Dr. Christiaan Neethling Barnard (8 November, 1922 – 2 September, 2001)
Dr. Ch. N. Barnard was a South African cardiac surgeon who matriculated from the Beaufort West High School in 1940 and studied medicine at the University of Cape Town Medical School, where he obtained his MB ChB in 1945. His father was a minister and missionary and his mother was of the knowledge that her son and his siblings could achieve anything they set their minds to.
On December 3, 1967, Dr. Barnard performed the world's first human to human heart transplant on his patient, Mr. Louis Washkansky, in Cape Town, South Africa, the operation lasted approximately 6 hours. Washkansky survived the operation and lived for 18 days. Barnard was celebrated around the world for his accomplishment and gifts such as the present watch were offered to him in tremendous gratitude for his successful medical achievement. The watch is engraved on the back with his name, the date as well the person who gave it to him and a message in Italian congratulating him on his accomplishment.