Accompanied by original Patek Philippe certificate, sales invoice, envelope and Extract from the Archives.
The first Patek Philippe chronograph wristwatch to appear sold on January 20th, 1927 after its production during the previous year. Also in 1927, the watchmakers at Patek Philippe commenced production of their first split seconds chronograph, later to be sold in 1929.
The highly desirable reference 1436 split seconds chronograph first appeared on the market in 1938. Over the 30 years of its production, examples of this reference number were made in yellow gold, pink gold and stainless steel.
The present watch in pink gold features the dial most often employed on this model with tachometric scale, but here preserved as a most lovely example.
In regards to the movement of the reference 1436, Patek Philippe employed two different constructions in regards to the splitting of the seconds hands. Through the late 1940's, the first generation of this model featured a crown that functioned as the button to split and reunite the hands. The second generation of the 1436 featured a crown fitted with a co-axial push button for the split function. The present watch falls into the first category, emphasizing its rarity as an early example.
Furthermore, the exceptional nature of the present example is strongly confirmed by the original documentation. In addition to the original certificate, the watch is accompanied by the original envelope and sales invoice. Dated May 18, 1946, the invoice identifies the original purchase price of 1,900 Swiss Francs, adding a most interesting historical note.