An extremely fine and rare stainless steel and pink gold chronograph wristwatch with two-tone pink dial

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1947
    Reference No: 130
    Movement No: 867'185
    Case No: 630'145
    Material: 18K pink gold and stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13''', 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 33.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in steel with gold bezel, silvered dial, applied gold hour markers and tachymeter scale in 1947 and its subsequent sale on June 25, 1948.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 130 is one of the most diverse chronograph models that Patek Philippe ever produced. In production from 1936 until 1964, the model was cased in predominantly yellow gold. Fewer amounts were cased in pink gold, steel, with steel and gold combinations among the rarest case configurations. The dial variations were numerous and displayed a range of styles, from sector designs to pulsations scales.

    The present example is one among an exceedingly rare number of reference 130s cased in stainless steel and pink gold. To date, no more than eleven examples have ever graced the auction market. Most notably, the case construction of this model is slightly different than its precious metal counterparts. The lugs are slightly thicker but shorter in design. Furthermore, the diameter is slightly larger at 33.5 millimeters, giving it a decidedly modern appearance and substantially more presence on the wrist. This particular timepiece is the earliest known pink gold and stainless steel reference 130.

    Preserved in superb and remarkable condition, this watch displays very crisp finishes and sharp edges. Even the back of the lugs retains crisp bevels, which would have instantly disappeared with moderate polishing. Furthermore, the pink dial is preserved in very impressive condition. The hard enamel signature is crisp, and the scales are all visible and raised. A light layer of patina has developed on some of the numerals, attesting to the untouched nature of the timepiece. It is a very rare occurrence to find a dial in such unspoiled condition.

  • Maker Bio

    Patek Philippe

    Swiss • 1839

    Since its founding in 1839, this famous Geneva-based firm has been surprising its clientele with superbly crafted timepieces fitted with watchmaking's most prestigious complications. Traditional and conservative designs are found across Patek Philippe's watches made throughout their history — the utmost in understated elegance.

    Well-known for the Graves Supercomplication — a highly complicated pocket watch that was the world’s most complicated watch for 50 years — this family-owned brand has earned a reputation of excellence around the world. Patek's complicated vintage watches hold the highest number of world records for results achieved at auction compared with any other brand. For collectors, key models include the reference 1518, the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the reference 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450, chronographs such as the reference 130, 530 and 1463, as well as reference 1436 and 1563 split seconds chronographs. Patek is also well-known for their classically styled, time-only "Calatrava" dress watches, and the "Nautilus," an iconic luxury sports watch first introduced in 1976 as the reference 3700 that is still in production today.

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Ref. 130
An extremely fine and rare stainless steel and pink gold chronograph wristwatch with two-tone pink dial

1947
33.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF150,000 - 200,000 
€134,000-178,000
$151,000-201,000

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Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+ 41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

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Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019