A large 18ct pink gold patek philippe centre seconds wristwatch with enamel dia depicting King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia, with ruby indexes is due to go on sale at the Sotheby's important watch auction in geneva on the 15th May 2011.
This watch was produced as part of a special order from the Patek Philippe retailer in Saudi Arabia to honour King Ibn Saud.
Born in 1876, Abdul al Aziz al Saud, known as Ibn Saud, in 1932 became the first king of modern Saudi Arabia. Under his reign, the Kingdom prospered, especially after the 1938 discovery of oil beneath his sands.
For another example of Ref. 2481 with a different royal portrait, see Huber, M. & Banbery, A., Patek Philippe Wristwatches, Second Edition, p. 207. For an example of Ref. 2481 with a standard dial, see p. 205 of the same text.