Patek Philippe - The Watch Auction: One Geneva Saturday, May 9, 2015 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1950
    Reference No: 1463
    Movement No: 867'889
    Case No: 660'161
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Manual, 13'''
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle, signed PPC
    Dimensions: 35mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with applied Breguet markers in steel in 1950 and its subsequent sale on March 28th, 1951
    Literature: The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 267.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 1463 is the only vintage Patek Philippe chronograph model with a screw-back and round pushers (together with its ultra rare sister model reference 1563 featuring split-seconds). It would probably be slightly exaggerated to call the “tasti tondi” (Italian for round pushers) a sport’s watch but Patek Philippe certainly aimed at an active clientele who would use their chronograph also in outdoor activities. This stainless steel version most probably best epitomises the original concept of this reference and to many the Breguet numeral version is the most attractive and desirable. The example here comes not only in extraordinary condition, but its dial is also confirmed by the Extract from the Archives. While one of the world’s most collectable vintage wristwatches and consequently very valuable, the steel reference 1463 can be comfortably worn daily thanks to its robust case design and very discreet looks.

  • Artist Biography

    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 fine, rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with Breguet numerals

Stainless steel
35mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF280,000 - 420,000 

Sold for CHF401,000

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm