Patek Philippe – Steel Chronograph ref.130, year 1941

Patek Philippe – Steel Chronograph ref.130, year 1941

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Patek Philippe – Steel Chronograph ref.130, year 1941

The rarity of the steel version is explained by the fact the Patek Philippe traditionally was – as it now – a high-end luxury brand, thus most of their clients opted for the more luxurious gold version, with the consequence of making the steel version the most scarce and thus, today, the most collectible.

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Luxury Watches. Switzerland 1839

In the 1920s, Patek Philippe noticed a surge in the demand for chronograph wristwatches. In the beginning, some very small series and piece-unique were made, mostly powered by a Victorian Piguet debauched, but by the 1930s it was clear that a serially produced model was necessary to satisfy demand. So it was then that reference 130, the first serially produced Patek Philippe chronograph, saw the light of day. Launched in 1934, it is powered by a heavily modified Valjoux movement, cal. 13 130, as the 13 lines movement was to be housed in the reference 130 case (as a matter of fact, only a few examples made before 1936 feature a different movement). The model was extremely successful and remained in production at least until 1964, and albeit it was manufactured for close to 30 years, the output is very limited, totaling about 1500 pieces. It was serially produced in yellow gold, pink gold and stainless steel (other metals have been used for special request pieces), with the steel version being the rarest: it is speculated about 146 examples in steel exist (about 65 known from the market).

The rarity of the steel version is explained by the fact the Patek Philippe traditionally was – as it now – a high-end luxury brand, thus most of their clients opted for the more luxurious gold version, with the consequence of making the steel version the most scarce and thus, today, the most collectible. 

Basic Info

Listing number WATCH.PP.16.5
Brand Patek Philippe
Movement Manual winding
Case material Steel
Bracelet material Original Patek black alligator
Year 1944
Condition Very Good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)
Scope of delivery No original box, no original papers
Gender Men’s watch/Unisex
Location Switzerland

Patek Philippe has been pursuing traditional Genevan watchmaking artistry without interruption since 1839. The manufacture benefits from full creative freedom, which allows it to design, develop, and craft watches that connoisseurs consider to be the world’s finest – as pledged by its founders Antoine Norbert de Patek and Adrien Philippe. In addition to exceptional skills, Patek Philippe also nurtures a tradition of innovation that has meanwhile been crowned by over one hundred patents.

The Calatrava cross, is the logo of PP and expresses the noblesse that is inherent in its name. Calatrava was the name of a Spanish order of knighthood that was founded in the late 12th century. Its blazonry stands for courage, chivalry, and independence, traits inseparably associated with the knights of the era. These are also traits that Patek Philippe strives to embody.

The company has been owned by the Stern family since 1932 and today is managed by Thierry Stern (President), Philippe Stern (Honorary President), and Claude Peny (CEO). Philippe Stern shaped the history of the manufacture with ambitious real estate projects, the Patek Philippe Museum, and exceptional timekeeping instruments such as the Calibre 89. His son Thierry Stern is committed to safeguarding Patek Philippe’s technological leadership to continuously improve the quality and long-term dependability of its timepieces.

Additional information

Country of Origin

Switzerland

Material

Steel

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