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    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 158

    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine, rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with three-tone silvered sector dial and blue printed scale graduated for 15 pulsations

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENÈVE, REF. 130, MOVEMENT NO. 867'041, CASE NO. 630'154, MANUFACTURED IN 1946

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    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine, rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with three-tone silvered sector dial and blue printed scale graduated for 15 pulsations
    Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, ref. 130, movement no. 867'041, case no. 630'154, manufactured in 1946
    Cal. 13''' nickel-finished lever movement, 23 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, three-tone silvered sector dial, black hard enamel baton and applied silvered Arabic 6 and 12 to the inner mirrored chapter ring, outer railway five minute divisions, blue scale graduated for 15 pulsations, two 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
    33.5 mm. diam.


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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with silvered dial, raised steel hour markers and tachometre scale in 1946 and its subsequent sale on 13 May 1948.

    The present chronograph is an incredibly appealing example of Patek Philippe's celebrated reference 130, distinguished by its highly unusual dial. In fact, in 40 years of international watch auctions only one other example of this reference in steel has been accounted for with a pulsation scale calibrated to 15 pulse beats. This rare scale combined with the multi-tone sector dial is, visually, a look hard to beat.

    Given the date of sale of the present watch one spontaneously wonders if this dial was not mounted at a later stage upon the request of its owner. This theory is supported by the archival information supplied by Patek Philippe stating that it left their workshops with a tachometre dial.

    The incredible quality and crispness of the steel case paired with the superb looks of its ultra-rare dial render this timing instrument a piece of art for any wearer's wrist.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Literature

    The present watch is prominently described and illustrated in Patek Philippe Complicated Wrist Watches by Giampiero Negretti & Paolo de Vecchi, pp. 72 & 73.