation of Nautilus of Patek Philippe, because the reduction of the size of the second generation Nautilus 3800 has reduced the value of 3800 from the current perspective (because large watches were not popular at the time, the 42mm 3700 seemed out of fashion, but now The opposite is true, the value of 3700 is much higher than 3800), so 3700 is the highest value antique nautilus. Two needles, a large diameter of 42 mm is characteristic of the 3700. Compared to the more common steel shell 3700, the current market is about 300,000 yuan.

Audemars Piguet custom-made royal oak tree 5402, sold for 93,750 Swiss francs, about 639,056 yuan.
Audemars Piguet

   Compared with the Rolex of the Arab standard, the number of Audemars Piguet of the Arab standard is relatively small. The Royal Oak with Oman’s double-blade icon is a very rare masterpiece. This watch also comes from Omani leader Abbus after taking office. This Royal Oak 5402 is one of the Royal Oaks with an A-head, according to records it is the 959th. The A prefix is ​​the earliest batch of watches in the Royal Oak, which is relatively high value. Like the Patek Philippe 3700, the two needles are the identifying mark of the early Royal Oak 5402. This Oman custom-made Royal Oak has undergone relatively large changes on the dial. We know that the signature feature of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak dial is the ‘Waffle Plaid’. In order to more conveniently print the Oman double-knife national emblem, this watch replaced the checkered dial and replaced the hour markers with diamonds. This watch is also a gift to senior officials and foreign friends. This Royal Oak is also known as the most important Royal Oak in the world.

Ivan Oman customized Da Vinci for 37,500 Swiss francs, about 255,622 yuan.

   I have to say that Sultan Abbas of Oman is an avid watch collector. This very rare Oman double-bladed IWC Da Vinci is also a product of the Oman Sultan period. The only special thing about Da Vinci is that the red double-blade mark appears at 9 o’clock on the dial. At the same time, this Da Vinci is very luxurious, with a platinum head and a platinum bracelet. The watch is decorated with a ‘bark’ pattern similar to Rolex. It must be very heavy to fix the watch. In addition, the hour markers on the watch dial are all diamonds, especially the double-row diamonds at 12 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock are extremely luxurious. There is no doubt that even if this watch is sold by weighing and selling gold and diamonds, its value will not be low. In my personal experience, various complex functions are not as real as silver and gold. Gold and diamonds are the most value-preserving things. This IWC flagship Da Vinci uses the IWC 8541 movement. There is no doubt that this Da Vinci is the most unique and unique watch produced by IWC in modern times.

Kuwait made the Omega constellation on a specific plate. The plate logo is different from the Omani logo. Traded at 87,500 Hong Kong dollars, about 78,159 yuan.

   Omega is also an important watch factory that receives customized watches from Middle Eastern countries. Omega’s highest-end watch is the constellation. In the 1960s and 1970s, Omega provided customized versions of the constellation for Middle Eastern countries. This watch is the most typical gossip fly sign of Omega. Unlike the custom double-knife logo in Oman, this constellation is printed with the Kuwaiti national logo above the five-pointed star constellation. The flies on the black surface are made of 18K rose gold. As a custom ‘gift’ for Kuwait, this watch also has high historical value.


   Rolex can be said to be the country’s most imported watches. There are a large number of custom Rolex in Arabia, the models cover DAY DATE, DATE JUST, Submarine, Sea-Dweller, Daytona. It can be seen that Rolex was loved by people from all walks of life, including the royal family. Arabian custom Rolex is based on a large number of gold watches. The number of DAY DATE, submarines, and Daytona on the gold chain is the most. In addition, there are some steel shell water ghosts and DATE JUST. The logo is also available in red and green. Below I will show you some of the more unique Arabic standard Rolex.

Rolex Oman custom 1807, bark bezel and bracelet is very unique. At 187,500 Swiss francs, about RMB 12,781,112.

Oman custom 1607, also decorated with bark. Traded at 200,000 Hong Kong dollars, about RMB 178,651.

Oman custom 16030, this is a steel case DATE JUST. At 112,500 Hong Kong dollars, about 100,491 yuan.

   The old DAY DATE we usually see is 1803, which is the most standard model of DD. This DD with the double-blade logo is the Rolex 1807. The biggest feature of this watch is the ‘bark’ decoration. The standard model DD uses a dog ring and head chain. The 1807 bezel and the middle of the bracelet are decorated with very special fine patterns. This pattern is called ‘bark’. This is very rare in general 4-bit coded DD. The dial’s logo is not a double-knife but an Arbus signature. Similarly, this 1607 is a DATE JUST with a ‘bark’ pattern, which is completely different from the standard 1601 dog ring and five-bead chain. In DATE JUST, another one that is more special is 16030. In addition to the red double-blade logo, the white strap decorated with red and blue lines is very special. It is worth noting that this is a steel shell DJ.

