With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial, enamel hour markers and tachometer scale in 1938 and its subsequent sale on 18 July 1939.
This watch is a very appealing 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 fascinating combination of the silvered matte outer ring and centre and the mirrored silvered hour and minute chapter rings, divided by a matte line, render the watch a typical Art Deco look.
Believed to have been purchased by the present owner's grandfather in 1938, its private provenance is very much reflected in the unmolested original condition. An interesting particularity is the stamped import mark for Portugal on the upper left lug, still clearly visible. The incredibly attractive dial has naturally aged and shows harmonious discoloration in places, caused by the influence of the elements.
The combination of rarity, freshness to the market, highly charismatic two-tone silver sector 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.