An extremely rare and highly attractive pink gold chronograph wristwatch with two-tone dial and tachymeter scale

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1952
    Reference No: 1463
    Movement No: 868’507
    Case No: 672’787
    Model Name: Tasti Tondi
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13''', 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 35 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Further delivered with Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1952 and its subsequent sale on September 10, 1954

  • Catalogue Essay

    Within the vintage watches collecting community, there are trophy timepieces considered to be the culmination of any collection, and the Patek Philippe reference 1463 chronograph is worthy of this honor. Released in circa 1940, and produced for the next 25 years, the model was the earliest vintage waterproof chronograph wristwatch serially produced by Patek Philippe. One can say that reference 1463 was Patek Philippe’s first sports chronograph designed for a modern society with an increasing interest in outdoor activities.

    The ref. 1463 is not only functionally competent, but also aesthetically compelling. The majestic grandeur of the 18K pink gold case and buckle is the ultimate proof that good taste never goes out of style. Atop the grand and sophisticated two-tone dial, the present example comprises of elegant dauphine hands as well as glossy hour markers. Few examples of Patek Philippe's ref. 1463 watches have such a fine aesthetics, and the present pink gold example in excellent condition is potently charismatic.

    The majority of reference 1463 watches were cased in yellow gold, although some were cased in steel and even more scarce were examples in pink gold — such as the present timepiece. The archival information from the manufacturer confirms that the watch was produced in 1952. Preserved in wondrous condition, this remarkable example offers unparalleled exclusivity and beauty, and is deserving of a prominent position in any important collection.

  • 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 extremely rare and highly attractive pink gold chronograph wristwatch with two-tone dial and tachymeter scale

百達翡麗,「Tasti Tondi」型號1463,極度罕有及非常精美,18K玫瑰金腕錶,配計時功能﹑「Two-tone」錶盤和旋入式後底蓋,約1952年製。附後補證書

1952
35 mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$2,300,000 - 4,000,000 
$300,000-500,000

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

Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019