On January 10, 2020, Qaboos bin Said al Said (Qaboos bin Said al Said, from now on referred to as the former head of state of the Sultanate of Oman (from now on referred to as Oman), passed away due to illness. Governing the country during the half-century-long governance process, Qaboos has built Oman from a poor state to an economically independent, prosperous, and peaceful country that attracts worldwide attention.
Qaboos has made remarkable achievements, and in the seemingly irrelevant field of watches, his cross-server operation has also left a strong mark in history. In this issue, we will review the romance between Qaboos and watches. Imitation Rolex.
Oman national emblem
Let’s take a look at Khanjar, the national emblem of Oman. The central pattern includes two crossed Arabic scimitars with scabbards and engraved designs. At the scimitars’ intersection is an upright Omani dagger with sheaths. The horizontal is worn with a sword, which as a whole, symbolizes that the people will not hesitate to use force to defend national sovereignty and independence.
Why does Khanjar, the national emblem of Oman, appear on the Rolex dial?
I have said something like this before: History will always give you the answer. That’s right, let us now review a section about the politics and history of Qaboos to solve this question.
Oman is a hereditary country, and Qaboos, as the only son, succeeded the Sultan (the Sultan here refers to the supreme leader of Oman) as a matter of course. But it didn’t go well because Qaboos and his father had political differences.
On November 18, 1940, Qaboos was born in Salalah, Dhofar Province, Oman. When he was in his teens, Qaboos was sent to England by his father to receive a Western-style education and then transferred to the nobles favored by the royal relatives of the Arab countries—schools – St. Hesta Military Academy for higher education.
After two years of military study and training, Qaboos completed his studies and received the rank of second lieutenant. After graduation, he went to serve in what was then West Germany.
During this time in the UK, Qaboos got acquainted with Tim Landon, which laid the foundation for future coups and watch customization.
In 1964, after returning to China, Qaboos tried to persuade his father to “change the governance model and get rid of the backwardness of the country.” Still, the result was counterproductive, and he was banned by his father in Salalah until 1970.
The military experience allowed Qaboos to survive the six years of confinement. He devoted himself to the study of Islam, looked at the changes in Oman’s country and people, and studied the works of many thinkers in the world on politics and philosophy, which laid a solid foundation for governing the country. Foundation.
We know that Oman is located on the Arabian Peninsula, and its strategic position is critical. Since 1744, it has maintained “military and political relations” with Britain.
In the 1960s, the interior of Oman could have been more peaceful. Due to dissatisfaction with Qaboos’ father’s regime, the rebel army established the Dhofar Liberation Front (DLF) in Dhofar Province, where Qaboos was born. England was in great trouble.
Moreover, the Dhofar Liberation Front is not just an organization composed of separatists. Its ideological forms are diverse, and Arab socialism and communism play an essential role.
The Socialist Republic of South Yemen, which had just completed its independence from the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union behind it also provided many weapons and tactical support to the “Zuozheng,” significantly increasing its combat effectiveness.
Great Britain struck.
The British discovered that the old Sultan was an idiot who could not be supported. Not only did he have no military and political wisdom, but he also had no prestige among the people. To change this situation, the British assisted Qaboos, who had received a modern education, to take over the regime.
On July 23, 1970, the full-fledged Qaboos abolished his father, ascended the throne of Sudan, and changed the country’s name from “Muscat and Oman Sultanate” to the current “Oman Sultanate.” The “bloodless coup” came to an end.
Tim Landon, mentioned above, is known as the mysterious “White Sultan.” As Qaboos’ friend and advisor, he served as a bridge between Britain and the Arab world during this period.
British military base in Mirbat city, Dhofar province
Qaboos took office, and the problem of the rebels still existed, so within a few hours after the coup, the British Army Special Air Service (SAS) airborne Oman and the Omani government forces fought against the “Zuo Zhen.” Oman’s regular army was also expanded and issued new weapons provided by Britain, and the balance of victory was tilted.
