Patek Philippe wristwatch from King Farouk’s collection to be auctioned in Dubai
King Farouk of Egypt had a fascination for collecting watches, which was well-known around the world, and which he had inherited from his father King Fuad.
A wristwatch worn by the late king will be up for bidding at the Christie's Watches and Wristwatches Dubai auction on March 19, according to a report in Khaleej Times, quoting Remy Julia, head of watches for Christie's Middle East, India, and Africa.
The pre-sale estimate for the vintage watch is between $400,000 and $800,000.
King Farouk’s collection comprised some of the most exquisite pieces from renowned and greatest watchmakers around the world.
At Dubai auction, the Patek Philippe wristwatch model 'Reference 1518' created in 1941 and which was personalized for King Farouk with its back case engraved with the Royal Crown of Egypt, along with its star and half moon and the King's initial 'F' will be auctioned.
The UAE has seen increased interest in vintage watch collecting in recent years, and King Farouk’s watch will be the center of attraction in the days running up to the auction.