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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 11, 2012

LOT 581

PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 1463, STAINLESS STEEL - BREGUET NUMERALS Patek Philippe, Genève, No. 867965, case No. 660163, Ref. 1463. Made in 1950, sold on June 25th, 1951. Very fine and very rare, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with round button chronograph, register, tachometer (in miles), and Breguet numerals. Accompanied by the Extract from the Archives.

C. Two-body, polished, inclined and stepped bezel, concave lugs, screw-down case back, dust-protecting cap. D. Matte silver with applied steel Breguet numerals, subsidiary seconds and 30-minute register dials, outer tachometer graduation in miles. Steel "feuille" steel hands. M. 13'''-130, rhodium plated, ?fausses côtes? decoration, 23 jewels, lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance with 8 adjustments, Breguet balance-spring, swan-neck micrometer regulator. Dial, case and movement signed. Inside of the case punched F.B. for Taubert & Fils (formerly Freres Borgel). Diam. 35 mm. Thickness: 12 mm.

CHF 150,000 - 200,000

USD 160,000 - 210,000 / EUR 125,000 - 165,000

Sold: CHF 182,500

Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original


The present watch is one of only approximately 20 stainless steel Ref. 1463 with Breguet numerals on the dial to be known in the market. The stainless steel version was made from 1940 until 1960 and is one of the most desirable of Patek Philippe chronographs. It is particularly favoured because of the water-resistant case with screw down back. Until about 1950 the bezel was in line with the case edge, from then on the bezel became stepped.