Christie‘s will offer King Farouk of Egypt’s personalized Patek Philippe Reference 1518 in its upcoming Dubai watch auction on 23 March 2018, with a pre-sale estimate of $400,000-800,000. Inheriting his love of watches from his father, King Farouk commissioned many pieces from the greatest watchmakers, and the Patek Philippe, reference 1518 bears witness to his refined taste. This model was launched in 1941, and it is estimated that only 281 pieces were created.
Personalizing the piece as part of King Farouk’s collection, this watch has an engraving on the case back of the Royal Crown of Egypt, with its star and half-moon (also found on the Egyptian flag), and the letter “F”. Farouk’s father believed that the letter F was lucky for his family and began the names of his six children with this letter. Sold alongside King Farouk’s watch are the Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with gold indexes in 1944 and its subsequent sale on 7 November 1945.