Interestingly enough, it is believed that the inspiration for placing the Khanjar on the dial of certain watches partly came from Asprey himself. Qaboos was struck by the power of the various Royal warrants carried by the Asprey brand and, when he came to power, he wanted a similar magisterial crest that would help give some credibility and legitimacy to his reign. It would also act as an influential piece of advertisement for his new country.
Asprey was not only the inspiration for placing the Khanjar on watches, but also the facilitator. Being a rather private man, it was useful for the Sultan to have an intermediary like Asprey, who would give him a near direct line to some of the most established watch brands in the world, all in a time before watch collecting had really taken off. By way of this route, the late Sultan Qaboos became one of the most prolific collectors of the 20th century...
This idea of spreading the influence and recognition of Oman is central to the story of the Khanjar pieces. This sentiment, coupled with the Sultan's natural generosity, resulted in many of the Khanjar-signed watches being given away as gifts. Whether you were a trusted adviser, a foreign dignitary or part of the waiting staff at a restaurant that the Sultan had booked out, all could be gifted a Khanjar-signed Daytona 6263. It just depended on what Qaboos had at hand.
There are also rumours of English Special Forces who fought in a specific battle, all being given golden Khanjar Rolexes, in thanks for their service. Though this particular story is unverified, there are many like it floating around, which speak to the Sultan's approach of gifting watches, as a way of manifesting his generosity and spreading his influence. After all, placing the coat of arms of your newly established nation alongside names like Patek Philippe or Rolex, it could be argued, added a certain legitimacy.