Holy Grail: Patek Philippe Chronograph Ref. 130 Retailed by Tiffany & Co.

Holy Grail: Patek Philippe Chronograph Ref. 130 Retailed by Tiffany & Co.

The Patek Philippe Chronograph Ref. 130 is a true “Holy Grail” for serious vintage Patek collectors. This watch has influenced nearly a century of watchmaking since it was released and continues to be an icon of the horological world. 

Patek Philippe Chronograph 130 watch retailed by Tiffany on the wrist

History

Just two years after the Stern family acquired the brand, Patek Philippe introduced the Reference 130 as their first serially produced chronograph. Launched in 1934 as a monopusher chronograph, the Reference 130 was quickly redesigned as a two button chronograph within a few years. Over the subsequent thirty years, fewer than 1,500 watches were made across all metals in a variety of dials, with even fewer surviving today.

Patek Philippe ad from AdPatina

 Photo from AdPatina

 

The Movement 

The reference 130 initially used ébauches (unfinished movements) from Victorin Piguet, but Patek Philippe soon transitioned to a hand-wound Valjoux caliber, which they then upgraded and named the Calibre 13-130.

Patek Philippe Chronograph Ref. 130 with Breguet Numerals Retailed by Tiffany & Co.

 

This Grail 

Finding an original condition Patek Philippe 130 is difficult; discovering one that was retailed by Tiffany & Co. with the retailers name on the dial is a once in a lifetime opportunity. This Reference 130 was originally manufactured by Patek Philippe in 1950 and sold in February of 1951 by Tiffany & Company. It is in ideal vintage condition, unmolested with typical minor wear, a sharp, full case and clean original dial.

 

If you have questions about purchasing, please inquire:  

privateSale@thekeystone.com or +1-213-632-9061

 

 

Breguet Dial on a Patek Philippe Chronograph Ref. 130
Patek Philippe Chronograph Ref. 130
Caseback of Patek Philippe Chronograph 130

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