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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1949
    Reference No: 1463
    Movement No: 867'814
    Case No: 657'123
    Model Name: "Tasti Tondi"
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13''', 23 jewels, stamped "HOX"
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and pin buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1949 with Breguet numerals and its subsequent sale on 17th November 1950.

  • Catalogue Essay

    There are so many elements that make the present reference 1463 and astounding collector piece that it is difficult to know where to begin.

    First of all, the case is impressively well preserved with strong thick lugs, beautifully polished and brushed surfaces and a deep hallmark is present on the caseband next to the crown. The dial is also impressive in its evolution. Not only is it a rare configuration as the present watch is only the 16th example in yellow gold with Breguet numerals (as confirmed by the Extract from the Archives) to appear on the market but the dial that was originally silver has to a visually arresting two-tone champagne in color.

    Manufactured from approximately 1940 to approximately 1969/1970, reference 1463 is playfully dubbed "Tasti Tondi" due to its large waterproof round pushers. When the reference was introduced, it was decidedly more robust than its sibling, reference 130, reflecting society’s evolving tastes and needs given the war years and a rising demand for a relatively "sportier" watch.

    Given the interest of the market in sports chronographs and the fact that this is practically the only vintage Patek Philippe sports chronograph model, and this example is furthermore fresh to the market, in excellent condition and featuring a rare configuration, one can see how this piece would be a keystone acquisition for any important Patek Philippe collection.

  • 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
An extremely rare and incredibly well-preserved yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with Breguet numerals

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

Estimate
CHF150,000 - 250,000 
€139,000-232,000
$163,000-272,000

Sold for CHF302,400

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020