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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1942
    Reference No: 1463
    Movement No: 863'088
    Case No: 629'721
    Model Name: "Tasti Tondi"
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, 13''', 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Milanese strap, max. length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold folding clasp
    Dimensions: 35mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Extract from the Archives confirming year of production of the present watch in 1942, and its subsequent sale on August 27, 1943

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present reference 1463 must be considered to be not only one of the intellectually most interesting to come to the auction market in recent years, but also aesthetically most appealing and best preserved examples we can possibly think of. Having been made in 1942, it is one of the absolute earliest references 1463 ever made, and particularly early for yellow gold examples, which were introduced after the steel version was already in production. Scholars will be amazed to see the very early smooth surface angular bezel, a design element shortly after the making of this watch abandoned for the sake of the better known stepped version.

    The present example's dial is, without exaggeration, a work of art as we can hardly remember a two-tone dial of such intensity, featuring tones of grey, beige and silver at once. The overall condition of the present "Tasti Tondi" is so incredibly good and original that it makes perfect sense to wonder if the watch has actually ever seen wear or polishing in over seventy years. The hard enamel signature and scales is equally crisp and untouched as are the facets, angles, and hallmarks of the case.

    A Patek Philippe chronograph of such beauty, and rarity, but also wearability, is an extremely rare appearance on the market, and should not be missed, especially when offered today at a price level of many contemporary watches without comparable beauty and exclusivity.

  • 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
A highly attractive and extremely rare yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with silvered grey two-tone dial, tachometre scale, unusual bezel and bracelet

1942
35mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF150,000 - 250,000 

Sold for CHF281,000

Contact Specialist
Nathalie Monbaron
+41 22 317 81 83

Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm