Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX Geneva Friday, November 10, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1939
    Reference No: 130
    Movement No: 862'332
    Case No: 620'577
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13''', 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe pin buckle stamped PPCo
    Dimensions: 33mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1939 and its subsequent sale on April 8th, 1940.
    Literature: Examples of reference 130 are described and illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe - Volume II, pages 262-265.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The long, slightly curved lugs, thin bezel enhancing the view on the dial and sleeky elegant silhouette immediately identify this chronograph as a Patek Philippe reference 130.

    Launched in the 1930s and in production for almost 30 years, reference 130 is a marvel of finesse and the most iconic and recognizable vintage Patek Philippe chronograph. This reference is a potent formula of a Caltrava case and the sporty refinement of a chronograph. Made in stainless steel, yellow and pink gold with a multitude of dial combinations its simple yet elegant design symbolizes the firm’s balance between classicism and highend watchmaking.

    The present Patek Philippe reference 130 is fresh to the auction market and comes from the family of the original owner and passed down as a heirloom. It was bought by the grandfather of the current owner and given to his son for his 18th birthday, who in turn offered it to his own son for his 18th birthday.

    A closer look at the dial will show a very rare and unusual feature: heat blued indexes and numerals. Following the request of certain clients as to increase legibility of the timepiece Patek Philippe would have the indexes/numerals heat blued. The present reference 130 is the only known example to feature this unusual element.

    In absolute excellent condition, the case is superbly preserved with a crisp hallmark clearly visible on the case side. The champagne dial is seductive and beautifully complements the yellow gold case.
    The Patek Philippe reference 130 is a staple in any collection and a timepiece that was created almost 80 years ago but still remains perfectly relevant.

  • 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
A fine and rare yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with champagne dial and tachymeter scale

33mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for CHF37,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017