Ahead of the Christie’s Important Watches Auction in Dubai on March 19, a cocktail preview was organized for select WatchTime Middle East readers at the Godolphin Ballroom, Emirates Towers Hotel this week. 

Readers and guests had the opportunity to get a close look at the some really rare timepieces from the upcoming Dubai as well as the Christie’s Geneva Auction in May. Also on view was the private Cartier collection of a Dubai-based collector.

Guillame Joly and JP MondalekStephane Von Bueren and Carine Wittwer

The star of the show was a Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 from 1981. Ref. 2499/100 is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest watch models ever created. Throughout the years, the reference has undoubtedly influenced the designs of many watchmakers and is now highly sought-after by collectors. 

This timepiece is part of the fourth and last series of reference 2499 produced and is being sold at an auction in the Middle East for the first time.

Another big-hitter on parade was a Rolex Daytona Ref.6263 ‘Paul Newman’ with offered by its original owner, who meticulously kept the box, original warranty and receipts. 

Omega Speedmaster on the wrist of a guest.


A Rolex Submariner on the wrist of a guest.


A Panerai PAM 425 SLC spotted on the wrist of a guest.


Osman Bhurgri and Edward Surgeon


This Seiko Turtle got a fair bit of attention.


Jean-Francois Lapierre and Randa Al Behesh


Nitin Nair and Ben Haylock


Remy Julia and Anoushka Mohammed


You can read our preview of the top watches of the Dubai Important Watches auction here