An attractive, early and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with tachymeter scale

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1942
    Reference No: 1463
    Movement No: 863'094
    Case No: 625'766
    Model Name: Tasti Tondi
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13''', 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Patek Philippe stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present watch with tachometer scale in 1942 and its subsequent sale on July 5th, 1945
    Literature: For another example of the stainless steel 1463A see, John Goldberger book, “Patek Philippe Steel Watches”, p. 281.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in the year of 1940, the Patek Philippe ref. 1463 is one of the most popular and coveted vintage chronographs nowadays thanks to its exceptionally robust case proportions, fine aesthetics and oversized chronograph pushers. Ahead of its time — the ref. 1463 was the only vintage chronograph wristwatch, in addition to the elusive ref. 1563, created by Patek Philippe that was fitted with a water-resistant case, screw-down caseback and round chronograph pushers.

    The present example comes from the family of the original owner, who was an accomplished officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps, having participated in the Normandy invasion during World War II, having flown elements of the 101st airborne into Sainte Mère-Èglise. An officer and a gentleman, he always purchased the absolute best products he could afford, and would only have it serviced at Patek Philippe in Geneva knowing that the higher cost was worth it to ensure the best possible performance.

    The case, made by Taubert Frères, features noteworthy design elements seen only on the earliest production examples, produced until approximately 1943. The differences are remarkable compared with later examples. Its lugs are shorter and thinner, extending out from the case, compared to the downturned lugs found on later examples. The stepped bezel is also unique to these early versions, rising higher than the bezels found on regular production examples.

    A charismatic collector’s watch, this early, lovingly cared for timepiece is an extraordinary find and a worthy addition to a collection of distinction.

  • Maker Bio

    Patek Philippe

    Swiss • 1839

    Since its founding in 1839, this famous Geneva-based firm has been surprising its clientele with superbly crafted timepieces fitted with watchmaking's most prestigious complications. Traditional and conservative designs are found across Patek Philippe's watches made throughout their history — the utmost in understated elegance.

    Well-known for the Graves Supercomplication — a highly complicated pocket watch that was the world’s most complicated watch for 50 years — this family-owned brand has earned a reputation of excellence around the world. Patek's complicated vintage watches hold the highest number of world records for results achieved at auction compared with any other brand. For collectors, key models include the reference 1518, the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the reference 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450, chronographs such as the reference 130, 530 and 1463, as well as reference 1436 and 1563 split seconds chronographs. Patek is also well-known for their classically styled, time-only "Calatrava" dress watches, and the "Nautilus," an iconic luxury sports watch first introduced in 1976 as the reference 3700 that is still in production today.

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Ref. 1463
An attractive, early and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with tachymeter scale

百達翡麗,型號1463,精細及非常罕有,精鋼計時腕錶,1942年製 本拍件為極罕見的精鋼版本第一代型號1463,品相十分良好,完美呈現百達翡麗的古董時計之美。

1942
35mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$1,500,000 - 2,500,000 
€169,000-282,000
$192,000-321,000

sold for HK$1,625,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
thomasperazzi@phillips.com
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019