Rare Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Albino” Once Owned by Eric Clapton to Go on Auction

Celebrities associate their public image with the accessories they spend hundred of thousand if not millions of dollars for. Some collect high-end sunglasses like Elton John, others are Porsche enthusiasts like Jerry Seinfeld. Some brag all day long with the latest tuning features they enhanced their Rolls-Royce cars with. Slow Hand (which is Eric Clapton's nickname among musicians) is a luxury timepiece collector.
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It’s late in the evening; she’s wondering what clothes to wear”... Clearly one of the artist's biggest hits, the song itself was obviously referring to a beautiful woman. It doesn’t mean, however, there’s no reference to one of the singer’s rare timepieces in one of his songs. As opposed to rappers who can’t stop from bragging about their cars, blues icons like Eric Clapton are a lot more subtle about it.

Whether the famous blues artist ever sang of his watches, we don't know, but he clearly knows a lot about them. Part of a fine collectors watch auction organized by Phillips that will take place in Geneva May 9-10, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Albino” is a true masterpiece. It is one of the most renowned three existing examples on the planet and has an estimated value ranging between Sfr. 500,000 and 1 million ($466,000 to $930,000).

Apart from the fact it’s extremely rare, what makes it incredibly valuable is its color. According to Phillips, since the creation of the Rolex Daytona in 1963, models have always featured subsidiary dials contrasting with a dark color, either white on black or black on white. This 1970 model once owned by Eric Clapton, however, stands out by carrying a uniform off-white silvery color - hence its nickname: Albino.

After being part of the artist’s personal collection, it was later sold at auction and is now offered from one of the world’s most complete and important collections of Rolex Daytona watches.


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