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BRIAN EPSTEIN | Cartier wristwatch, 1966

BRIAN EPSTEIN | Cartier wristwatch, 1966

BRIAN EPSTEIN | Cartier wristwatch, 1966



Baignoire No. 10269 7808, Damascened nickel lever movement, signed Jaeger-LeCoultre, no. 1315936, cream dial, Roman numerals, signed Cartier, 18k white gold oval case, secured by four screws, sapphire-set winding crown, stamped JC for Jaeger-LeCoultre, hallmarked for London 1966, numbered 10269 7808;

With an 18k white gold deployant buckle, stamped JC for Jaeger-LeCoultre, numbered 1080, hallmarked for London 1966

Dimensions 31 x 23mm

[with:] Letter of provenance by Brian Epstein's nephew, Henry Epstein, dated 2020

THE WATCH THAT KEPT THE BEATLES ON TIME. In their early years the Beatles became notorious amongst promoters and managers for their slack timekeeping; they were late for their first meeting with Brian Epstein, having stopped at a pub on their way from the Cavern Club (a distance of just a few hundred metres). Punctuality was a key ingredient to the new professionalism that Epstein immediately set about instilling into the group. Under Epstein's management the band were soon hectically busy and depended on their manager's meticulous time-keeping and weekly typed schedules to keep them on track. 

Brian Epstein purchased this watch and its customised strap in 1966. Although the Baignoire was sold as a lady's watch he evidently appreciated its elegant design. According to the Epstein family, he bought an identical watch for George Harrison and a similar design for his mother, Queenie. Epstein can be seen wearing this distinctive watch in many photographs from the time of the Beatles 1966 world tour onwards. The tour was beset by controversy. Firstly, the choice of venue in Tokyo offended conservatives in Japan, then their inadvertent snub of Imelda Marcos led to their being hounded out of the Philippines. Finally, the recycling of an old interview in which John made his "bigger than Jesus" comment stoked a remarkable campaign of vitriol amongst American Evangelicals. It was at this point that the Beatles decided that they had had enough of touring. 



Brian Epstein; thence by descent within the Epstein family

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Movement: running at the time of cataloguing

Dial: multiple cracks across the surface

Case: scuffs throughout, indentation to the back

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