Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1985 and its subsequent sale on 6 August 1985. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe period presentation box.
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 only 25 examples. Watches numbers 1 to 15 were fitted with a German calendar, numbers 16 to 25 with the English version. The watches were delivered to Chronometrie Beyer in May 1985.
The first example bearing movement no. 770'001 was dedicated to Theodor Beyer on this occasion 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.
Watch number 6, the present watch, was the personal watch of Theodor Beyer (1926-2002) who represented the sixth generation of the Beyer family. It was purchased by the present owner, a private European collector, at the sale of "The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer" in Geneva on 16 November 2003.
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. 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 Zürich, one of the world's most important horological collections. It comprises some 500 pieces dating from 1400 BC to the present day.