In 1945 Rolex created the flagship Datejust to mark the company’s 40th anniversary. This model was the world’s first self-winding wristwatch with a date indication. With the Datejust, Rolex also introduced the iconic 5-piece jubilee bracelet, first in solid gold and later in bicolor and stainless steel. On the tenth anniversary of the Datejust in 1955, the magnifying ‘cyclops lens’ was introduced on the Datejust.
Rolex Datejust 16220 ‘Saudi Swords, King Fahd Signed’
King Fahd was the head of the house of Saud, prime minister and king of Saudi-Arabia from 1982 to 2005. During his period, King Fahd closed the biggest and most controversial military contract of the century. The Al-Yamamah arms deal; for over 20 years, King Fahd delivered the British government 60.000 barrels of crude oil per day in return for fire arms.
Therefore, King Fahd let Rolex make his own ‘King Fahd Dial’ to celebrate the deal and give away as a present to business relations and government officials. This Rolex Datejust 16220 was originally one of these gifts and dates back to 1989.
The watch is made from stainless steel, has a case size of 36 millimeters and runs on caliber 3135. In between the stainless steel engine-turned bezel, there is a sapphire crystal under which we can see the beautiful and very rare silvered ‘Coat of Arms of Saudi-Aribia Dial’, which is King Fahd signed.
This watch comes including its original service papers from Rolex Brazil.