A well known watch collector whose ownership adds significant cachet to a timepiece, Eric Clapton has never spoken publicly about his fake watch collection. But several of the musician’s watches have come up for sale in recent years, indicating he is fond of Rolex and Patek Philippe.
Several of Clapton’s replica Patek Philippe replica watches that have come to market featured custom-made, featuring one of a kind dials, including the platinum ref. 5004P Phillips. Three more of Clapton’s former fake watches are up for sale at Phillips’ upcoming Hong Kong sale, all fitted with similar dials with a Breguet “12” and spherical hour markers.
The line-up includes the rose gold counterpart of the platinum 5004 sold earlier this year, as well as a pair of ref. 3970s. All are accompanied by certificates from Patek Philippe’s Geneva boutique, each bearing the name “Monsieur Eric Clapton”, attesting to provenance.
Lots 1009 and 1010: Replica Patek Philippe refs. 3970G and 3970R
Purchased by Clapton at the same time on June 10, 2008, the matched perpetual calendar chronographs comprise the ref. 3970G in white gold and ref. 3970R in rose gold. Both are identical to the stock 3970 in terms of the 36mm case, with the crucial difference being the unusual dials.
Lot 1011: Replica Patek Philippe ref. 5004R
Clapton’s ref. 5004R has exactly the same dial design as the refs. 3970, with an italic “12” and round markers for the rest of the hours. But unlike the two preceding fake watches, the ref. 5004R was purchased later, on January 27, 2011.
A split-seconds chronograph with perpetual calendar, the ref. 5004 is almost identical to the ref. 3970. The case is also 36mm but is significantly thicker to accommodate the split-seconds mechanism.