Patek Philippe - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 1947
    Reference No: 1463
    Movement No: 867’211
    Case No: 644’768
    Model Name: “Tasti Tondi”
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13”, 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K pink gold Gay Frères link bracelet, overall length 170mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold stamped Gay Frères
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, and movement signed, clasp stamped GF.
    Accessories: Accompanied by a copy of the biography, Dõna Lola: Maestra de Venezuela (2002). Further accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1947 and its subsequent sale on August 13th, 1948.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe is known for some of the most iconic timepieces collected today, from their famed 96 the first referenced wristwatch released in 1932, to the historic mid 20th century references 1518 and 2499 perpetual calendar chronograph watches with moon phases, to their legendary reference 1463, the classic chronograph wristwatch with waterproof case and round pushers. Launched in 1940 and remaining in production until 1965 it was made mainly in yellow gold, with fewer examples in stainless steel and very few examples in pink gold. The rarity of the present watch is further enhanced by its extremely desirable, “pink on pink” configuration with pink gold case and pink dial. It is one of only seven known to the market.

    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 fulfil a demand for more durable timepieces that could withstand rigorous use. The reference 1463 was designed for such active clientele as the sportier alternative to the less robust reference 130 chronograph.

    Consigned to the international market for the first time by the family of the original owner, the present 1463 was a loving gift from wife (Lola Rodríguez de Fuenmayor, 1896-1969) to husband (Asdrubal Fuenmayor Rivera, 1893-1958) in celebration of a professional milestone in his distinguished legal career. Both had an interest in education and helping others. The Fuenmayor family of Venezuela helped establish several educational institutions, including the first secular private university in Venezuela in 1953: Universidad Santa Maria. Dõna Lola, as she was better known, was a teacher, musician and nurse, and during a period of political and social upheaval, she was concerned for the youth of her country, and their ability to be able to learn in a free and democratic environment. During the mid-20th century, education was under government control and Dõna Lola wanted students to learn unencumbered by political rhetoric. The school began with faculties in Law, Pharmacy, Engineering and Dentistry, later expanding to include Economics, and Social Sciences. Today, the school is well-known for both its undergraduate and graduate programs. It is believed by the family that the present 1463 was bought during a trip by Asdrubal and Lola to New York City.

    Patek Philippe’s legendary reference 1463 is one of the most sought after and collectible vintage chronograph wristwatches due to its modern case proportions and prominent chronograph pushers. The model has grown in desirability as a vintage horological icon that was ahead of its time. Preserved in wonderful original condition with crisp case hallmarks, the watch is accompanied by a complementary 18K pink gold bracelet with the clasp stamped Gay Frères. The lot is accompanied by a biography of Dõna Lola, and her contributions to the betterment of mankind.

  • 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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Property from the Family of the Original Owner

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Ref. 1463
An extremely rare and highly attractive pink gold chronograph wristwatch with pink dial, tachymeter scale, pink gold Gay Frères bracelet and provenance material

Circa 1947
35mm Diameter
Case, dial, and movement signed, clasp stamped GF.

Estimate
$150,000 - 300,000 
CHF143,000-285,000
€145,000-289,000
HK$1,170,000-2,350,000
S$206,000-411,000

Sold for $201,600

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022