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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 250

    Patek Philippe. An extremely attractive, rare and large 18K pink gold chronograph wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial


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    Patek Philippe. An extremely attractive, rare and large 18K pink gold chronograph wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, ref. 530, movement no. 868'125, case no. 512'622, manufactured in 1951
    Cal. 13''' nickel-finished lever movement, 23 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, the two-tone silvered dial with applied pink gold baton and Arabic numerals, outer railway five minute divisions and tachymetre scale, two subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and 30 minutes register, in large circular case with downturned lugs, snap on back, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, 18K pink gold Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    36.5 mm. diam.

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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with raised gold hour markers in 1951 and its subsequent sale on 19 June 1952.

    This watch is an extremely well preserved example of the celebrated reference 530 chronograph in pink gold, fitted with an incredibly charismatic two-tone silvered dial. It represents a true rarity; seldom used if at all 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 two-tone silvered dial has taken a charismatic, perfect off-white patina and has never been restored or cosmetically enhanced in any way. The hard enamel signature and scales are, consequently, 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 being more coveted by collectors. Interestingly, research shows that the pink gold examples exist only with one case type (19 mm.).

    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.

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