Next week, Julien’s Auctions, “The Auction House to the Stars” presents for a once-in-a-lifetime auction, curated by Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach, featuring items from their London estate, and Beverly Hills and Monaco residences. Among several headline pieces of the auction is the Beatle White Album “No 0000001” record. The first pressing of the famous 1968 album was assumed to be owned by John Lennon but was discovered to have been kept in vault by Ringo Starr. It is expected to fetch $60,000.
But I’m not here to talk about records or guitars! Among the 1,000+ lots in “Property from the Collection of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach” are are twenty one watches. And while most of the watches are kitschy or quirky or both, there are a few of Ringo’s watches which caught my eye.
Let’s take a look at a couple of the most fascinating pieces, property of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr!
OMEGA “TIME COMPUTER LED” WATCH GIFTED BY KEITH MOON
Property of Ringo Starr, Gifted to Him by Keith Moon
Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000
This stainless steel “Time Computer LED” digital quartz wristwatch by Omega dates back to 1973. The watch was the first LED watch ever produced by Omega and was given to Starr by his close friend and fellow drummer, Keith Moon.
Funny enough, I started working on this article a few weeks ago. I first contacted the PR firm representing Julien Auctions on October 28th, inquiring for more information because the online catalogue was not yet available. At that time, this Omega was estimated at $300. !!!!! And you better believe I would be a buyer of this watch all day long at $300. Now, a few weeks later, it is more reasonably estimated at $3,000 – $5,000, with an opening bid of $1,500. Even so, still a reasonable price to pay for such a neat piece of pop culture history.
Patek Philippe Ref 3448
Property of Ringo Starr
Estimate $80,000 – $100,000
18k yellow gold case, with “Asprey London” stamped strap
Owned by Ringo Starr or not, here’s a big money watch. Introduced to the market in 1962, reference 3448 was at the time the first self-winding perpetual calendar wristwatch. According to literature, a total of 586 examples were made, the majority in yellow gold cases. Few watches have been cased in white gold and only two examples in platinum are known to date. In 2011, a pink gold variant of the 3448 was discovered. Previously thought not to exist — Christies auctioned and sold the pink gold Patek 3448 for over $2 million in 2011.
Reference 3448 was fitted with the celebrated calibre 27-460, amongst the most sophisticated and lavish automatic movements ever made. It was later upgraded with Patek Philippe’s patented perpetual mechanism fitted on the movement plate underneath the dial and renamed 27-460 Q. In 1981, reference 3450 was introduced to the market with the improved 27’460 QB calibre. The model differs from its predecessor by the modified leap year indication, the eccentric small window at 4 o’clock. The first series was made with a simple red disk and Arabic numerals, the second with Roman I, II, III and IIII leap year indication.
Production of both reference 3448 and 3450 was discontinued in 1985 when reference 3940 was launched.
Will be interesting to see what is made of the $80,000 – $100,000 pre-auction estimate on this watch.
This will be a fun auction, no doubt! Click here to access the official auction page>>>