A rare, attractive and very well-preserved yellow gold chronograph wristwatch

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1950
    Reference No: 1463
    Movement No: 867'934
    Case No: 657'126
    Model Name: "Tasti Tondi"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13''' 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 34mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed, dial further signed Serpico y Laino and outside case back stamped S&L.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1950 with raised gold hour markers and tachometer scale and its subsequent sale on April 12, 1952.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 1463 is one of the most popular vintage chronograph models 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 bearing the signature of Serpico y Laino, such as the present watch. To date, no more than three examples bearing the retailer's signature and cased in yellow gold have appeared on the auction market.

    This timepiece's exceptional state of preservation is especially noteworthy. The dial features incredibly strong enamel graphics, with the "accent" very strong and apparent above the Patek Philippe Genève signature. There are no losses to the enamel, attesting to the originality of the dial. The case is also preserved in equally impressive condition. It features two sharp hallmarks - one on the back of the lug and one between the pushers. The bezel retains its strong definition, and even the crown remains original. Most importantly, the outside caseback is stamped "S&L." denoting the retailer, as well as an 18K mark which was a common feature for timepieces imported to South America.

  • 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
A rare, attractive and very well-preserved yellow gold chronograph wristwatch

1950
34mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed, dial further signed Serpico y Laino and outside case back stamped S&L.

Estimate
CHF150,000 - 300,000 
€138,000-276,000
$151,000-302,000

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Virginie Liatard-Roessli
Specialist, Head of Sale
+41 76 338 91 03
vliatard@phillips.com

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