This watch is accompanied by two Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production in 1930 and its subsequent sale on April 7th, 1936.
The ebauches for this unusual watch was commissioned by Patek Philippe and made by Victorin Piguet. The company Victorin Piguet of Le Sentier began making fine ebauches for complicated movements for prestigious firms like Patek Philippe during the 1920s. Though they never produced watches under their own name, they are associated with the highest quality craftsmanship and most unusual complications.
Victorin Piguet made ebauches not only for single button chronograph wristwatches (in both circular and cushion shapes), but also for minute repeating wristwatches and some of the first perpetual calendar wristwatches.
Between 1924 and the late 1930s one can only assume that some 30 single-button chronographs were made. The majority were cased in the classic "calatrava-style" case like the present example. Earlier examples, (possibly as few as a fifth of the total production) were also cased in cushion-shaped cases. Many of these watches are actually only known through literature, and archival images.
The present example is a particularly fine example, as it is fitted with a highly fascinating dial, featuring all elements a demanding collector would seek on such a watch: A two-tone surface, combined with the superb sector-scheme (also called aviator dial). The unrestored surface comes in a beautifully aged but clean condition, most charming and charismatic