With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1942 and its subsequent sale on 24 June 1947.
The split seconds chronograph wristwatch offered here for sale is one of the rarest examples of the celebrated reference 1436 to be offered in recent years, combining the charismatic Breguet numerals with a very unusual layout, giving it a completely different look compared to the regular versions. In fact, the size of the constant seconds and 30 minutes counter dials is much larger than normally found on this model, hence placing the emphasis on these counting tools.
No other reference 1436 is known to exist with such unusual layout and it can therefore safely be assumed that this dial was made upon special order by its original owner.
Not only one of the most interesting references 1436 ever to appear at auction, it is furthermore one of the most charismatic and unspoilt examples of this model: the incredibly attractive dial, free of any cosmetic enhancement, has naturally aged and displays an attractive cream-coloured patina. The hard enamel numerals and scales are as raised as the demanding collector would expect. The case has always been treated with respect and has preserved its original proportions. The crispness of the gold marks to the sides underlines this fact.
Since its first appearance at auction nearly two decades ago, the present reference 1436 has been a centrepiece in one of the world's most important private collections. Now offered again in public it represents a unique opportunity for the demanding collector to acquire one of the exceedingly rare trophies in today's vintage watch market.
Since its introduction to the market in 1938, reference 1436 remained the best known split seconds chronograph model produced by Patek Philippe. It was predominantly cased in either yellow or pink gold - no examples are known to date in white gold or platinum. The elegant reference 1436 and its high quality and complex movement certainly marked a peak in the evolution of technical wristwatches - an area in which Patek Philippe has been foremost for generations.
During over 30 years of production, reference 1436 saw a fascinating development both technically and aesthetically. Numerous dial designs have been given to this model. Until production of reference 1436 was discontinued in the early 1970s, it has seen two different constructions in regard to how the chronograph seconds hand would be split. The present watch is from the first generation of this model, made until the early 1950s, where the crown would serve as a button to split and reunite the two seconds hand. The second generation was fitted with a co-axial push button within the crown for the split seconds function.
The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 273, pl. 422 (first generation) and p. 274, pl. 423 (second generation).