Lot 343
  • 343

Patek Philippe

20,000 - 30,000 USD
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  • Gold, leather
  • diameter 33 mm
• cal. 13''nickel lever movement, 23 jewels, mono-metallic balance • silvered dial, applied gold Roman numerals and dot indexes, two subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30-minute register, outer tachometer scale • 18k yellow gold case, down-turned lugs, snap-on case back • case, dial and movement signed


Movement running at time of cataloging, however not tested for the accuracy of time and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Chronograph functions and resets correctly. The movement would benefit from a cleaning as it is slow to start. Case in unpolished condition with patina surrounding the pushers and crown and a touch of patina to the band and the lugs, however does have wear to edges on lugs, marks to the band and back from opening, scratches to the case band and case back, the bottom left lug with larger scratch, small nicks overall. Dial in fair condition with discoloration, patina overall, some spotting overall, all consistent with age. Loss of finish to the dial edges.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

Important Notice regarding importation into the United States of Rolex watches
Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on February 19, 1945.

The Ref. 130 is an iconic vintage Patek Philippe chronograph. Its design was based on the classic Calatrava, Ref. 96, and it was the first chronograph wristwatch by the firm to bear a reference number.

Production began in 1934, and due to its classic shape and timeless appeal, it was made for three decades. While tastes shifted dramatically over that period, the desire for an elegant, understated wristwatch - combined with the utilitarian complication of a chronograph - withstood the test of time then as it does today. 

The original owner of this watch was a United States foreign diplomat who lived in Brazil and traveled extensively during the 1930s and 1940s with his wife. It is being offered for this first time at auction.