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Formerly the Property of the late Ibn Saud, King of Saudi Arabia
The father of the present owner worked for the Saudi Government in Saudi Arabia from 1951 to 1957. While stationed in Riyadh, he and his wife met one of King Ibn Saud's personal physicians, a German doctor from Krefeld, with whom they became friends and spent holidays in the Royal Oasis.
The physician had received numerous wristwatches as gifts from King Ibn Saud and asked the father of the present owner to help him selling these to the other Europeans living in Riyadh, mostly German and Swiss citizens.
While looking through the collection, this watch immediately attracted his attention and he and the physician came to a satisfying agreement. Since this day, the watch has been the property of the same family.
For two watches signed Patek Philippe, made to commemorate Saud bin Abdul Aziz, King of Saudi Arabia from 1953 to 1964 and son of the founder of Saudi Arabia and the country's first King Abd al-Aziz ibn Saud see lots 217 and 218 in this auction.
FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE IBN SAUD, KING OF SAUDI ARABIA