Patek Philippe 130J Vintage Chronograph is made in 18K yellow gold, and measures 33.5 mm. The watch was made in 1940, and is fitted with a 13"' caliber manual wind movement # 826487, Case # 621987. This example is in amazing well preserved condition with very strong hallmarks sharp case details. The watch is accompanied with an extract from the archives confirming its date of manufacture and further sale in 1950. Further, the watch is accompanied with an Patek alligator strap and vintage 18K rose gold Patek buckle.
Paperwork: Extract Certificate from The Archives
130: In the 1920s, Patek Philippe began to notice a surge in the demand for chronograph wristwatches. At the beginning, some very limited series and unique pieces were created, mostly powered by a Victorin Piguet ébauche. By the 1930s, it was clear that a serially produced model was necessary to satisfy demand. Launched in 1934, the reference 130 is powered by a heavily modified Valjoux movement, and easily recognizable due to its slightly curved, elongated lugs and thin bezel. The model was extremely successful and remained in production until at least 1964. Even though it was manufactured for close to 30 years, output was quite limited, resulting in a total of about 1500 pieces produced. It was offered in yellow gold, pink gold, and stainless steel (though other metals or combinations of metals have been used for special request pieces). The current example’s 18 karat yellow gold case was manufactured by Emile Vichet, signified by the number 9 inside a key stamped to the inner case back. There are 72 total examples known to feature Breguet numerals, and only 10 examples of a reference 130 with Tiffany & Co. signature have graced the auction market. As would make sense for a watch sold to an American retailer, "HOX" is stamped on the movement: the American import code for Patek Philippe watches.
Year of Manufacture: 1940
Movement: 13"' Caliber
Case Diameter: 33.5 mm
Dial Color: Silver
Band Type: Alligator
Condition: Super Mint