With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with applied steel numerals and tachymetre scale in 1949 and its subsequent sale on 12 August 1950.
The dial, very much following the general 1950s development of dial design at Patek Philippe, features a full set of elongated faceted pointed applied baton numerals, seen on other complicated models at that time such as the latest generation of references 1436 and the second series 2499 (see lot 84 in this auction). In harmony with the dial design, this watch features the matching dauphine hands which are filled with luminous material to go with the luminous dots adjacent the baton numerals. According to our research, no other stainless steel reference 130 is known to be fitted with such dial.
The case is equally a discovery to scholars as it is different from the regular production stainless steel reference 130 in most aspects: most remarkably it is 33.6 mm. in diameter, nearly one millimeter larger than the latter. The width between the lugs, furthermore, is 18 mm. compared to 19 mm. Intriguingly the lugs are of completely different shape and are more faceted and downturned than the ones from its peer. On top of that the pin holes are filled and render the lugs a smoother look. To round up the new appearance, the bezel is of entirely different shape, now much angular and no longer concave found on the
All of the above design elements and the difference of proportions
render the present example a more rounded and contemporary look.
Combined with its freshness to the market and very crisp case condition, this chronograph is a valuable addition to scholars and collectors alike.