If you have ever wanted to own one of legendary guitar player Eric Clapton’s wristwatches, now’s your chance. Clapton is well-known in replica watch circles for his fabulous collection of rare Replica Rolex and Patek Philippe treasures. And while replica watches from his collection pop up at auction every now and then, they don’t come up often enough for a true fan of both great music and great horology to miss out on an opportunity. So if that fan is you, here’s your opportunity. Clapton’s exceedingly rare Rolex Reference 6263, the “Oyster Albino” Cosmograph Daytona, is part of the next Phillips auction, due to take place on May 10, 2015 in Geneva.
This particular Reference 6263 is one of only four known examples categorized as an Albino. If you know anything about vintage Replica Rolex, then you probably also know that the most sought-after examples – the ones that make collector hearts beat as fast as they can go – are those that have something unusual about them, something that not every Rolex can boast, something that makes them rarer than four-leaf clovers picked by a leprechaun at the end of a rainbow. In this case, it is the silvered dial with the same-color silvered chronograph totalizer subdials (hence the nickname “Albino”). This reference usually sports black chronograph totalizers with white printing.
This example is one of only four known examples of an “Albino” Reference 6263. It was manufactured in 1971 and is powered by manually wound Caliber 727 (which – in case you are a replica watch nerd like me and need to know this – is based on Valjoux Caliber 72). It is housed in a stainless steel case and comes on a stainless steel bracelet. I probably don’t need to tell you that just its rarity factor is enough to drive the price of this gem into the stratosphere. But there is one more element that makes it even more valuable: its provenance. And that provenance is that it was once owned by Slowhand himself (Clapton’s nickname for those that follow the blues rock music scene).
Clapton bought this fake watch in the late 1990s. It was auctioned at Sotheby’s New York sale of June 5, 2003, where it broke the previous world record for a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Replica by selling for $505,000 (five times its pre-auction estimate). Its pre-auction estimate for May is 500,000 to 1,000,000 Swiss francs. I am personally quite confident it will break the one million Swiss franc mark.
The swiss replica watch is, of course, being auctioned by the Phillips replica watch department. If you’re unfamiliar with this auction house in conjunction with this field, it would not necessarily be surprising as it is a relative newcomer to the world of highly collectible timepieces. In fact, its new-found attraction to them has kicked off with a partnership with the highly experienced Bacs & Russo team. Aurel Bacs and Livia Russo were most recently instrumental elements of Christie’s practical domination of the replica watches uk auction world. In fact, during their time at Christie’s watch department, it experienced growth from $8 million to $130 million.
Bacs & Russo SA is an independent adviser to private collectors, manufacturers, and museums and now partners with the recently founded Phillips fake watch department. Phillips’ May auctions taking place in Geneva on May 9 and 10 are the first events of the collaborative new team. Watch the charismatic Bacs talk about the upcoming auction and the ticking stars of its show in a three-minute video UkSwissWatches.