Patek Philippe. A Very Fine and Rare Stainless Steel and Pink Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Pink Dial
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Patek Philippe. A Very Fine and Rare Stainless Steel and Pink Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Pink Dial

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENÈVE, RETAILED BY HAUSMANN & CO., REF. 130, MOVEMENT NO. 863'036, CASE NO. 626'177, MANUFACTURED IN 1942

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Patek Philippe. A Very Fine and Rare Stainless Steel and Pink Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Pink Dial
Signed Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, Retailed by Hausmann & Co., Ref. 130, Movement No. 863'036, Case No. 626'177, Manufactured in 1942
Movement: Manual, Cal. 13''', 23 jewels
Dial: Pink, Roman and dot numerals, two subsidiary dials, tachymeter scale
Case: Stainless steel, pink gold bezel, snap on back, pink gold crown, two rectangular buttons in the band, 33.5mm diam.
Buckle: Patek Philippe 18k pink gold buckle
Accompanied By: A Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming this steel watch with rose dial and rose gold hour markers and its date of sale on March 18th, 1943
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Lot Essay

This watch is confirmed by the Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives as being manufactured in 1942 with “rose dial, raised rose gold hour-markers, tachometer scale”. The long signature of this dial is beautifully preserved in its original hard enamel as well as the tachometer. The retailer signature is equally well preserved in its original state. Interestingly, the extract of the watch states the case was made in steel and does not mention the rose gold bezel. However, the dial color is confirmed as rose and furthermore the hour markers in rose gold and the watch retains its period crown and buckle in rose gold. As a fresh to market example of this important reference, impressively well preserved, it is exciting to see such a piece surface on the market 75 years after it was first sold in Italy. While this model is celebrated at one of Patek Philippe's most sought-after productions it is extremely rare to discover an example with a two-color case, here in steel with pink gold, a very attractive combination. While this model was produced in different precious metal versions as well as in stainless steel, very few examples have been discovered in stainless steel and rose gold, in fact, less than 10 have appeared publicly, even less which were retailed and signed by Hausmann & Co., the prestigious Italian jewelry house.

The reference 130 was the first chronograph wristwatch fitted with a caliber 13''' movement and in production from 1936 until 1964. It is interesting to note that the lugs of the stainless steel version are different from the yellow, pink or white gold ones. They are slightly thicker but shorter in design as well as the slightly larger diameter of 33.5 mm. as opposed to the 33 mm. of the precious metal model gives the watch a rather tonneau-shaped design and a more sportive, robust and masculine look.

Preserved in outstandingly crisp condition with sharp edges to the lugs and chronograph pushers, together with the beautiful and charismatic two-tone rose dial, the present watch is a highly attractive collector's piece, which can certainly be described as one of Patek Philippe's most refined designs ever.

To the best of our knowledge this watch has never before been offered in public.

Hausmann & Co.
Hausmann & Co. was founded in Rome in 1794 by Ernst Hausmann, a young German clockmaker and his friend and partner Hermann Frielingsdorf. The firm is still residing in the same premises in Rome's historical centre and represents the world's most prestigious watch and clock manufacturers.

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