Important Collectors’ Wristwatches, P...

Geneva, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Du Rhône, Nov 12, 2006

LOT 98

?King Farouk? Breguet, No. 1880/24071. Presentation watch specially made for King Farouk, circa 1935. Fine and rare, silver and yellow gold, keyless dress watch with the original presentation box with applied gilt crown.

CHF 4,000 - 6,000

EUR 2,500 - 3,800 / USD 3,200 - 4,800

Sold: CHF 5,900

C. Four-body, ?forme collier?, polished, yellow gold bezels and bow, the back cover engraved with the cipher of King Farouk beneath a crown. Hinged silver cuvette. D. Matte silver, black Arabic numerals, outer minute track, subsidiary seconds, moiré center with signature cartouche. Black ?Breguet? hands. M. 17???, rhodium-plated, ?fausses côtes? decoration, 17 jewels, counterpoised straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance, blued steel Breguet balance spring, index regulator. Dial and case signed, movement numbered. Diam. 46 mm. Presentation pocket watches in their original fitted boxes, specially made for King Farouk of Egypt.

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3


Movement: 2

Very good

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


King Farouk of Egypt Born in Cairo in 1920, Farouk was the son and successor of King Fouad. Since Farouk was under age when he acceded to the throne, a regency council was formed until his constitutional powers were handed over to him in July 1937. In July 1952, under the pressure of the army's revolution led by Mohammad Nagib (1901-1984), King Farouk was forced to abdicate the throne to his son Ahmad Fouad II who was then still a child (born 1952). Farouk left Egypt for Europe. He died in 1965 in Rome and was buried in Egypt. During his exile in Europe, Farouk became a well established collector, particularly of small decorative objects. Among his extensive collection of objects of vertu, including several Fabergé creations, was a range of watches, primarily enameled examples, from 1780 to 1820, with music, automata and sometimes with erotic scenes. He also favored watches made for the Turkish or Far Eastern markets and was fond of modern watches, whether pocket or wristwatches, by the most prestigious makers. Whenever he had to present a gift, it would often be a watch.