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Maradona watch, stolen in Dubai, recovered in Assam, 1 arrested

Assam Police recovered a limited edition heritage Hublot watch belonging to the legendary Argentinian footballer from Sivasagar in collaboration with Dubai Police

Written by Debraj Deb | Agartala |
Updated: December 12, 2021 2:20:15 am
Diego Maradona's watch; accused Wazid Hussein (Twitter/@himantabiswa)

A watch belonging to legendary footballer Diego Maradona, which was allegedly stolen in Dubai, has been recovered from Assam’s Sivasagar early on Saturday. Police have arrested a 37-year-old local resident in this case.

The Assam Police recovered a limited edition heritage Hublot watch belonging to the late Argentinian footballer in collaboration with the Dubai Police after getting a tip-off about the theft from a Central agency.

The accused has been identified as Wazid Hussain, a resident of Sivsagar district, who used to work as a security guard at a premise Maradona used to visit during his Dubai tours when was alive, according to police. The accused is alleged to have stolen a safe containing various belongings of Maradona, including this heritage Hublot watch.

Disclosing the recovery of Maradona’s watch, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted: “In an act of international cooperation, Assam police has coordinated with Dubai Police HQs through Indian federal LEA to recover a heritage Hublot watch belonging to legendary footballer Late Diego Maradona and arrested one Wazid Hussein. Follow-up lawful action is being taken”.

Assam Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta also posted a series of tweets in connection with the case. “A costly Hublot watch… Maradona… Dubai… Assam Police Looks like random words, don’t they? But today all these words came together nicely, stating a story of successful International Cooperation between #DubaiPolice and @assampolice,” the DGP said.

“As informed through Central Agency by Dubai Police, one Wazid Hussain had stolen a limited edition Maradona signed Hublot watch and fled to Assam. Today morning at 4:00 AM we arrested Wazid from his residence in Sibsagar. The limited-edition olive watch has been recovered from him,” the DGP added.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Sivsagar district superintendent of police (SP) Rakesh Roushan said Wazid used to work at Maradona’s Dubai premise since 2016 and has returned three days ago. “Dubai Police shared details of the theft with an Indian federal law enforcement agency. I received the information from our Special Director General of Law and Order last evening. We launched the operation and managed to recover stolen watch and apprehended the culprit,” he said.

The Assam Police are now working out on whether the arrested man would be handed over to the Dubai Police since the alleged crime occurred there. They are interrogating him to ascertain other details such as his accomplices or motives.

Maradona was seen sporting two Hublot Big Bang watches during the FIFA World Cup 2010. Sources said the stolen watch might have a price tag of Rs. 20 lakhs.

According to watch-id.com, the “Hublot Maradona Big Bang Chronograph” is 44.5 mm in diameter, and is composed of black ceramic, microblasted for texture. It has a sapphire crystal covered in a black dial face, adorned with Argentine blue and white in luminescent on numerals. Maradona’s jersey number, 10 in Mexcellent font is inscribed on a sub-dial around the 3 o’clock position, while an etched version of his signature is on the dial’s 6 o’clock position.

The watch also features Hublot’s HUB1146 chronograph movement with 55 jewels and 42 hours power reserve. The black ceramic case back has an image of Maradona with his arms up in victory. A luxurious alligator band reinforced with rubber back and Argentine blue stitching further accentuate the timepiece. It was a limited edition watch, all of whose 250 units were sold out during the FIFA World Cup 2010, states watch-id.com, a website that provides expert opinion on watches, especially celeberities’ watches.

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