Artisans de Genève has just revealed its latest project commissioned by a private customer — a custom watch inspired by the ultra-rare Rolex Daytona 6263 “Albino.” This Rolex Daytona variant was made famous when Eric Clapton’s personal “Albino” was sold at a record price of $505,000 USD in 2003, and then later auctioned for a staggering $1.4 million USD in 2015. Born in the ’70s, it is said that only 3-4 examples exist in the world.
Artisans de Genève’s version is based on a more modern 116520 Daytona and sees a number of in-house modifications that extends to the custom barrel, a machined case with removed crown guards, Côtes de Genève bridge, Bakelite bezel, and “Millerighe” MK00 pushers. Details are rich in every part of the watch. A good example of the level of craftsmanship this watch possesses can be seen in the small subdials, where three distinct flame-blued hands contrast the hand-finished silver sunray dial: a pointed stick at 9 o’clock, a straight stick at 6 o’clock, and a tie at 3 o’clock. All the inner-workings can also be admired via the watch’s display back.
Priced at $17,125 USD for the cost of labor alone, this service is offered in extremely limited quantity. Learn more from Artisans de Genève over at the brand’s website.
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