17 July 2019 | Monaco
Patek Philippe An absolutely stunning and very rare Patek Philippe reference 130 in 18k yellow gold with white dial and Breguet numerals.
Estimate € 50,000 – 100,000
Material: yellow gold
Reference N°: 130
Case N°: 636707
Movement N°: 863407
Bracelet: leather strap
Dimensions: 33 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Extract from the archives
Accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in gold with silvered dial, gold Breguet hour markers and tachometer scale in 1944 and its subsequent sale on August 21th, 1945.
When someone thinks about one of the most iconic and recognizable chronographs that came out from Patek Philippe industries, immediately the thought can only go to the unmistakable reference 130. Produced from 1934 until the ’60s, it was a perfect example of the dominant style in those times for watches: small (given its diameter is 33 mm), thin, elegant and careful to the smallest detail, this watch is also extremely appreciated and much sought after by collectors and enthusiasts. Of course, then there are more fascinating versions of others, with details and features that are rarer and difficult to find: this 18k yellow gold is one of the nicest that have appeared at auction in recent times. When looking at the dial, one is immediately drawn to the applied gold Breguet numerals, beautifully set against the immaculately preserved silvered dial. With raised enamel, the manufacturer’s signature and scales represent the firm’s skill of production. Furthermore, the case is also exceedingly well preserved, highlighted in the hallmark to the case side, similar to when this watch left the factory 50 years ago while a copper-colored patina is slowly taking possession of the watch, adding further charm to the case with slim bezel and elongated curved lugs. With its unmistakable Calatrava style, this wristwatch, together with the features that compose it and it’s fantastic aging it’s a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For a similar example please see lots 41, 115, 194 in this auction.