Christie’s is auctioning no fewer than seven perfect Rolex super clone watches made for the Sultan of Oman.
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, who ruled Oman for 50 years, was one of the world’s greatest collectors before his death in 2020.
The Rare Watches sale also includes a desirable line up of other Rolex pieces alongside prime examples from the likes of Patek Philippe, F.P. Journe, Cartier and many more.
The 159 lot auction takes place on May 13.
Sultan of Oman’s UK cheap replica watches for sale include a Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 and three Daytonas — Ref. 6263, Ref. 6265 and Ref. 6269. Each has the Khanjar emblem or the signature of the Sultan himself on the dial, and are offered in near perfect condition.
Rare Watches auction highlights
(descriptions from Christies)
Rolex Ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller, with ‘Qaboos’ dial, made for the Sultan of Oman. Circa 1973.
This exceedingly rare museum-worthy high quality super clone watches is probably the finest example ever to be offered at auction, from the ultra-crisp angles, finishes and inscriptions of the case to the untouched, naturally age-patinaed bezel insert.
The dial features the bright red signature of His Majesty Qaboos Bin Said, combined with tritium indexes which have developed a rich deep sand-coloured patina.
One of the most interesting aspects of Swiss made Rolex fake watches made for the Sultan of Oman in the 1970s is that the dials were specially designed only for the Omani models; for example the characteristic inscriptions for depth rating and ‘Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified’ of the standard 1665s Sea-Dweller of the period were removed to spotlight the red Qaboos signature.
Lot 29 – Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263, made for the Sultan of Oman. Circa 1974.
One of only four known examples of its type, this stainless steel Ref. 6263 Cosmograph, retailed by Asprey, not only bears the signature of the Sultan of Oman in red on the dial, however also features a case that is engraved inside with the serial number and a caseback engraved with the signature of Asprey.
Made in 1974, it’s an example of a timepiece presented by the Sultan himself and as such it has always been highly prized by its owners and therefore rarely worn.
Lot 30 – Rolex Daytona Ref. 6265, made for the Sultan of Oman. Circa 1978.
This 18ct gold Ref. 6265 made for Sultan Qaboos Bin Said of Oman is in excellent overall condition and still has the original Rolex reference sticker on the caseback; it is also furnished with a sumptuous Asprey Geneva red suede fitted box and accompanied by a pair of specially-made Caran d’Ache pens also emblazoned with the Omani Khanjar emblem.
It is well known that during the period in which this extraordinary set was made, all 1:1 super clone watches created for the Sultan of Oman were sold through the London firm of Asprey in New Bond Street.
What is less well known, is that from the mid-1970s, Asprey operated a showroom in Geneva, at 40 Rue du Rhone, opened following the end of the 1973 oil crisis when the spending power of Asprey’s Middle Eastern customers visiting Geneva grew exponentially.
The present Rolex Cosmograph is one of the very few AAA copy watches known to have been supplied to the Sultan of Oman by Asprey in Geneva.
Lot 31 – Rolex Daytona ‘Jack of Diamonds’, the earliest known Ref. 6269, made for the Sultanate of Oman. Circa 1985.
Consigned by a private collector and epitomising the near-mint condition that all hope to find in vintage Rolex super clone watches for sale, this awe-inspiring gold Cosmograph is one of only two publicly known examples of Ref. 6269 sold to the Sultan of Oman.
The other known example, with the caseback engraved with the Khanjar was sold by Antiquorum Geneva on 12 May 2013 (lot 518).
The ultra-luxurious diamond-set Ref. 6269, the so-called ‘Jack of Diamonds’, is one of the most elusive models among all gold luxury China replica Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watches.
With its caseback engraved with the Khanjar emblem of Oman, it’s a piece for any serious Rolex collector today.