With Patek Philippe and Beyer Chronometerie Certificate of Origin dated 17 February 2011 and signed by René Beyer, sealed 18K gold case back engraved "Patek Philippe No 44/50 Fabriquée pour le 250ème de Beyer à Zürich 1760 - 2010", original sales tag, "Beyer 250th Anniversary" booklet numbered 44/50, original fitted wooden presentation box and outer packaging stamped "250th Anniversary". Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvery opaline-white dial, Roman numerals in yellow gold, tachymetre scale and "Beyer" in 2010 and its subsequent sale on 3 November 2010.
The present watch is no. 44 of this limited series and believed to be the first example of this rare reference to appear in public to date. It was consigned by its original owner and is in like new overall condition.
The exclusive timepiece commemorating the 250th anniversary of Beyer Chronometrie is a special edition of reference 5170, Patek Philippe’s manually wound chronograph wristwatch launched in spring 2010. The blue chronograph and 30 minute register hands are a distinctive feature of the Beyer anniversary watch. Reminiscent of the traditional blued steel hands, this classic colour is replicated on the tachymetre scale which replaces the pulsometre scale of the original model and allows the measurement of average speed.
The 50 watches of this limited edition, numbered from 1 to 50, are among the firm’s very rare timepieces with a double signature, the “BEYER” logo to the lower half of the dial. Paying tribute to the Beyer heritage, the solid 18K gold case back (interchangeable with the sapphire crystal back) is engraved with the inscription “Fabriquée pour le 250ème de Beyer à Zurich 1760 – 2010” and the individual serial number of the watch.
Beyer Chronometrie Zurich
Since its foundation in 1760, the prestigious firm has always been passed down from father to son, each a fully trained watchmaker. Beyer Chronometrie was the first shop in Switzerland specializing exclusively in watches, clocks and jewellery and has been retailing watches signed Patek Philippe for over 165 years. The firm is currently managed by René Beyer who represents the eight generation of the Beyer family.
The company also owns the renowned Clock and Watch Museum Beyer Zürich, one of the world's most important horological collections. It comprises some 500 pieces dating from 1400 BC to the present day.