With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1959 and its subsequent sale on 3 February 1961.
Shortly after the introduction of the "the simple" chronograph 130 model, Patek Philippe launched reference 1436 with the same case design, but featuring also split-seconds chronograph mechanism. Cased predominantly in yellow gold, examples in rose or pink gold are exceedingly rare. Only a very small number of watches have been cased in stainless steel and are today amongst the rarest, most sought after and valuable collector's watches.
The present example is in appealing condition and comes with an amazing multi-tone dial featuring a sector or aviator design, also bearing the retailer name Walser Wald. The case is remarkably crisp, retaining excellent angles and a strong hallmark at the 6 o'clock position in the band. Furthermore, the angles of the lugs are sharp and don't display much wear or polishing, especially when considering that one is looking at an over 50 year old watch.
The present reference 1436 is from the last generation of this model but is now blessed with a great dial probably dating to around 1940. Acquired exactly in this constellation at Christie's NY some 12 years ago where it was most prominently featured as the cover lot, it has since then been kept in the same condition and comes today to the market.
Many observers of the international auction market for complicated Patek Philippe wristwatches are of the opinion that few watches represent such excellent value as yellow gold examples of reference 1436. When looking at market prices of contemporary split-seconds chronographs by Patek Philippe, one can only agree with them. When spectacular looks are so harmoniously merged with mechanical complexity as with the present watch, it becomes really obvious.