As you may know, ‘Mr Oakleigh’ now writes a regular column in the luxury lifestyle magazine ‘The Norwich Resident’ (http://www.norwichresident.co.uk).
In September 2014 the article was entitled ‘Rock Star Watches’ and is reproduced for you here:
Stealing the style of a celebrity comes no better than copying a rock star’s look, says resident horologist Mr Oakleigh:
While Eric Clapton is one of the most famous and talented guitarists in the world, he is also famous for his passion for rare watches.
Over the years he has sold several from his collection for extraordinary prices and donated the proceeds to his ‘Crossroads’ charity.
Mr C’s favourite brands are Rolex and Patek Philippe and and the most ‘ordinary’ watch he’s seen with is the Rolex Milgauss that he often wears on stage.
His real passion however is reserved for ultra rare vintage pieces like his incredibly scarce Rolex Yachtmaster Daytona. This was a prototype produced by Rolex in the 1970′s which eventually became the modern Yachtmaster we see today – Value? Even if it didn’t belong to EC, this one has to be £500K
Pride of place in this collection however was once reserved for the rarest Patek Philippe chronograph. His Ref. 2499 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph in platinum was one of only two ever made. On the 12th of November 2012 it sold at Christie’s for USD$3.6 million (over £2.2m) with all the proceeds going to charity. Well done old chap.