Accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1952 and its subsequent sale on March 16th, 1953.
Introduced to the market in 1937, reference 530 is one of Patek Philippe's rarest chronograph wristwatches, 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. Reference 530 however is characterized by its impressive diameter overshadowing its smaller sister model by a substantial 4 mm.
This 530 in yellow gold, movement 868'364, was previously seen at auction in 2004 when it sold for 216,600 CHF on May 18 2004 at Christie’s Geneva. Fresh to the market during that sale, this is now the first time this watch is being offered publicly for over 11 years. The dial has developed a warm patina and the original hard enamel is beautifully raised giving this particular dial a pleasant three dimensional aesthetic. The case is well preserved with full lugs giving the watch a large look when it is on one’s wrist. This is the ideal watch for the modern watch collector who may be looking for a large wearable vintage Patek Philippe with exceptional pedigree and condition.
Reference 530 is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second édition, p. 265.