Accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with applied gold Breguet numerals in 1939 and its subsequent sale on March 22nd of the following year. It is interesting to note that the movement is stamped PXP indicating it was made for the US market.
Reference 130 is Patek Philippe's most classic chronograph design recognized by its Calatrava case, flat rectangular chronograph push buttons and concave bezel. The production of the reference 130 was launched in 1934. The model was produced in different precious metal versions as well as in stainless steel.
The reference 130 takes on a whole new aesthetic when featuring the extraordinarily rare oversized register dial. The overall appearance of the watch someone appears much larger without the embellishment of a tachometer. Furthermore the stylized Breguet numerals give this dial a cleaner and extremely elegant look, reminiscent of the reference 130 split seconds chronograph with identical Breguet numerals made for William Boeing in 1939 and retailed by Cartier, New York. In addition to the oversized registers, the presently offered watch features a Tiffany & Co. signature above 6 o’clock. Balanced perfectly with the Patek Philippe long signature on the upper half of the dial, this watch is aesthetically pleasing and amazingly rare in its configuration. It is interesting to note the maritime connections with sailing being a popular summertime sport on Long Island Sound. It is possible the oversized registers were a special request by an avid sailor for ease in timekeeping.
According to our research, only one other nearly identical example has surfaced. Complete with oversized registers, Breguet numerals with the Breguet numeral 8 ‘overhang’ on the 60 seconds register, and Tiffany & Co. dial, the other known watch with this layout and signature was sold on May 14, 2007 at Christie’s Geneva for 120,000 CHF. This watch has never before been sold at auction.
The patina on the case, original untouched dial, historical nautical racing engraving, and completely unrestored movement makes this watch a ‘time capsule’ of a different era.
The Point, Great Neck
Long Island's Great Neck extends in to Long Island Sound on the north shore and is situated opposite the Bronx. It may be best known as the home to The Great Gatsby. At the time it was written F. Scott Fitzgerald lived at 6 Gateway Drive and while he lived in a modest home, his protagonist Jay Gatsby lived in an opulent mansion which epitomized the nouveaux riche attitudes of the early 20th century. Today the King's Point is home to the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
For examples of this reference see Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, 1998 Edition, pg. 262, 263, 264, and 269.