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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1955
    Reference No: 1463
    Movement No: 868'812
    Case No: 686'397
    Model Name: "Tasti Tondi"
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13''', 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Patek Philippe buckle stamped PPCo
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1955 and its subsequent sale on December 13, 1956.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 1463 is one of the most popular vintage chronograph wristwatches on the market today. The model is even more favored than it was at the time of production, due to its robust case proportions and oversized chronograph pushers. Along with the elusive reference 1563, it was the only serially produced vintage chronograph model manufactured by Patek Philippe that was fitted with a water-resistant case and round chronograph pushers. The model was a "sportier" alternative to the less robust reference 130.

    Previously unknown and fresh to the auction market, the present watch is an exceedingly well-preserved example. Displaying a hallmark on the caseband and another beneath the lug, the watch exhibits powerful lugs and a robust case. The dial is also preserved in excellent condition with raised enamel graphics that do not display any losses.

    The watch is furthermore fitted with a dial of the last generation, recognizable by its baton markers and lack of railroad track on the outer register. This dial lends the watch a more masculine, modern look. Overall, we only know of one other pink gold reference 1463 that features the current dial configuration.

    Pink gold is particularly rare case metal. To date, no more than 64 examples cased in this material have appeared on the market, underscoring the absolute rarity of the present timepiece.

  • 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
A very rare, well-preserved and most attractive pink gold chronograph wristwatch

1955
35mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF200,000 - 400,000 
€188,000-376,000
$206,000-412,000

sold for CHF325,000

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

Geneva Auction 27 - 28 June 2020