It is one of the few watches manufactures that has two completely separate strengths – an incredible history of innovation, and world-class manufacturing capabilities. Today, they go hand in hand, which is why Rolex produces and sells almost one million timepieces a year. But it also produces many limited edition watches, many of which are manufactured as gifts to foreign dignitaries on special occasions or diplomatic visits – or to honour those in military service.
On Rolex watches, in particular, the dials were customised to feature logos and effigies, such as the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE Air Forces, the UAE Eagle, the Abu Dhabi Government, and, on a few very exceptional collections. While none of these limited editions are ever put up for sale by Rolex, they are (rarely) available from vintage watch boutiques. Here are nine of the best, found at Momentum Watch Shop in Dubai International Financial City.