The double-knife logo is located in the all-gold 1680 at 9 o’clock.

The green double-knife 1680 was traded at 125,000 Swiss francs, about RMB 852,075.

The red double knife is located at 6265 Daytona below the 12 o’clock position. At 605,000 Swiss francs, about RMB 4125434.
   Rolex sports watches are also part of the Middle East customization. The biggest feature of this all-gold 1680 is that the red double-blade logo is located at 9 o’clock on the plate, instead of the common 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock. The all-gold water ghost 1680 also includes a green logo version. The green double knife is located at 6 o’clock on the plate. And the Rolex All Kinds Daytona 6265 double-knife logo with a timing button lock is located below the 12 o’clock position.

Vacheron Constantin-french Watchmaking Legends Share

Since the 16th century, in order to avoid religious persecution, a large number of French Protestant artisans, craftsmen, jewellers and watchmakers have come to neutral Geneva to restart their business. In 1755, the young French watch designer Jean-Marc Vacheron opened a studio in Geneva to design and manufacture the first silver watch with an enamel dial, which became the beginning of Vacheron Constantin. In 1819, Jean-Marc’s grandson invited Francois Constantin to join the company, and the company’s products have since acquired the brand name ‘Vacheron Constantin’. Since then, Vacheron Constantin has begun his own art of watchmaking.

 They combine exquisite technology, rigorous testing and perfect modeling to create one classic after another, which is noble and elegant and has great collection value. In the long years of watchmaking, it has become a symbol of luxury and elegance.
 At the National Museum of Singapore, ‘Watchmaking Legends from 1755’ watchmaking craft exhibition, ‘Robo Report’ and Vacheron Constantin’s global CEO Mr. Tao Ruisi had a dialogue on brand, quality, service, commitment.
For tradition, the most important thing is persistence

 R: Vacheron Constantin hosted this large-scale exhibition. It is said that this exhibition will select suitable places to tour around the world. What kind of purpose does the brand plan for this exhibition?
 Tao: This is the first antique watch exhibition in the history of Vacheron Constantin. Many of the exhibits were taken from the Geneva Heritage Museum for the first time. Some exhibits can only be touched by the curator. It is not a marketing activity in the purest sense, but it wants to let everyone know more that Vacheron Constantin will adhere to the brand reputation of integrity for more than 250 years, and use our quality to satisfy customers around the world. We are a responsible brand and will always be responsible to our customers. We have been doing this for more than 250 years.
 We persist in letting people interested in Vacheron Constantin and watchmaking around the world understand the traditions of the watch industry, and at the same time sort out their own traditions. For tradition, the simplest rule is to stick to it. In Vacheron Constantin’s brand motto, I usually convey this insistence by following three watchmaking principles: technology, aesthetics and craftsmanship.
 R: For our readers, valuing a brand is not just about its products, but more about the brand’s high-quality service brought about by history. What is unique about Vacheron Constantin’s service?
 Tao: This is a good question. Our high-quality service is based on our accumulation of more than 250 years. We have always been there to feel the people who own Vacheron Constantin and those who are planning to own Vacheron Constantin watches. What their needs are, no matter whether the demand is small or not, it cannot be considered Insignificant; constant innovation means giving your customers a blueprint and highest value satisfaction before they have come up with their dreams and needs.

 We have two centers in Geneva, one is a watchmaker training center, people from all over the country can participate, and you can make watches after graduation. There is also a complex machinery center, where some senior watchmakers and masters of watch repair are trained. There are already some staff from China who have been trained in Geneva, and they will provide some repair and maintenance work for guests after returning home. We have the ‘House of Vacheron Constantin’ in Shanghai. Here, customers can not only repair and maintain their favorite watches, but also understand Vacheron Constantin’s watchmaking craftsmanship and can communicate with watchmakers from Switzerland. This is a lot. None of the brands. I can proudly tell you that each of our watches has enough spare parts. Any watch you use for repair can find its exclusive parts, even if you bring a watch a century ago .
 Many people do not understand that in addition to precision art as its responsibility, Vacheron Constantin also has romantic French descent in the brand’s blood. Jean Marc Vacheron is the founder and philosopher of Vacheron Constantin. He is a good friend of Rousseau and Voltaire. That is, he established the world’s first watch factory. This watch factory was the predecessor of Vacheron Constantin. The imprints of various French cultures made Vacheron Constantin a brand full of aristocracy.