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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1941
    Reference No: 130
    Movement No: 862'809
    Case No: 626'128
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13''', 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 33mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Certificate of Origin and presentation box. Furthermore offered with an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture in 1941 and subsequent sale on July 20, 1942.
    Literature: The present watch is illustrated in Patek Philippe Steel Watches, John Goldberger, pg. 228-229

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe’s reference 130 is one of the firm’s best-known vintage chronograph models, as it was in production for nearly 30 years. Made in stainless steel, yellow gold and pink gold, reference 130 has also benefited from being fitted with a diverse range of different dial variations.

    The present example in stainless steel has a silvered dial with applied Roman and dot hour markers, a classic combination for the 1940s that is highly sought after amongst collectors. As one would expect for a watch made in 1941, the dial features the long signature, Patek Philippe & Co., in hard, raised enamel, along with all printing present on the dial.

    Few chronographs of the 20th century enjoy such iconic status amongst scholars and collectors as reference 130 does. In fact, its shape and dial design could be from anywhere between the second half of the 20th century to the early 21st century. Few actually believe that they’re looking at a watch spanning three quarters of a century of age.

    As this reference 130 is encased in stainless steel, it is equipped with a shorter, more masculine lug design compared with gold versions that give this elegant watch a sportier feel. It is offered in outstanding condition and accompanied by its original Certificate of Origin and presentation box.

  • Artist Biography

    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 rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with silvered dial and tachometer scale, accompanied by Certificate of Origin and presentation box.

33mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF120,000 - 240,000 

Sold for CHF245,000

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START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs

Geneva Auction 14 May 2016