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    Sale 2627

    Important Watches

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 3660

    PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 3940 BEYER

    GOLD AUTOMATIC PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH LEAP-YEAR AND MOON-PHASE DISPLAY, LIMITED SERIES OF 25 EXAMPLES, MADE FOR THE 225TH ANNIVERSARY OF BEYER ZÜRICH

    MOVEMENT 770'019, CASE 2'817'896, MANUFACTURED IN 1985

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    PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 3940 BEYER

    GOLD AUTOMATIC PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH LEAP-YEAR AND MOON-PHASE DISPLAY, LIMITED SERIES OF 25 EXAMPLES, MADE FOR THE 225TH ANNIVERSARY OF BEYER ZÜRICH
    MOVEMENT 770'019, CASE 2'817'896, MANUFACTURED IN 1985

    Calibre 240 Q, Geneva Seal hallmarked, 27 jewels, Gyromax balance, 22k gold minirotor, gold dial with gold applied hour markers and outer pearled indexes, signed Beyer and No. 19, two sunken subdials for the day with 24-hour display and month with leap-years, analogue date with moon-phases, two-part case in 18k gold, snap-on case back engraved Patek Philippe, No. 770019, Fabriquée pour le 225 ème anniversaire de Beyer à Zürich, 1760 - 1985, 18k gold PPCo buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    Diameter: 36 mm.


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    US$75,000-100,000
    EUR57,000-76,000

    Accompanied by Patek Philippe certificate, Extract from the Archives and brochures.

    REFERENCE 3940 BEYER
    Made to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the celebrated Chronometrie Beyer in Zurich (1760 - 1985), this special edition was produced in a limited series of 25 examples only. Number 1 to 15 were fitted with a German calendar, and 16 to 25 in English. The watches were delivered to Chronometrie Beyer in May 1985.

    The first example bearing movement no. 770'001 was dedicated to Theodor Beyer and is now in the prestigious "Clock and Watch Museum Beyer Zurich". It is also illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 294. The second example, movement no. 770'002, was sold on 9 July 1985 to the renowned watch collector Dr. Eugen Gschwind (1921 - 1991) in Basle. It is today in Patek Philippe's Museum in Geneva (Inv. P-1184) and exhibited in a special section reserved for watches formerly the property either of friends of Mr. Philippe Stern or other significant personalities.

    BEYER CHRONOMETRIE ZURICH
    Since its foundation in 1760, the prestigious retailer has 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. The firm is currently managed by René Beyer who represents the seventh generation of the Beyer family.
    The company also owns the renowned Clock and Watch Museum Beyer Zurich, holding many of the world's most important horological collections. It comprises some 500 pieces dating from 1400 BC to the present day.