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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2002
    Reference No: 116'528
    Movement No: C0'063'873
    Case No: Y'393'320
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4130, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 185mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex twinlock folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated February 5, 2003 confirming sale of the present watch to Eric Clapton, sales tag, product literature and wallet.
    Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Eric Clapton, CBE

  • Provenance

    Formerly in the collection of Eric Clapton, CBE

  • Catalogue Essay

    This Cosmograph Daytona, fitted with a black dial, is cased in yellow gold. Heavy, lavish and bold, it's a luxurious update to the stainless steel model. The black dial contrasts against the champagne registers and red outer minute track, conjuring color schemes of Daytonas in the past. In fact, one could even say it is similar to the design of the Paul Newman Daytona.

    This watch is furthermore preserved in excellent condition and worn a handful of times only.

    The present watch is accompanied by its original punched guarantee, stating the watch was purchased by Sir Eric Clapton on February 5, 2003, at George Pragnell in Stratford-Upon-Avon. This is confirmed by the punched country code on the guarantee, 160, for the United Kingdom.

    A multiple award winning singer and songwriter, Sir Eric Clapton is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A true connoisseur in the field of art, horology and car collecting, his exquisite taste is well-known to the collecting community. Eric Clapton's exceptional collection of fine wristwatches is legendary. In the oft-chance that his watches are offered to the market, it without a doubt incites excitement among scholars and collectors alike.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 116'528
A rare yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and guarantee, formerly in the collection of Eric Clapton, CBE

40mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF25,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF47,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017