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  • Manufacturer: Baume & Mercier
    Year: Circa 1972
    Reference No: 3183 2
    Case No: 482'335
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. BM 13220, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Velvet and leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gilt
    Dimensions: 34mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, and movement signed, dial signed Asprey

  • Catalogue Essay

    During the 1970s, His Majesty Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the Sultan of Oman, commissioned many watch manufacturers to create custom order pieces, many of which displayed the "Qaboos" or a "Khanjar" symbol. While Rolex is best known for creating these custom pieces, the Sultan also tasked watchmakers like IWC, Baume & Mercier and Chopard to create watches bearing the royal symbol.

    The present watch, retailed by Asprey, features the "Khanjar" symbol at 6 o'clock, which is very prominent and eye catching. In lieu of Baume & Mercier's signature is the Asprey logo, as the watch was distributed through the London retailer. The case is furthermore preserved in excellent condition, attesting to its previous owner's care and appreciation for the watch. All hallmarks, case and reference numbers are incredibly crisp to the case back, and the inside case back is stamped with Birmingham hallmarks for 1972. The watch retains its original Baume & Mercier crown.

    The Sultan enjoyed a wide range of watches, and the present example gives a glimpse into his tastes and sensibilities.


Ref. 3183 2
A fine yellow gold wristwatch with date, sweep center seconds and "Khanjar" dial, retailed by Asprey and made for the Sultanate of Oman

Circa 1972
34mm. Diameter
Case, and movement signed, dial signed Asprey

CHF2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for CHF3,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE

Geneva Auctions 13 – 14 May 2017