Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV Geneva Friday, November 5, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1951
    Reference No: 1463
    Movement No: 868'173
    Case No: 664'958
    Model Name: "Tasti Tondi"
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13''', 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K pink gold Gay Frères bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Gay Frères foldable clasp
    Dimensions: 34.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed by maker, bracelet signed by bracelet maker
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract form the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1951 and its subsequent sale on May 23, 1952.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe’s legendary reference 1463 is one of the most sought after and collectible vintage chronograph wristwatches due both to its strong aesthetics as well as to its technical savoir-faire. First released in 1940, the model was the brand’s first water resistant chronograph fitted with a screw-down caseback and round chronograph pushers. The model has grown in desirability as a vintage horological icon that was ahead of its time, and in fact it remains the only water resistant chronograph serially made by the brand from its foundation until 2018.

    The concept of a “sports watch” is well-known today, but 80 years ago it was a concept well beyond the then-current era. Its roots go back to the 1930s, with the budding novel appreciation in society for sports and outdoor adventures. In the subsequent couple of decades, watch manufacturers - spearheaded by Rolex, as it is well-known - sought to fulfill a demand for more durable timepieces which could better withstand the elements. The reference 1463 was Patek Philippe's first answer (three decades ahead of the Nautilus) for such active clientele. It was produced mainly in yellow gold, with fewer examples in stainless steel, and very few models in pink gold.

    The case of the present example is in wonderful condition, displaying crisp hallmarks, most notably the one on the band is as well-preserved as the one underneath the lug. The case features the stepped bezel and downturned curved lugs found on later generations, while the dial is exceptionally well-preserved with all the engraved/enameled graphics in excellent condition and without losses or fading. The presence of a pink gold Gay Frères bracelet is the final addition to this masterpiece and perfectly complements its luxurious sporty ethos. In fact, the bracelet is highly collectible in itself as Gay Frères is considered one of the best - if not the best overall - bracelet makers of all times, his creations as scarce as they are sublime and comfortable. It is no surprise that the company was the “go-to” bracelet supplier for the most distinguished brands on the market (for another example of Gay Frères bracelet, see the white gold reference 2497, lot 122).

  • 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 attractive, collectible and well-preserved pink gold chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

34.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed by maker, bracelet signed by bracelet maker

CHF250,000 - 500,000 

Sold for CHF315,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021