The Unlikely Watch Collector: The Shah of Iran

A champion of modernity, the Shah of Iran was also an authority on watches, vintage vehicles, and lavish parties.

BY FRÉDÉRIC BRUN Contributor to Watchonista

Read this interesting article recently published in Watchonista. A multifaceted man with a deep interest in cars, sport and military design, the Shah was also a champion of the first experiments Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet did in producing an ultra luxury sports watch in stainless steel. Not just the first owner of the Royal Oak, the Shah appreciated the versatility of these Genta designed sports watches, wearing them with his elegant suits to his office in Sa'dabad Palace.

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, wearing one of the earliest Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 3700s ever produced in his office late 1970s
Sa'dabad Palace in Tehran, built in 19th Century, was Iran's 'White House' where the Shah's offices were located a walking distance from his residence
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