Patek Philippe - The New York Watch Auction: SIX New York Saturday, June 11, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1956
    Reference No: 1463
    Movement No: 868'832
    Case No: 698'828
    Model Name: “Tasti Tondi”
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13’”, 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Patek Philippe lizard strap
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and strap signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1956 with Breguet numerals and its subsequent sale on July 19th, 1957.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The concept of a “sports watch” is well-known today, but 80 years ago, it was a novel idea with elegant and gentlemanly timepieces worn by businessmen and captains of industry displaying their social status. Beginning in the late-1930s, there was a growing appreciation in society for sports and outdoor adventures, and watch manufacturers sought to fulfill a demand for more durable timepieces, which could withstand the outdoor elements. The reference 1463 was designed for such active clientele as the sportier alternative to the less robust reference 130 chronograph. It was produced mainly in yellow gold, with fewer examples in stainless steel and pink gold. How telling, that even in the pursuit of creating a sports watch, Patek Philippe still decided to focus production on precious metals.

    Phillips has been entrusted with several reference 1463s of exceptional quality but has only ever sold one other yellow gold reference with Breguet numerals. Scholarship has only identified a total of 14 examples of the reference 1463 in yellow gold with Breguet numerals. The exceptional example offered here first appeared at auction in 1998 and has not appeared on the market since, having been safe in the inimitable Ride the Wave collection. With the Taubert-fabricated case in the highest state of preservation, this symbol of casual refinement in the golden era of watchmaking is ready to adorn the next great collection.

  • 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 remarkably well-preserved, distinctive, and very rare yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with Breguet numerals

35mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and strap signed.

$80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for $302,400

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The New York Watch Auction: SIX

New York Auction 11-12 June 2022