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  • Condition Report

  • Description

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 1946
    Reference No: 1463
    Movement No: 867’302
    Case No: 653’501
    Model Name: Tasti Tondi
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13’’’, 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture of the present watch in 1947 with applied gold hour markers and tachymeter scale, and its subsequent sale on March 22nd, 1949.
    Literature: This reference 1463 in steel is featured in Patek Philippe Steel Watches by John Goldberger pp. 284-285

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe’s reference 1463 was launched in 1940, and remained in production for approximately 25 years. The timepiece, along with its companion reference 1563 split-seconds chronograph, was the brand’s first and only vintage-era waterproof chronograph produced featuring a water resistant screw-back case and round pump pushers. Research indicates approximately 750 examples were produced with the majority made in yellow gold, a very limited number in stainless steel, and an exceptionally small number in pink gold.
    Nicknamed “Tasti Tondi” by Italian collectors for the round chronograph pushers, the reference 1463 was a sportier alternative to the less robust reference 130, and the desire for the model has never waned. The model was Patek Philippe’s first sports chronograph designed for a modern society with an increasing interest in outdoor activities, and even for industrial use in scientific and medical environments due to a second inner case which shielded the movement against magnetism. Today, this timepiece is one of the most sought after vintage Patek Philippe chronographs available, and is cherished for its classic modern design.
    Similar to other Patek Philippe models, the reference 1463 evolved over time. Manufactured by Taubert Frères for Patek Philippe, the cases originally featured shorter thin lugs extending out from the case, with a stepped bezel, while the second generation cases like the present watch, were distinguished by a larger winding crown, larger downturned lugs, and a more angular bezel giving them more presence on the wrist.
    The present chronograph is an important, all-original example of these very rare and collectible watches and is prominently featured in John Goldberger’s “Patek Philippe Steel Watches” tome. Preserved in excellent, original condition, it has remained cherished in the “Ride the Wave” collection since acquired at auction in 2005, having been hardly worn since. Even the Patek Philippe-signed cowhide strap remains unchanged - still fitted with the same buckle it was photographed with in 2005.
    Featuring a long signature dial with exceptionally well-preserved, raised, hard-enamel printing, it has taken on a remarkable greyish tone with no signs of any interventions. While being one of the world’s most collectable vintage wristwatches and consequently very valuable, the stainless steel reference 1463 can be comfortably worn daily thanks to its robust case design and very discreet looks.

  • 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 important, very rare, and well-preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with outer tachymeter scale

Circa 1946
35mm Diameter
Case, dial, and movement signed

Estimate
$200,000 - 400,000 
CHF187,000-373,000
€178,000-356,000
HK$1,560,000-3,120,000

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