Revealed: Luxury watches made for Arab leaders, countries
Timepieces include one for the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein
Timepieces include those made for the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz Patek Philippe: One of a few limited edition pieces, this watch was ordered by the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein as a gift for a foreign minister. Its striking black dial holds Hussein’s signature and name in Arabic. Under his name is the country’s coat of arms. The 18k white gold piece is valued at approximately $15,000 (AED 55,000). Jaeger-LeCoutre: Made for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this 18k gold coin bracelet watch is engraved with the name of King Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It has a dark blue dial, 18 jewels, and is worth around $10,000 (AED 36,000). Patek Philippe: Part of a limited edition of 150 pieces, this Patek Philippe watch was created to pay homage to the Holy city of Makkah. The emerald green colour of its dial represents the colour of Islam. Around it is the time zone of Makkah and a revolving disc with the names of 24 cities. With a push of a button, the user can change the time zone to any of the mentioned cities. It has 33 jewels and white gold and is estimated to be worth almost $150,000 (AED 550,000). Rolex: Another watch made for Saudi Arabia is this 18k gold Rolex. On its mother-of-pearl dial is the Saudi Arabian coat of arms and magnified date window. With 27 jewels, it’s worth around $ 18,000 (AED 65,000). Vacheron Constantin: A piece dedicated to the late Turkish Sultan, Sultan Suleiman The Magnificent, bears a white dial with his tughra, signature. It was originally built to celebrate 700 years of the Ottoman Empire. It has features applied 18k gold dot numerals and 20 jewels. Its worth about $5,000 (AED 18,000). Rolex: Made for Prince Khalid Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the dial of this Rolex houses the Prince’s emblem and signature. It also entails 18k gold, 19 jewels, and applied pink gold baton numerals. Its worth? Approximately $5,000 (AED 18,000). Universal: Yet another timepiece for Saudi Arabia is this 18k gold bracelet watch which was gifted by the late King Faisal, former king of Saudi Arabia. It features his signature and the Saudi coat of arms. In respect to the Middle Eastern tradition, it is considered a highly important subject to present others with gifts. This gift is worth around $8,000 (AED 29,000). Rolex: A stainless steel and gold watch was made by Rolex for the UAE. On its dial is the emblem of the UAE alongside a date window, gold fluted bezel, gold crown, and gold bracelet. It’s valued at about $5,000 (AED 18,000).