With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with 42 diamonds of approx. 1.82 ct in 1961 and its subsequent sale on 16 April 1961.
Reference 3401 was launched in 1958 and is amongst Patek Philippe's most exclusive models. The model, cased in platinum only and a bezel set with 42 square-cut diamonds of the finest quality, is an epitome of elegance and luxury. To the best of our knowledge, the present watch is believed to be one of only five examples of this model known to exist to date, however the only one bearing the prestigious retailer signature Beyer.
Consigned by an important private collector, this watch has furthermore never been offered in public auction before.
Beyer Chronometrie Zurich
Established in 1760, the prestigious firm has since its foundation 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 enjoyed a long term relationship with Patek Philippe for over 165 years. 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, one of the world's most important horological collections. It comprises some 500 pieces dating from 1400 BC to the present day.