On July 19, 1972, the rebel army, which was at the end of its strength, was dispatched in an attempt to capture the British base in Mirbat City, Dhofar Province, but was blocked by 9 SAS soldiers and a small number of government soldiers for several hours. Three BAC-167 attack planes rushing to help were repulsed. A few years later, all sporadic rebellions were wholly suppressed, and peace returned to Oman.
In 1973, British troops withdrew from Oman.
Regarding the above history, the British side is somewhat taboo because it is already an act of intervening in the regime of other countries, so in the future, the United Kingdom will deliberately downplay the behavior of the British military during this period.
However, history has already happened. In recognition of the contribution of SAS and the fact that Tim Landon introduced Asprey before, Qaboos ordered a batch of Rolex 1665 with Khanjar, the national emblem of Oman, from this British luxury brand and retailer to SAS Troop Soldiers.
The question is solved.
Then another question arises, how did a new regime persuade world-renowned watch brands to add the national emblem and significantly move the original dial signature layout to fit the placement of the national symbol? This seems unimaginable today.
Asprey played a central role.
Asprey boutique in London
After Qaboos came to power, he hoped to have some products that contained the king’s seal. On the one hand, it was used as a reward for those who have done meritorious deeds, and on the other hand, it was used to help him consolidate his reputation and regime. Asprey’s idea was to add Khanjar, the national emblem of Oman, to the watch, and the two hit it off.
Qaboos is very generous, and the national emblem Khanjar watch will also be given to nobles, friends, or people who think it is worthy of reward. Therefore, the current national emblem Khanjar watch in the secondary market is still considerable.
Not only watches, Asprey also provides Qaboos with products such as jewelry, silverware, and hunting accessories. In addition, many royal families in Europe and the Middle East are also loyal customers of Asprey. In short, Asprey has a lot of influence. Replica watches for sale.
Asprey’s influence is also reflected in its relationship with watch brands, and it can obtain two different types of dials.
The first type is the original dial. Asprey’s workshop engraves the national emblem Khanjar on the blank space or the back of the watch, which is sometimes slightly abrupt.
Engraving on the case back
The second is that after the remarkable improvement of the watch brand, the dial is specially reserved for the national emblem Khanjar so that the overall look will be more coordinated, such as Shawn Yue’s 1665, the words such as the sea-dwelling type and waterproof depth above 6 o’clock are all removed. , left alone for the National Emblem Khanjar.
Lost the Rolex of ROLEX
Lost the series, waterproof depth of Rolex
The imprint of the national emblem Khanjar is not invariable; the most common is the style seen above and also includes the crown version and the police version.
Three different styles
The crown version probably appeared around 1978 or 1979
Police versions are rare as they are only available to serving cops.
The last one is the dial signed by Qaboos, which is also extremely rare.
Daytona and Sea-Dweller dials
Qaboos’ signature replaces the national emblem, Khanjar.
Asprey is among many to use the national emblem Khanjar on the dial. Some local retailers in Oman, such as Khimji Ramdas and Al Qurum Jewelery, have been authorized. Khimji Ramdas is the exclusive distributor of Rolex in Oman, selling brands such as Cartier and IWC; Al Qurum Jewelery is a distributor of all brands, including Patek Philippe.
Cartier engraved with the national emblem Khanjar.
IWC engraved with the national emblem Khanjar
However, the relationship between the dealers and the watch brand is less intense than Asprey’s. They cannot obtain specially improved dials, so when the national emblem Khanjar is often printed on the dial, it is easy to give people the feeling of adding later. However, they are indeed legal.
Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet have engraved the national emblem Khanjar on the disk, including the scarce platinum Nautilus 3700, 3700 is less, platinum 3700 less. The national logo Khanjar platinum 3700 is even less.
National Emblem Khanjar Platinum 3700
It was auctioned at a high price of more than 4.3 million.
National Emblem Khanjar Royal Oak 5402
It was auctioned for a high price of 640,000
Undoubtedly, if an item is connected with the royal family, its attractiveness and value will be significantly enhanced. The departure of Qaboos probably means that the National Emblem Khanjar watch has been “discontinued” since then.
Band Length: 18cm
Case Thickness: 15mm
Engine: Rolex Calibre 2836/2813
Case Color: Silver-tone