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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1941
    Reference No: 530
    Movement No: 862'699
    Case No: 507'142
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13’’’, 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle signed Patek Philippe
    Dimensions: 36.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the watch in 1941 and its subsequent sale on December 16th, 1941. Further accompanied by Patek Philippe pouch
    Literature: For a comparable example see Patek Philippe Steel Watches, John Goldberger, pages 250-251.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Stating that vintage Patek Philippe chronographs are rare and desirable is an understatement. However, the oversized chronograph reference 530 can be considered the alpha in terms of rarity, desirability and aesthetic beauty.

    Reference 530 was first launched in 1937, and remains one of the rarest chronograph models manufactured by the firm. In fact only 10 examples of the large reference 530 in steel are known out of an estimated production of only 17 pieces. Even though it takes design cues from its sister model, reference 130, the case size of reference 530 remains substantial even to today’s standards with a whopping 36.5mm. diameter which wears even larger thanks to the very thin bezel.

    Interestingly, the stainless steel chronograph reference 530 is known to have been made in case variants that differ most notably in terms of the distance between the lugs. The first generation, predominantly made in the late 1930s and always seen with the sector dial design, features a 19mm strap, whereas the second version with the cases made by Georges Croisier boasted a substantial bracelet width of 21.5mm giving the watch an even more powerful look.

    A great design is one that provides a sense of exhilaration and the overall equilibrium between the large case, short downturned lugs and the dial that has aged with elegance and grace is visually stimulating and charged with emotion.

    The present lot fresh from Patek Philippe servicing and offered by the family of the original owner, is made of the same fabric that dreams are made of and will certainly be a crown jewel in any collection.

  • 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. 530
An extremely rare, important, attractive and large stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with tachometer scale and applied Arabic numerals

36.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF350,000 - 700,000 

Sold for CHF624,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017