In 1959, the late Queen Juliana celebrated her 50th birthday. Modest as she always was, Queen Juliana insisted she wouldn’t be spoiled with a great gift. For once, the Queen’s orders were not obeyed, as she received a stunning diamond watch as a National Gift. Designed by P.F. Belkum from Steltman jewellers, the clock was made by Jaeger-LeCoultre, one of Swiss top luxury brands. The clock mount itself has a platinum base. Royal Coster Diamonds in Amsterdam had the honour of producing the absolute highlight of the watch. Ben Meier, diamond polishers and later owner of Royal Coster, cut a sensational number of 275 small diamonds to be incorporated in the diamond watch. Queen Juliana wore the diamond watch frequently. However, from 1980, when her successor Queen Beatrix was crowned, the diamond watch was not seen for quite some time. It was believed that Queen Beatrix followed the strict etiquette that it wasn’t appropriate to wear a watch at a royal occasion. Luckily for its admirers, Queen Maxima reintroduced the diamond watch in 2006. Since then she wears it regularly for different occasions.
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