One thing we can’t deny is Eric Clapton’s exquisite taste. This is most evident in his musical work, but at the same time, he uses it in every aspect of his private life replica rolex Datejust wacthes.
Eric Clapton was an avid collector of cars, especially Ferraris, as well as vintage watches. From the Eric Clapton collection that is now up for auction, we can learn that he focuses on rare models from leading brands such as Rolex. The Rolex Ref. 6263 “Oyster Albino” Daytona was once part of the famous musician’s collection.
What makes this watch unique is that the subdials (and sub-seconds) of the chronograph functions are not black with white printed indices, but the same silvery white as the rest of the dial, which is why the watch is called “Albino”. The subdials are not entirely colourless, and the blued steel chronograph hands stand out against the black tachymeter dial on a silvery white background.
The result is a very plain watch, but one that is all the more impressive for it. What makes this Daytona so rare and unique is that, in addition to having belonged to Eric Clapton, it is one of the four known “albino” Daytona watches. What’s more, everything from the bezel, to the chronograph pushers, to the Calibre 727 hand-wound movement is original.
Rare and exceptional DeTourners, especially exceptional timepieces from prestigious backgrounds, have seen their prices soar at auction in recent years: in 2015, the Rolex Ref. 6263 “Oyster Albino” DeTourners fetched CHF 1,325,000, earning Eric Clapton a handsome return for a short sale. He purchased the watch a few years ago for just $505,000.