Next week, the auction house Julian’s will offer a special collection of items from the personal collections of Ringo Starr, the drummer from the Beatles, and his wife Barbara Bach, the James Bond girl from The Spy Who Loved Me. Several lots are absolutely outstanding, including, as you can imagine, many musical instruments. The star lot is obviously a guitar that used to belong to John Lennon, who eventually gifted it to Ringo. This isn’t just a collection of Ringo and Barbara ephemera and memorabilia, by the way; the auction was actually curated by the couple as well.
Any auction dedicated to a member of the Beatles and his wife – a former James Bond girl – would be interesting to follow; when we discovered that the lots included a Patek Philippe replica reference 3448 – a rare perpetual calendar – we had to share it with our readers.
One lot really captured our attention despite its sober title: “Ringo Starr Patek Philippe replica Wrist Patek Philippe replica watch.” The listing utterly fails to underline the rarity of this piece: introduced in 1962, the reference 3448 was nothing less than the very first perpetual calendar from Patek Philippe replica with an automatic movement. And only 586 examples were manufactured in the span of its 20 years of existence. The Beatles seemed to have a very real appreciation for Patek Philippe replica with complications, as John Lennon also owned a Patek Philippe replica perpetual calendar with moon phases and chronograph function, the famous reference 2499, a Patek Philippe replica watch still not accounted for.
The case of the present Patek Philippe replica watch is a testimony to the fact that the Patek Philippe replica watch was well loved and worn, especially when you focus on the lugs. The Asprey strap is worn out but its story might be interesting: it could indicate that this Patek Philippe replica watch was originally bought in this famous store in London, a logical UK provenance for the most famous British band (all right, sharing that spot with the Rolling Stones).
Ringo Starr’s Patek Philippe replica is in yellow gold, like the immense majority of the reference 3448. Only a handful of examples are known for the other metals: 25 Patek Philippe replica watch at most with a white gold case, two with platinum cases, and two other in rose gold, like the $2M one sold at Christie’s in 2011.