Lot 746
  • 746


20,000 - 30,000 USD
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  • Rolex
  • yellow gold, alligator
  • diameter 36 mm
• cal. 23 manual winding nickel lever movement, 17 jewels • silvered dial, applied yellow gold faceted dart indexes with luminescent dots, yellow gold luminescent Lancette hands, engine turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, and 30 minute registers, outer black minute and 1/5 second divisions, outermost blue tachometer scale • 18k yellow gold case, round chronograph pushers, screw down crown and solid case back • case, dial, and movement signed • with an 18k yellow gold Rolex buckle


The Collection of Eric Clapton

Christie's, Important Pocket Watches & Wristwatches Featuring Property from the Collection of Eric Clapton, New York, 2003


The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement. Case in overall good condition with light wear, markings, and signs of polish to the lugs edges. Upper right lug with a small indentation to the edge. Lower left lug with some markings and light nick to the inside top edge. Case bands with wear, scuffs, and light oxidation. Case back with wear, some scratches and scuffs and two areas of undulations, small nick to the case back edge, light scratches from strap changes, crisp gold hallmark to the lug, serial numbers in excellent crisp condition at 6. Dial in excellent, original condition with lume plots missing at 1 and 6 o'clock. Some oxidation to the threads of the screw down crown. Chronograph function working properly. ***Please be advised that the bands on this watch are made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) and thus not sold with the watch, they are for display purposes only. We will remove these bands prior to international shipping.***
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by one Rolex pouch. 

The present lot was formerly in the collection of the legendary musician and guitarist, Eric Clapton.  Clapton, a serious watch aficionado, is known for his impressive collection of important watches, including several exceptional vintage Rolex pieces.