• Rolex GMT-Master customized with the name of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
  • Fresh to the market, this rare timepiece has never previously been offered to collectors

DUBAI, 6 March 2018 – Making its debut at the upcoming Christie’s Dubai auction of Important Watches on Friday, 23 March is a rare, specially-commissioned Rolex GMT-Master featuring the name of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai on its customized dial, estimated at $120,000–160,000 or AED440,000–580,000.

Lot 120 is a very fine and extremely rare stainless steel, dual time automatic Rolex wristwatch with sweep centre, seconds, date and bracelet, which was serviced by Rolex Geneva in 2017. Presented in a Rolex box embossed with the crest of the UAE, the timepiece customized commissioned by HH Sheikh Mohammed also includes a unique artistic representation of the watch – a watercolor on paper combined with digital drawing applied on aluminium, signed by the artist.

“Personalized Rolex watches are highly prized gifts, often created to celebrate milestone occasions, and they are highly sought after by regional and international collectors,” said Remy Julia, head of watches for Christie’s Middle East, India, and Africa.

 “The present reference 1675 with the name of HH Sheikh Mohammed in red is an exceedingly rare example of a Rolex GMT-Master model and given that it has never previously been offered to the market, we anticipate strong interest in this timepiece from collectors in the UAE and around the world,” he added.

With the official founding of the United Arab Emirates on 2 December 1971, uniting its seven emirates, HH Sheikh Mohammed was named as the new country’s first Minister of Defence, the youngest official in the world to hold this position. It was during this period that watches with his name were ordered, including the Rolex being offered by Christie’s.

The Al Maktoum personalized GMT-Master will be among the 219 lot strong sale, available for viewing at Jumeirah Emirates Towers as of Tuesday, 20 March, and is set to be auctioned on Friday, 23 March at 5pm

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2017 that totalled £5.1 billion / $6.6 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.