An extremely rare and incredibly well-preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with Breguet numerals

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1950
    Reference No: 1463
    Movement No: 867'889
    Case No: 660'161
    Model Name: "Tasti Tondi"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13''' 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe pin buckle stamped PPCo
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by 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.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 1463 is one of the most popular vintage chronograph wristwatches on the market today due to its robust case proportions and oversized chronograph pushers. Along with the elusive reference 1563, it was the only 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.

    Amongst the rarest and most desirable of reference 1463 chronographs are those cased in stainless steel. Yet, to offer one with this dial configuration is a true anomaly. The present watch is one of two dozen known steel examples with Breguet numerals - absolutely astounding, considering that the reference was in production for approximately 29 years. Furthermore, the Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives is a collector's ultimate dream come true as it confirms the Breguet numerals.

    The dial furthermore features very strong enamel graphics, with the "accent" incredibly strong and apparent above the Patek Philippe Genève signature. There are no losses to the enamel, attesting to the completely untouched condition of the dial.

    One could furthermore easily wax lyrical about the case, which is sharp throughout. There is an incredibly crisp "step" between the bezel and the rest of the case, attesting to its crisp state of preservation.

    Manufactured in 1950, this example is a superlative second series "Tasti Tondi" in every sense, delighting with its sheer rarity, magnificent condition and utmost beauty.

  • 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 incredibly well-preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with Breguet numerals

1950
35mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF300,000 - 500,000 
€264,000-440,000
$307,000-512,000

sold for CHF582,500

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018