Rock legend Eric Clapton is selling one of the finest of his watches in what is described by Christie’s auctioneers as an exceptional collection.
The guitarist will offer an ultra rare platinum-cased Patek Philippe (reference 2499/100) Perpetual Calendar Chronograph. A rose gold version of the same watch sold at auction earlier this year for $2.8 million (£1.8m).
Clapton’s watch is expected to fetch over £2.5 million when it goes under the hammer at Christie’s Geneva Auction on November 12.
It is the star lot of an auction that is expected to raise a total of over $16 million (£10m).
Two other historically important platinum Patek Philippe watches in the sale include a unique platinum wristwatch (ref. 2458), specially made in 1952 for the collector J.B. and a platinum chronograph wristwatch (ref. 1579) manufactured in 1946.
Only 349 pieces were created by Patek Philippe of its 2499 model, only two of which were made in platinum. Clapton’s watch is the only one in private hands. The other one is in the Patek Philippe museum in Geneva.