You may remember the Eric Clapton Patek Philippe ref. 2499 (platinum, of course) that sold a few years back for a record $3.6 million. That one was one of only two platinum 2499s known to exist. That, and the fact that Slowhand himself quite possibly wore the thing in concert, pushed the final hammer price to the record.
And now, we’ve got another ex-Clapton piece hitting the auction block. Lot 214 in the first-ever watch auction for Phillips is a pristine – and super-rare Rolex ref. 6263 Cosmograph Daytona with a so-called “albino dial.” The dial is called albino because the entire dial, sub-dials and all, is silver.
As you can see, the effect is striking.
The famous axe-man and collector bought the rarity in the late ‘90s, then sold it at Christie’s in 2003 for about $50,000. In 2008 it sold at Sotheby’s for $505,000. Now you’ll have your chance to own it on May 10. Better tap the trust fund first, though. This time the catalogue estimate is $500k to $1M, and the Cognoscenti are predicting it will go for well over $1 Million.