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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 60

    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with sector dial


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    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with sector dial
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co, Geneve, ref. 130, movement no. 862'329, case no. 505'744, manufactured in 1939
    Cal. 13'' nickel-finished lever movement, 23 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, swan neck regulator, silvered matte dial, hard enamel baton and Arabic numerals, outer railway five minute divisions and tachymetre scale, two subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register, circular case, snap on back, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    33 mm. diam.

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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial, enamel hour markers and tachometer scale in 1939 and its subsequent sale on 8 April 1940.

    This watch is a very fine example of an early reference 130 chronograph, fitted with the much sought after and exceedingly rare silvered dial, featuring the typical late 1930s sector design with enamel hour markers and tachymetre scale, all confirmed by the Extract from the Archives.

    The combination of rarity, highly attractive two-tone silver sector dial, also called aviator dial, and the stainless steel case render it a true collector's watch.

    The production of the simple chronograph with reference 130 was launched in 1934. The model was produced in different precious metal versions as well as in stainless steel. It is interesting to know that the lugs of the stainless steel version are different from the yellow, pink or white gold examples. Their slightly thicker but shorter design gives the watch a rather tonneau-shaped design and a more sportive, robust and masculine look.

    Further examples of early reference 130 chronographs with sector dials are illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 263 and in Ore d'Oro 2 by Jader Barracca, Negretti, Franco Nencini, pl. C9.