Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with stainless steel case, gold bezel and silvered dial with applied gold numerals and tachymeter scale in 1947 and its subsequent sale on 25 June 1948. It has never been offered in public before.
The simple chronograph reference 130 was the first chronograph wristwatch fitted with a calibre 13''' movement and in production from 1936 until 1964.
The model was produced in different precious metal versions as well as in stainless steel, very few examples in stainless steel and gold. It is interesting to note that the lugs of the stainless steel version are different from the yellow, pink or white gold ones. Their slightly thicker but shorter design as well as the slightly larger diameter of 34 mm. as opposed to the 33 mm. of the precious metal model gives the watch a rather tonneau-shaped design and a more sportive, robust and masculine look.
The present watch is believed to be part of a very small series made of reference 130 chronographs in stainless steel with gold bezel. To date, only 9 such watches have appeared publicly, underlining this models rarity.
Never offered at auction before and preserved in outstandingly crisp condition with sharp edges to the lugs and chronograph pushers, together with the beautiful and charismatic two-tone rose dial, the present watch is a highly attractive collector's piece which can certainly be described as one of Patek Philippe's most refined designs ever.