An extremely rare, well-preserved and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial with outer tachymeter scale

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1949
    Reference No: 1463
    Movement No: 867’657
    Case No: 653’517
    Model Name: "Tasti Tondi"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13’’’, 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm 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 22 March 1950
    Provenance: Winning Icons – Legendary Watches of the 20th Century, Phillips New York 26 October 2017
    Literature: A similar reference 1463 in steel is featured in Patek Philippe Steel Watches by John Goldberger pp. 284-285

  • Provenance

    Winning Icons – Legendary Watches of the 20th Century, Phillips New York 26 October 2017

  • Video

    Patek Philippe, Ref. 1463

    Geneva Watch Auction X, 9-10 November 2019

  • Catalogue Essay

    It is safe to say that Patek Philippe’s reference 1463 chronograph is considered by collectors as one of the most attractive and utterly bombastic vintage chronographs of our times. The desirability of this reference is taken one step further by the present model thanks to its unmolested and ultra rare steel case and two-tone dial.

    Reference 1463 was first launched in 1940, and production continued for approximately 25 years. It was the first and only waterproof chronograph produced by Patek Philippe featuring a screw-back case and round pump pushers.

    Despite the limited production numbers, there were many variations. While each featured a ten-sided screw back case and playful rounded chronograph-pushers, known as "Tasti Tondi" in Italian, there were many dial variations. The present example features a sublime, two-tone silvered dial with outer polished chapter ring and tachymeter, and inner silvered matte dial with applied raised steel markers, subsidiary dials, and railway track.

    Its overall condition is incredible, with an immaculate case retaining its crisp, factory original finishing, with thick lugs and a sharp bezel. The wonderful state of preservation suggests the watch was hardly worn, and lovingly cared for over its long history.

    The two-tone dial is simply radiant with hard, raised enamel script that is fully intact and well defined. Over the past twenty years, very few steel reference 1463 watches have been offered at auction.

    Of the 67 known examples of the reference 1463 in steel, only 17 are known to have a two-tone dial, making it extremely rare and highly sought after.

    This remarkable stainless steel example combines so many desirable elements sought after by collectors, making it a worthy addition for a world-class collection of complicated Patek Philippe wristwatches.

  • 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, well-preserved and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial with outer tachymeter scale

1949
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
35mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF300,000 - 600,000 
€276,000-553,000
$302,000-604,000

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Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East
+ 41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction X

Geneva Auction 9-10 November 2019