Patek Philippe - Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR Geneva Friday, November 11, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1968
    Reference No: 1463
    Movement No: 869'228
    Case No: 2'647'885
    Model Name: "Tasti Tondi"
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13''', 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold folding deployant buckle, signed Cartier
    Dimensions: 35mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture in 1968 and subsequent sale on June 12, 1968.
    Provenance: Property of the Family of the original Owner

  • Provenance

    Property of the Family of the original Owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since its launch in 1940, the desirability of the reference 1463 has only grown stronger amongst the collector community. Today, the historic reference remains even more popular than it was at the time of its inception. Reference 1463 was ahead of its time. It is the only vintage chronograph model by Patek Philippe fitted with a water-resistant case and round chronograph pushers. The majority of this Reference was cased in yellow gold, although some were cased in steel and even more scarce were examples in pink gold. Amongst the rarest and most desirable reference 1463 chronographs are those bearing a prestigious retailer’s signature on their dials. The present lot is an exceptionally rare example of such a watch as it is the only example known to feature the signature of the legendary jeweler “Cartier” on its dial. Made in 1968 at a time when slim time only models were having collectors' favors, we believe that the present watch was a special order and is part of the very last two ref 1463 made before Patek Philippe discontinued this model.

    Previously unknown to the community, it is absolutely fresh to the market, coming from the estate of the original owner who purchased the watch from Cartier’s historic New York mansion on 5th Avenue in the late 1960s.
    Cartier was founded in 1847 and has since been regarded as the “jeweler of Kings and the King of jewelers”. Cartier is not only known for their magnificent jewelry, but also for pioneering iconic wristwatches of their own. In fact, in 1904 the firm created the first men’s wristwatch with integrated lugs for the Brazilian aviator, Alberto Santos Dumont. Over time, Cartier has matured from family ownership to becoming a crown jewel of its parent company - Compagnie Financière Richemont. Few examples of Patek Philippe’s landmark reference 1463 watches have such a presence on the wrist. The yellow gold example presented here combines many highly desirable elements. The gold case, hour markers and hands all pair very well with the warm silvered dial. The dial is in beautiful condition for a watch of its age, and the signature and scales are all incredibly crisp, well defined and in untouched raised black hard enamel. Few complicated vintage wristwatches can better echo the style of the 1950s than a gold reference 1463. Its owner has worn this watch lovingly over the course of its life, even accompanied with its original Cartier strap and gold Cartier deployant buckle from the day it was sold, adding to its already rich history. The exceptionally rare retailer’s signature of “Cartier” makes this the ‘cherry on top’ for collectors of the finest timepieces.

  • 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 exclusive and highly attractive yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with silvered dial, gold hour markers and tachymeter scale, retailed by Cartier

35mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF90,000 - 140,000 

Sold for CHF162,500

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Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016