Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold single button chronograph wristwatch with vertically positioned register and sector dial
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Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold single button chronograph wristwatch with vertically positioned register and sector dial

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENÈVE, MOVEMENT NO. 198'195, CASE NO. 610'660, REF. 130, MANUFACTURED IN 1928

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Patek Philippe. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold single button chronograph wristwatch with vertically positioned register and sector dial
Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, movement no. 198'195, case no. 610'660, ref. 130, manufactured in 1928
Cal. 13''' nickel-finished lever movement, 28 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, the silvered sector dial with Arabic and baton numerals in black hard enamel to the inner chapter ring, blued steel feuille hands, outer five minute division, two subsidiary dials indicating 30 minutes register and constant seconds, the circular case with extended downturned lugs, snap on back, chronograph mechanism operated through the crown, case, dial and movement signed
33 mm. diam.

Lot Essay

Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1928 and its subsequent sale on 6 December 1934.

Reference 130 is Patek Philippe's first chronograph model which was given a reference number. Under this reference Patek Philippe produced a diversity of watches such as the traditional chronograph but also the more exotic single button chronographs. Both types were available with different precious metal as well as stainless steel cases.

The present watch is an outstanding example within the family of reference 130 chronograph wristwatches. Upon a profound research we were not able to identify a watch with an earlier serial number designated as a reference 130. In addition, this watch is one of two examples of this model to feature a vertical dial layout.

Single button chronographs were in production between 1924 and the late 1930s. The majority was cased in the classic "calatrava-style" case like the present example. Earlier examples can also be found with cushion-shaped cases. Many of these watches are actually only known through literature and archival images.

The ébauche for this unusual watch was commissioned by Patek Philippe and made by Victorin Piguet of Le Sentier. During the 1920s the company made most of the ébauches for complicated movements, including single button and split seconds chronographs, mainly for prestigious firms like Patek Philippe.

To the best of our knowledge, the present watch has never been offered in public before. A true collector's watch with its combination of rarity, provenance and an unusual and attractive sector or aviator dial with the rare vertical register display.
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