An extremely rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with two tone silvered dial with tachymeter scale, retailed by E. Gübelin

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1946
    Reference No: 1463
    Movement No: 863’929
    Case No: 640’565
    Model Name: "Tasti Tondi"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13''', 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle signed PPC°
    Dimensions: 35mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1946 and its subsequent sale on 17 March 1947.
    Literature: This reference is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 267.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Patek Philippe reference 1463 is, alongside its ultra rare sister model, reference 1563, the only vintage chronograph models by Patek Philippe fitted with a water-resistant-type case and round chronograph pushers. Produced for three decades, beginning in 1940 through to the 1970s, the majority of the acclaimed “Tasti Tondi”, Italian for “round pushers”, were cased in yellow gold, with a small number cased in steel and rose gold.
    We are delighted to offer the present stainless steel example, made in 1946, that is amongst the finest examples to appear on the market. In superb, unrestored condition, its case retains its original factory satin finished and polished surfaces with beautiful and rich proportions, sharp edges, and full lugs. The eye catching, graceful two-tone dial features raised steel indexes and a tachymeter scale, with its protective lacquer having developed a very attractive light grey colored patina. The raised, hard enamel signature and all dial graphics, are perfectly intact and original, with no signs of ever having been cleaned or restored. At 6 o’clock, the prestigious retailer’s name “E. Gübelin” is printed. Founded in Lucerne in 1854 and was then as now, one of the most exclusive retailers of fine horology. Over the past twenty years, only a handful of steel reference 1463 watches have been offered at auction, and the present lot is the steel example with this dial configuration and the Gübelin signature known to date. Preserved in wonderful, original condition, this remarkable example offers unparalleled beauty and exclusivity, and is deserving of a prominent position in any 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 extremely rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with two tone silvered dial with tachymeter scale, retailed by E. Gübelin

1946
35mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF300,000 - 500,000 
€275,000-459,000
$309,000-515,000

sold for CHF466,000

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Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016