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Lot No. 40
Lot No. 40
Estimate  150,000 - 250,000 €
Price Realised  130,000 €
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Patek Philippe & Co, Genève

, Movement No. 863559, Case No. 626203, Ref. 130, Cal. 13''', 33 mm, circa 1944

An extremely rare, Geneva wristwatch with chronograph function and 30-minute counter – one of approximately only 70 known steel models, sold on December 27, 1945; with original box and Patek Philippe extract from the archives

Case: steel, push back, PPC buckle. Dial: silvered, satined, enamelled scales and Patek Philippe & Co. Genéve logo, raised steel indexes/Roman numerals, tachy scale.

This steel wristwatch reference 130 was made in 1944 and is without doubt one of the most coveted collector’s pieces from the range of Patek Philippe’s elegant chronographs. The reference was launched in 1934 in several different styles with regard to material and dials: two-pusher and one-pusher chronographs, silver-coloured or black dials with Arabic or Roman numerals, Breguet numerals, short and long baton indexes, sector dial; yellow, red or white gold and steel, with the steel version being the rarest variant after the white gold version: Most likely only 150 steel watches were produced in total and only 70 are known on the market today. At the time most customers preferred the more luxurious gold version, so that hardly any of these timepieces were produced in steel – making them a highly sought-after collector’s item today.
Reference 130 is perfectly proportioned with a large dial for easy reading; it is fitted with a delicate, concave bezel, a pusher at 2 o’clock and another at 4 o’clock. The steel version has very distinctive lugs which are different to those of the precious metal ones – this is due to the physical properties of the material. They appear slightly heavy and lend the watch a more sportive and masculine appeal.
This timepiece is in extremely good condition; while the steel case shows some signs of wear, the edges of the lugs are still sharp. The silvered dial with dot indexes and Roman numerals has acquired a gently patina while the black enamel logo "Patek Philippe & Co, Genève" as well as all the scales remain distinctly raised.
Case: very good, slightly worn
Dial: very good
Movm.: very good, capable of running, cleaning recommended

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