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HODINKEE Takes a Retrospective Look at Eric Clapton's Rolex Pre-Daytona Reference 6034 in Rose Gold

Available to the highest bidder this weekend is one of the cooler vintage Rolexs to go on sale in recent memory: an early 1950s chronograph that once belonged to guitar god Eric Clapton. Due to be available this Saturday via online auction house Auctionata, the piece, as HODINKEE points out, is incredibly interesting for a number of reasons.

As reference 6034, the watch exists as one of Rolex’s always unique “pre-Daytona” designs while eschewing both steel and yellow gold in favor of rose gold – a metal far rarer than the others mentioned. Powered by a calibre R 72 manual wind movement, the chronograph employs a silver dial, gold hands, and a case that measures 35mm in diameter and 12mm thick.

Fully functional and in extremely good condition, Clapton’s unique timepiece will be available beginning Saturday, June 28 at 6 p.m. CET with a starting price of €50,000 EUR (approximately $68,000 USD) and an estimated valuation of €100,000 EUR (approximately $136,000 USD).

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