Rolex. A very rare and most attractive 18K gold automatic chronograph wristwatch with black dial, bracelet, original certificate and box
Rolex. A very rare and most attractive 18K gold automatic chronograph wristwatch with black dial, bracelet, original certificate and box


Rolex. A very rare and most attractive 18K gold automatic chronograph wristwatch with black dial, bracelet, original certificate and box
Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified, Cosmograph, Daytona, ref. 116528, case no. Y'393'320, manufactured in 2002
Cal. 4130 automatic movement, 44 jewels, black dial, applied luminous baton numerals, luminous hands, outer red fifths of a second divisions, three engine-turned champagne subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, blank bezel calibrated for 400 units, screw back, screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, 18K gold Rolex Oyster bracelet and deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
40 mm. diam.

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With Rolex Garantie dated 05 February 2003, instructions manual, card holder, original sale tag and seal, original wooden presentation box and outer packaging.

With the arrival of the new millennium, the Rolex Daytona establishes its supremacy as "The Chronograph". It has been seen on the wrists of many notable personalities over the last 40 years. What is really remarkable, and a sign of the iconic status reached by the Rolex Daytona, is when a notable personality who also happens to be one of the most important wristwatch collectors chooses a Daytona - and a modern one nonetheless! - to be part of his extensive collection.

This is the case here. As one can read on the guarantee, this timepiece was purchased by Eric Clapton at "George Pragnell", Rolex retailer in Stratford Upon Avon on 5th February 2003. It is offered here with its complete sales kit including, the guarantee, original box, instruction book, bracelet instruction pamphlet, and original sales tag.

It is easy to understand why this watch caught the attention of such a refined connoisseur as Mr Clapton. The juxtaposition of the bright, luxurious gold case and the midnight black dial is extraordinary. This effect is empahsised by the hazelnut brown sub dials. The luminous hour markers provide optimum legibility and highlight the dark dial.

Eric Clapton

Born on 30th March 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England Eric Patrick Clapton is widely recognised as one of the most important personalities in the music industry. His awards are as countless as his successes, he is the only artist who was inducted three times into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, once as a solo artist, once as part of Cream, and once as a member of the Yardbirds. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him the second best guitarist of all time.

Young Eric's interest in music stems from a gift he received for his 13th birthday: a string guitar. He gained mastery of the instrument at the tender age of 16.

After his first experiences, he eventually joined the band "The Yardbirds" in October 1963. His synthesis and adaptation of blues rhythm and influences, coupled with his talent as a guitar player, soon made him the most talked about guitarist in England. It is during this period that his nickname, Slowhand, was coined. Whenever he broke a guitar on stage, he would wait for a new one, while the public did a "slow handclap". He told his autobiographer, "my nickname of "Slowhand" came from Giorgio Gomelsky. He coined it as a good pun. He kept saying I was a fast player, so he put together the slow handclap phrase into Slowhand as a play on words."

In March 1965 the group wanted to move toward a more pop-oriented style, so Clapton left the band. He joined "John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers", with whom he had an "on-and-off" relationship for one year.
He then joined the band Cream. Over the 28 months they stayed together, Cream became a commercial success, selling millions of records and playing throughout USA and Europe.

After being a member of more bands (Blind Faith, Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, and Derek and the Dominos) he eventually took on a solo career. His already consistent international recognition and fame spiraled upward starting from the early 1980s, and never came down.

In addition to being the most successful musicians of our time, Eric Clapton is also a serious connoisseur and enthusiast of wristwatches. His collection is one of the finest and on the rare occasions a watch leaves it, it never fails to ignite the enthusiasm of the collectors' community.

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