After recently offering a painting ‘Abstraktes Bild’ by Gerhard Richter valued at $20 million, almost 20 times the price originally paid; the greatest guitarist of all time, and the only person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times, the legendary Eric Clapton is now offering his ultra-rare platinum-cased Patek Philippe 2499 timepiece. Described to be just ‘spectacular’, the rock star’s platinum-cased Patek Philippe is one of just two of its type and the only one which has ever been available for sale. Notably, this legendary masterpiece of horology, which is part of the ‘Slowhand’ Eric Clapton’s extensive watch collection that include several Rolexes, will go under the hammer at the Christie’s Geneva sale on November 12 at the Four Seasons hotel, where it's expected to fetch a handsome price of $4.3 million. Also, at the Geneva sale, collectors will get to grab a 76-carat Golconda diamond ‘Archduke Joseph Diamond’, which is expected to fetch over $15 million.
This ultra-rare and the finest Patek Philippe watch impressively displays the perfect combination of elegant design, brilliant functions, mechanical complexity and the case proportions.
Historically, the Patek Philippe reference 2499 was launched back in year 1951, and remained in production for almost 35 years, during which a total of only 349 examples were produced. And, only just two examples were got specially cased in platinum, which were actually not intended for sale.
Out of two limited units, one now highlights the Patek Philippe museum in Geneva, and the other platinum-cased 2499 watch ended up in the hands of Eric Clapton. The watch before being acquired by Clapton was owned by Europe’s prominent collector Vintage Patek Philippe watches, who bought it when it was first offered on sale at the historical “The Art of Patek Philippe’ auction in Geneva, back in 1989.
UPDATE: Eric Clapton's Patek Philippe Ref.2499 platinum wristwatch was auctioned by Chrisite's for $3.6m.