Patek Philippe - The New York Watch Auction: SIX New York Saturday, June 11, 2022 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1949
    Reference No: 130
    Movement No: 867’675
    Case No: 653’979
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13’’’, 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 33mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, and movement signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 17 May, 1950, original brown fitted presentation box, and WM Hawkes & Son, service invoice dated 10 October, 1957. Further accompanied Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1949 and its subsequent sale on May 17th, 1950.
    Literature: Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Watches, John Goldberger, pages 240-241.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe’s reference 130 is one of the most diverse chronograph models ever produced by the brand. In production from 1936 until 1964, the model was encased predominantly in yellow gold, with fewer examples in pink gold, stainless steel, and the very rare steel and gold configuration. Dials throughout the production varied as well with a range of designs from tachymeter, sector and pulsations scales. The reference was a potent combination of the iconic Calatrava case, and the sporty refinement of the chronograph. Its elegant design was a balance between classic design and master craftsmanship, making it popular model when it was first released and today nearly a century later.

    The stainless steel model is estimated to have been made in approximately 270 examples in stainless steel as well as a few examples in two tone stainless steel and gold between 1937 to 1951. A study of the cases find they were made in three distinct series.

    First series: Estimated 125 cases produced by Geneva-based case-maker Georges Croisier. Serial 504’XXX (lug width 18mm), serial 505’XXX (lug width up to 20mm), serial 505’7XX onwards feature pinholes on the side of the lugs.

    Second series: Estimated 135 cases produced by Le Locle-based case-maker Dubois.

    Third series: like the present, estimated two dozen cases produced by Geneva-based case-maker Wenger. No pin holes on the side of the lugs.

    Fitted with a stunning two-tone silvered dial with all of its raised, hard enamel perfectly intact, the present example can certainly be considered one of the finest representatives of this classic and important reference known. First appearing on the market at auction in 2005, it was consigned by the original owner’s family. Purchased directly from the Patek Philippe Boutique in Geneva in 1950, according to the family, it was first presented as a graduation gift to the original owner. It is interesting to note the Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives sold date corresponds to the date on the Original Certificate of Origin.

    Purchased by the consignor at that time, and kept as a treasured watch in the Ride the Wave collection, it remains in outstanding overall condition. Crisp lugs and bezel edges, perfectly preserved satin finishing on all surfaces, and a beautifully aged original dial all indicate the watch was hardly ever worn throughout its lifetime. So remarkable is this example, it is prominently featured in John Goldberger’s tome, “Stainless Steel Patek Philippe Watches”

    Patek Philippe chronographs are one of the most sought after timepieces due to their complicated movements, and classic designs. This is a rare opportunity to own a “best-in-class”, complete masterpiece.

  • 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 important, extremely rare, and well-preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with two-tone dial, Certificate of Origin, presentation box and service invoice

33mm Diameter
Case, dial, and movement signed.

$100,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $252,000

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The New York Watch Auction: SIX

New York Auction 11-12 June 2022