The crown on the dial and the Arabic writing are the clue. The owner of the watch, Michael, was working for the Zoological Society of London in the late 70s and 80s. Part of the job as a senior staff member was to take a turn at being duty officer at the London Zoo over weekends.On one occasion, Queen Noor of Jordan visited the Zoo with her children, and Michael was asked to show her and her family round the Zoo. He remembers her as a truly charming lady, but he wasn’t so sure about the female bodyguard. The following Monday after the visit, a representative from the embassy presented Michael with this watch and a personal letter from Queen Noor. Queen Noor wrote to him asking advice about whether or not she should accept a lion cub as a gift for her children.
The watch has been well worn since then, and is in need of some attention.
Close-up of the dial. There is a scratch between the centre and the date window, but otherwise, the condition is good considering the age of the watch. Now I would really like one of my Arabic speaking readers to let me know what the writing under the crown says!
An old friend, the ETA 2824.
And the bottom plate is back together and ready for the dial.I give the crystal a light polish as it has a lot of scratches, and put the watch back together. The design clearly makes this watch a child of its time, and with the story behind it, a great watch to have!