A very fine, rare, and attractive yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with tachymeter scale

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1968
    Reference No: 1463
    Movement No: 869’227, movement further stamped "HOX"
    Case No: 2’647’886
    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: 34.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the watch in 1968 and subsequent sale on June 12, 1968.

  • Catalogue Essay

    One can say that reference 1463 was Patek Philippe’s first sports chronograph designed for a modern society with an increasing interest in outdoor activities. Designed with a second inner case which shielded the movement against magnetism, it was a robust watch suitable for industrial use in scientific and medical environments. Each featured a ten-sided screw-down caseback and playful rounded chronograph pushers, known as "Tasti Tondi" in Italian.

    One of the last examples of the reference 1463 ever produced by Patek Philippe, therefore one of the last chronograph-only watches produced by the manufacture until the introduction of the reference 5070 in 1998, the present lot features a rare dial configuration with tachymeter scale only and no railway minute divisions. Featuring the raised, hard enamel print that aficionados of vintage Patek Philippe watches adore, the dial is stunning both for its immaculate condition and clean design. The movement is stamped "HOX", indicating it was delivered to the American market. Another example of a late 1463, only two case numbers and movement numbers away from this particular example, was sold by Phillips in 2016 and bears the retailer signature "Cartier" as it was sold at the Cartier boutique on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. That watch, bearing case number 2’647’885, bears the same purchase date as the present lot – June 12th, 1968. The last examples of the 1463, it seems, found themselves in the hands of American collectors. The present lot is preserved in superb overall condition, having developed a pleasing patina on its case – an indication the watch was hardly worn or handled, likely spending many years stored untouched.

  • 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 very fine, rare, and attractive yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with tachymeter scale

1968
34.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.

Estimate
$120,000 - 240,000 
CHF120,000-239,000
€104,000-208,000
HK$941,000-1,880,000

sold for $187,500

Contact Specialist
Paul Boutros
Head of Watches, Americas
+1 212 940 1293
pboutros@phillips.com

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