With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial, applied gold hour markers and tachometer scale in 1944 and its subsequent sale on 15 November 1945.
This watch is an extremely well preserved example of the celebrated reference 530 chronograph in gold. Seldom used it shows only very light signs of surface wear; the case is full and retains its original case proportions to the best extent. With time, the highly attractive silvered dial has taken a charismatic, perfect off-white patina, the hard enamel signature and scales are as raised as the connoisseur would expect.
Reference 530 was introduced to the market in 1937 and is one of Patek Philippe's rarest chronograph models, the majority cased in yellow gold, few examples in pink gold or in stainless steel. This celebrated model is the larger version of the better known reference 130, Patek Philippe's classic chronograph retaining the timeless Calatrava design. However, reference 530 stands out by its impressive diameter overshadowing its smaller "sister model" by a substantial 4 mm. The yellow gold and the stainless steel models of this reference are known to have been made with two different bracelet widths between the lugs (19 mm. or 21.5 mm.), the wider version, such as the present watch, being more coveted by collectors.
Reference 530 is certainly one of the most exclusive and attractive collector watches a connoisseur can aspire to. Examples of such high quality, like the present one, are considered trophies and offer everything watch collectors define as paramount: style, mechanics, exclusivity and condition.
Reference 530 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 265.