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01/18/23
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Lot #1881

Rolex Oysterdate 6694 Abdullah Al Jabir Al Sabah King of Kuwait

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Introduction

The Rolex Oysterdate is an admittedly utilitarian watch. Refined and free from excess like a lot of other Rolex models, it is a tool watch in its purest form. Launched as the ref. 6094 in Rolex’s busiest year, 1953, it featured the manual-wind cal. 1215. This was eventually upgraded to the cal. 1225 that powered the reference we have here, the ref. 6694 that debuted in the early 1960s. Svelte by today’s proportions, the Oysterdate was sold as an entry-level version of the Datejust, with its 2mm smaller 34mm case and manual movement allowing its retail price to be that bit more palatable. This more accessible price worked in enabling groups to purchase the watch, just like the Kuwaiti Royal Family, who bought this particular example in 1966 to have its dial stamped with the name of Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah, Kuwait’s fifth king who would go on to have a massive impact on the development of Kuwait, with his diplomatic efforts seeing the Ottoman Empire supply Kuwait with drinking water, along with helping the country work through several natural disasters and even minting the country’s first coins. A legendary Kuwaiti leader, this Rolex celebrates his impact on Kuwait and serves as a reminder of Rolex’s status as the watch that these royal families used to mark the reign of their previous members.

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Grade

V 8

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch Only

Est. value range

$3,000 – $5,000

The Details

Brand

Rolex

Dimensions

34mm

Model

Oysterdate

Movement

Manual-wind cal. 1225

Reference

6694

Bracelet

Stainless steel Oyster bracelet

Year

1966

Condition

Very good

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch only

Dial Color

Black

THE DIAL

Fitted with a jet-black dial, this example boasts applied indices with beautifully aged corresponding lume pips, dauphine hands, and the
pièce de résistance, Arabic script at 6 o'clock, denoting this timepiece as a watch from the Kuwaiti Royal Family's collection that celebrates Kuwait's fifth ruler Sheikh Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah.

THE CONSTRUCTION

A watch designed to be worn hard and subjected to harsh wear and tear, the ref. 6694's stainless steel construction has proven to withstand the decades quite well and live up to its task.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in very good overall condition. Case is in excellent condition with minimal surface wear- it has been polished over the years but retains thick lugs and a sharp bezel. Black gilt dial is in overall very good condition. It has light even spotting on the surface, and lume plots that are aged and slightly broken. Dial script says "Abdullah Bin Jabir Al Sabah King of Kuwait". There are 11 links total, and the band has light stretch.

Our Perspective

The intertwining of Rolex's history with the Middle East's royal families is a tale seemingly as old as time, with pieces just like this example enjoying enormous fanfare from collectors dedicated to owning these special-order pieces of horological history.

Sam Hines

Managing Director