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  • Manufacturer: Universal
    Year: Circa 1980
    Reference No: 18205/11/TW
    Case No: 78’204
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 820, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K pink Universal Genève mesh bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Universal Genève folding clasp
    Dimensions: 32.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Born in 1906, Prince Faisal Ibn Abdul Aziz Al Saud was an important figure whom forged and shaped modern Saudi Arabia and was declared king and crowned in 1964. Likely to be presented as gifts and exclusive to members of his force, the present example features an unusual textured dial by Universal, with the Saudi Royal Family Coat of Arms (palm tree and two crossing swords) and signature of King Faisal below 12 o’clock.

    Offered in an excellent crisp condition and accompanied with an attractively rare integrated bracelet, the present example bearing these national symbol of His majesty is no doubt and fine and unusual timepiece for collectors.

  • Artist Biography

    Universal

    Swiss • 1894

    Universal Genève was founded in Le Locle, Switzerland in 1894 and was originally known as "Universal Watch." Since its inception, Universal Genève has produced watches with unusually high quality for their price point. Universal was among the first brands to introduce a chronograph wristwatch.

    Today, the firm's vintage models are highly sought-after and desired for their oversized cases and interesting dial designs. Key models include a variety of "Compax" models such as the "Nina Rindt" or "Evil Nina," the Uni-Compax, the Space-Compax, the Aero-Compax and the Film-Compax.

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Ref. 18205/11/TW
A rare and attractive pink gold wristwatch with linen dial and integrated bracelet, made for King Faisal of Saudi Arabia

Circa 1980
32.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$40,000 - 60,000 
€4,300-6,400
$5,100-7,700

Sold for HK$40,320

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021