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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1942
    Reference No: 130
    Movement No: 862’888
    Case No: 626’623
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13’’’, 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold buckle
    Dimensions: 33mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by photocopy of Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of this watch in 1942 and its subsequent sale on August 15th, 1942.

  • Catalogue Essay

    During the 1920s, Patek Philippe began to notice a surge in the demand for chronograph wristwatches. Some very limited series and unique pieces were created, mostly powered by movements sourced from Victorin Piguet, but by the 1930s, it was clear a serially produced model was necessary to satisfy demand. Launched in 1934, the reference 130 is powered by a heavily modified Valjoux movement, and easily recognizable due to its slightly curved, elongated lugs and thin, concave bezel. The model was extremely successful and remained in production until at least 1964. Even though it was manufactured for close to 30 years, output was quite limited, resulting in a total of about 1,500 pieces produced. It was offered in yellow gold, pink gold, and stainless steel (though other metals or combinations of metals have been used for special request pieces). The present example’s 18 karat pink gold case was manufactured by Emile Vichet, signified by the number 9 inside a key stamped to the inner case back. Research indicates only 158 examples in pink gold are known to the market, with this being the fourth known with this dial configuration.

    The present example is offered for the first time at auction, and is a lovely iteration of this iconic chronograph. Property of an important collector, the watch was meticulously overhauled, when a stunning two-tone vintage replacement Patek Philippe dial was installed, and its movement brought back to its original glory.

  • 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 rare and fine pink gold chronograph wristwatch with tachymeter scale

33mm Diameter
Case, dial, and movement signed

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $88,200

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021