Eric Clapton’s Rare Rolex Replica Cosmograph Daytona 6263 Oyster Albino

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.

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Rolex Replica Cosmograph Daytona Reference 6263 Oyster Albino, once owned by Eric Clapton and now up for auction

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).

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Rolex Replica Cosmograph Daytona Reference 6263 Oyster Albino, once owned by Eric Clapton and now up for auction

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.

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Close-up of the dial of the Rolex Replica Cosmograph Daytona Reference 6263 Oyster Albino, once owned by Eric Clapton and now up for auction

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.

Surprises Also Happen in the World of Mechanical Replica Watches

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Clockwise from top left: Patek Philippe’s Calatrava Pilot Travel Time, Antoine Preziuso’s Tourbillon of Tourbillons, and Fake Hublot’s Big Bang Unico Italia Independent Photo: PHOTO: Replica Patek Philippe, Hublot, Antoine Preziuso

While the tech world buzzes with the Apple Replica Watch, don’t miss the strong traditional replica watch brands also innovating. QUESTION: What makes a strong brand? Answer: You know what it is, you know what it does, and you know what it stands for without being told. An example? McDonald’s. But strong brands sometimes surprise, as McDonald’s did with its introduction of kale salads!

In the replica watch world there are few brands to match the strength of Replica Patek Philippe, and Patek Philippe has surprised us, by launching a pilot replica watch. Patek in the 1930s produced a few pilot replica watches, now on display in the company’s Geneva museum. Customers saw these replica watches and asked for a contemporary version.

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The new Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is more refined then most pilot replica watches around today and less slavishly imitative of the instrument panel of a cockpit. And the watch has complications: second time zone, day/night indicator for both time zones, and a calendar—more suitable for a frequent traveler than a pilot. A kale salad is nowhere near as useful. Price: $47,600 in white gold, with a 42mm case (patek.com)

ANTOINE PREZIUSO

This year Antoine Preziuso celebrates 35 years as an independent watchmaker. Prolific and daring with his designs Mr. Preziuso has been quiet in recent years. At Basel he explained why: He has been working on a new watch, the Tourbillon of Tourbillons, with his son, Florian. The replica watch has three tourbillons connected and synchronized by a differential. Differentials aren’t new in fake swiss watches and neither, of course, are multiple tourbillons. But, the arrangement of one differential and three tourbillons is probably unique. Mr. Preziuso has wrapped his creation in a case of rose gold, titanium and steel; it is 45mm in diameter and 14mm thick. Price: €480,000 (antoine-preziuso.com)

HUBLOT

Hublot often produces stylish, in-your-face watches. This year’s entrant in that category is its Big Bang UnicoItalia Independent, designed in collaboration with Italia Independent, a clothing and lifestyle brand founded by Italian entrepreneur Lapo Elkann—thus covering the style side of things. Like all replica watches in the Unico collection this one is a chronograph with a calendar and a 45mm case.

What’s new is the case material: Texalium, an aluminum-coated carbon fiber that, in an oddly attractive way, accentuates the colors, blue or gray, of the case. The blue version also has a denim-covered rubber strap with titanium studs. Price: $28,600 (hublot.com)

GIRARD-PERREGAUX

If your taste runs more to elegant fake watches inspired by Art Deco, you’re in luck: 2015 sees the 70th anniversary of the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945, a replica watch uk with a medley of curves and straight lines, pink gold and steel and one detail—a round, recessed seconds subdial—that all together evoke one of the first truly modern stylistic eras. The new watch, called Vintage 1945 Small Seconds, has a rectangular case measuring 36.2mm x 35.25mm. Price: $13,050 (girard-perregaux.com)

ORIS

Let’s end on a musical note: For several years, Swiss entry-level mechanical brand Replica Oris UK has launched replica watches commemorating great jazz musicians. The watch created for this year’s honoree, piano maestro Thelonious Monk, has that indefinable but instantly recognizable quality: cool. With a subtle blue sunburst dial, long, thin hour and minute hands, and a simple 40mm stainless-steel case, this watch will never draw attention to itself—an essential component of cool. When this watch is noticed, its beauty will be appreciated—also very cool. Produced in a limited edition of 1,000. Price: $1,900 (oris.ch)