With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1950 and its subsequent sale on 1 November 1952.
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 very appealing condition and comes with an amazing multi-tone dial featuring a sector or aviator design. The case is remarkably crisp, retaining excellent angles and a strong hallmark at the 9 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 60 year old watch.
The dial is amongst the most appealing designs ever and stands out with clear scales and signatures, all in black enamel. We understand this dial was a later addition, clearly intended to further enhance this chronograph's already high level of sophistication and rarity. The several concentric circles are finished in different tones of matte grey and silver, harmonising beautifully and adding another degree of complexity resulting in the perfect look.
The pride of an international collector for over a decade, this masterpiece impresses today as it did throughout its life. Patek Philippe launched in its entire history only a handful of chronograph models with split-seconds mechanism: during most of the 20th century, references 1436 and 1563 were the only two models available to the public. Only in very recent times, the famous reference 5004 was added, among others,to this elite family, now also featuring a perpetual calendar.
Few watches display in a more convincing way the perfect combination of features so relevant to a connoisseur: superb mechanical complexity paired with timeless case proportions and a rare case material, together with a fascinating dial design and lovely overall condition.
The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 273, pl. 422 (first generation) and p. 274, pl. 423 (second generation).