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Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces

New York, Dec 13, 2012

LOT 332

PATEK PHILIPPE REF. 1463 CHRONOGRAPH YELLOW GOLD Patek Philippe, Genève, No.867442, case No. 653476, Ref. 1463. Made in 1948, sold June 14th, 1949. Extremely fine and rare, water-resistant, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with round button chronograph, register, tachometer and an 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle. Accompanied by the Extract from the Archives.

C. Two-body, solid, polished and brushed, screw-down case back, stepped inclined bezel, anti-magnetic dust cap, concave lugs. D. Champagne with applied yellow gold baton indexes, outer minute/ seconds and 1/5th seconds divisions, subsidiary dials for the seconds and 30-minute register, outermost tachometer scale graduated to 1000 UPH. Yellow gold baton hands. M. Cal. 13''', rhodium-plated, stamped with the Seal of Geneva Quality Mark, fausses cotes decoration, 23 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic compensation balance with eight adjustments, self-compensating steel Breguet balance spring, index regulator. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 35 mm. Thickness 13 mm.

USD 120,000 - 180,000

CHF 110,000 - 170,000 / EUR 90,000 - 140,000

Sold: USD 128,500

Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original


Production of reference 1463 launched in 1940. The model was produced in yellow and pink gold, and a few examples in stainless steel. The fi rst examples of reference 1463 had bezels which continued to the band; this changed in the early 1950's to a stepped bezel. The 1463 is further distinguished as the fi rst production model of a waterproof chronograph made by Patek Philippe, and is immediately recognized by its beautiful engine-turned chronograph buttons. A similar example is published in "Patek Philippe Wristwatches", by Martin Huber and Alan Banbery, 1998, page 267.