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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1949
    Reference No: 1463
    Movement No: 867’779
    Case No: 653’498
    Model Name: "Tasti Tondi"
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13''', 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold pin buckle stamped PPCo
    Dimensions: 34.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1949 and its subsequent sale on July 28, 1950.
    Literature: A similar example of this reference is illustrated in Patek Philippe Genève by Martin Huber and Alan Banbery, page 267.

  • 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 is even more popular than it was at the time of its inception. Reference 1463 was ahead of its time as it is the only vintage chronograph model by Patek Philippe fitted with a water-resistant case and round chronograph pushers. 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 like the present lot.

    Rarely has a timepiece appeared so different depending on the case material. Models in yellow gold have an old world charm, those in steel are sporty yet restrained whereas the models in pink gold are exuberant and bombastic.

    Few examples of Patek Philippe's landmark reference 1463 watches have such presence on the wrist, and the present pink gold example in excellent condition is powerful and charismatic. The dial is preserved exceptionally well with all enamel printing remaining intact, it boasts a warm ivory hue, displaying how dials can age with grace. From a prestigious private collection, the watch furthermore retains its original buckle, adding another element of surprise and delight to this most flamboyant rendition of reference 1463.

  • 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 fine, rare and attractive pink gold chronograph wristwatch with tachymeter scale

34.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for CHF312,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017