Exclusive Timepieces 20 –⁠ 21 April 2024 | Monaco

Auction Details

Auction sessions:

  • Session I – Saturday, 20 April, 2:30 PM – Lots 1 to 101
  • Session II – Sunday, 21 April, 10:30 AM – Lots 102 to 178
  • Session III – Sunday, 21 April, 2:30 PM – Lots 179 to 278

Auction preview:

MILANO
Hôtel Mandarin Oriental
Monday 8 April, 10 AM to 6:30 PM
Tuesday 9 April, 10 AM to 6:30 PM
Wednesday 10 April, 10 AM to 2:00 PM

MONACO
Hôtel Méridien Beach Plaza
Thursday 18 April, 11 AM to 8 PM
Friday 19 April, 10:30 AM to 8 PM
Saturday 20 April, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Absentee bid closing:

Saturday, 20 April, 12:00 PM CEST

Live auction opening:

Saturday, 20 April, 2:30 PM CEST

130 Patek Philippe Outstanding and Very Rare, Calatrava, Wristwatch in Steel and Pink Gold, With the Extract of Archives, Reference 530

Estimate: € 150,000 –⁠ 300,000

Model: Calatrava
Reference: 530
Case Material: Stainless Steel and Pink Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1942
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 12-120
Case N°: 507789
Movement N°: 922694
Dimensions: 36.5 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Accessories: Extract from the Archives and Mr. Tortella and sons "deep-study" documentation

The iconic Patek Philippe Reference 530 is often recognized as a significant chronograph wristwatch, yet it holds an equally remarkable position as one of the most sophisticated “time-only” wristwatches from the 1940s. While it shares some features with the well-known Reference 570, Reference 530 stands out with two distinctive characteristics. Firstly, its concave bezel, a departure from the cylindrical design seen in Reference 570. Secondly, with a diameter of 36.5 mm, it surpasses its counterpart, emphasizing its grandeur within the revered Calatrava family. As a distinguished piece in Patek Philippe’s vintage collection, Reference 530 captures attention with its commanding size, measuring an impressive 36.5 mm. Introduced in 1937, the reference 530 remained available in catalogs for over a decade. Initially crafted in 18k yellow gold, Patek Philippe later produced few examples in stainless steel and rose gold, resulting in a total production of only 140 cases, primarily in yellow gold. Due to its limited production, reference 530 is highly coveted by devoted collectors for its rarity and substantial size, marking one of the earliest and largest “time-only” and chronograph wristwatches from the Maison. Among these exceptionally rare specimens, some are rarer than others. In particular, two-tone examples were manufactured: steel and yellow gold (three apparently known) and steel and pink gold, like the offered lot, where only two instances are known to date. The significance of this lot is undeniable, given its unique configuration. In well-preserved conditions, the watch features a bezel and crown made of pink gold, while the rest of the case is crafted in steel. The silvered dial showcases raised gold Roman and dot numerals. The extract from the archives accompanying the watch confirms its production in 1942, evident in the elongated “Patek Philippe & Co” signature on the dial. This timepiece is a horological milestone, a captivating piece that narrates a story with every glance. As one of only two known examples made of rose gold and steel, it stands as a remarkable opportunity for discerning collectors.

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