Universal Geneve “Eric Clapton” Serial Number Project

Below is an aggregation all of the Universal Geneve 881101/01 (aka “Eric Clapton”) pieces I have located. If you find others, please contact me with a link and/or images and serial number if available. I am not including the “Evil Clapton” (881101/02) in my research.

I have found the following Clapton serial number ranges, though obviously limited in number, and many are posted online without caseback images or serial number provided (or, at times, they are polished/worn off). I have seen reference to comments that these serials were easily worn off, but just as often it appears from images that the caseback has been polished completely.

Ranges I have seen for the Universal Geneve 881101/01 “Eric Clapton”: 2335xxx – 2556xxx, with one outlier at 226xxx.

If you believe the Universal Geneve production dates from Universal Watch Geneve by Pietro Sala, the standard range for the Universal Geneve 881101/01 for this serial number database is 1963 – 1967.

The watches represented on each row in the table below are intended to be unique, though given serial numbers are often not shown, the same watch may appear multiple times. I do my best to use visual cues to pair the same watch posted at different times. When the serial number can’t be established, I give the timepiece a unique ID (based on any part that is known, plus a related date posted).

If you see any duplicates, errors, have serial numbers to include, or know of other Claptons to add, please drop me a note.

Description of pieces are generally based upon public images/video. For some detail, we do not have images and have to rely on text descriptions from the individual posting the timepiece. Some elements are often difficult to determine from pictures, including color of hands, for example if the chrono seconds hand is black or blue, and crown logo, rounded or pointed. If I have a 50-50 guess, I leave the detail as “unknown.”

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The above table, and data contained therein, is subject to Alpha Hands LLC Terms and Conditions