View full screen - View 1 of Lot 2175. Reference 3940 | A limited edition perpetual calendar wristwatch with day, date, moon phases, leap year indication and champagne dial, Made to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of Chronometrie Beyer, Made in 1985 |  百達翡麗  |  型號3940 |  限量版萬年曆腕錶,備日期、星期、月相、閏年顯示及檳香色錶盤,為紀念 Chronometrie Beyer 225 週年而製,1985年製.
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Patek Philippe

Reference 3940 | A limited edition perpetual calendar wristwatch with day, date, moon phases, leap year indication and champagne dial, Made to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of Chronometrie Beyer, Made in 1985 | 百達翡麗 | 型號3940 | 限量版萬年曆腕錶,備日期、星期、月相、閏年顯示及檳香色錶盤,為紀念 Chronometrie Beyer 225 週年而製,1985年製

Property from an International Collector

Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe

Reference 3940 | A limited edition perpetual calendar wristwatch with day, date, moon phases, leap year indication and champagne dial, Made to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of Chronometrie Beyer, Made in 1985 | 百達翡麗 | 型號3940 | 限量版萬年曆腕錶,備日期、星期、月相、閏年顯示及檳香色錶盤,為紀念 Chronometrie Beyer 225 週年而製,1985年製

Reference 3940 | A limited edition perpetual calendar wristwatch with day, date, moon phases, leap year indication and champagne dial, Made to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of Chronometrie Beyer, Made in 1985 | 百達翡麗 | 型號3940 | 限量版萬年曆腕錶,備日期、星期、月相、閏年顯示及檳香色錶盤,為紀念 Chronometrie Beyer 225 週年而製,1985年製

Property from an International Collector

Patek Philippe

Reference 3940

A limited edition perpetual calendar wristwatch with day, date, moon phases, leap year indication and champagne dial, Made to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of Chronometrie Beyer, Made in 1985

百達翡麗

型號3940

限量版萬年曆腕錶,備日期、星期、月相、閏年顯示及檳香色錶盤,為紀念 Chronometrie Beyer 225 週年而製,1985年製


Dial: champagne

Calibre: cal. 240Q automatic, 27 jewels

Movement number: 770'019

Case: 18k yellow gold, snap on case back

Case number: 2'817'896

Closure: black Patek Philippe alligator strap and gilt buckle

Size: 36 mm diameter

Signed: case, dial and movement, dial further stamped by retailer

Accessories: Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, compliment slip, product literature from Chronometrie Beyer. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with gilded dial and applied yellow gold indexes in 1985 and its subsequent sale on 8 July 1985

附帶證書、禮帖、腕錶文獻及後補資料庫精粹

The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. All function is working properly however it will require servicing as the quick-set for the date is blocked. The case with signs of tarnishing indicating that the watch has been kept in a vault unworn since the current owner bought in 2008 and can be easily seen. Underneath the lugs with minor signs of wear to the upper left lug. The case back is in very good overall condition with light signs of wear. The buckle with light surface wear visible to the naked eye. The dial is in very well preserved condition. There are two visible hallmarks to the either side of the crown.


Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.


Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."


**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Whilst many aficionados of horology recognize Patek Philippe’s dominance in the fabrication of a repeating timepiece, its perpetual calendar is a predominant reason that has attributed to the brand’s success and remained as a relevant complication to the many signature collections we enjoy today. The birth of the first perpetual calendar wristwatch with an automatic movement was with the legendary reference 3448 that was in production from 1962 to 1981 and has proven its success with the multiple record breaking achievements in auction history, and the present watch reference 3940 was the successor to this collection. 


While the reference 3940 may not be crowned as the world's first automatic perpetual calendar, it too features an impressive movement of its own. Powered by the ultra-thin perpetual calendar calibre 240 equipped with a micro-rotor, this movement was a triumph of micro-engineering and allowed the invention of many great examples that includes the Patek Philippe Nautilus Reference 5740 and base movements for minute repeaters as well. 


The present example of the reference 3940 retailed by Beyer is a watch of modernity. Created by Philippe Stern for his friend Theodore Beyer to commemorate the 225th anniversary of Chronometrie Beyer, a total of 25 pieces were made in 1985 and with No. 1 - No. 15 fitted with a German calendar and No. 16 - No. 25 with an English calendar. Aesthetically, the watch is fitted with a beautiful golden dial complementing the golden case that is uncommon for any vintage references we often see today. Highlighted with a No. 19 on the dial, again a characteristic rarely ever done, the historical importance of the present watch is unquestionable as the first and second example of this watch No. 1 and 2 are now both living in the museum of Beyer and Patek Philippe respectively. 


Rendered with unique characteristics of the vintage appeal, this watch with the understated elegance that the Maison has been known for since its founding is the appropriate representation of Patek Philippe’s identity.