Patek Philippe Vintage Models (Other)

Summary

  • Movement 
    Handwinding
  • Year of manufacture 
    1958
  • Lot number 
    149
  • Case material 
    Pink Gold
  • Diameter 
    35mm
  • Bracelet material 
    Leather
  • Location
  • Watch type 
    Men/Unisex

Description

ROSE GOLD PATEK PHILIPPE REF. 1463 "TASTI TONDI", SOLD IN 1958
Two body tonneau 18K rose gold case, n. 698849, sloped bezel with step, concave lugs, screw back and antimagnetic metal dust cover, round pushers. Patek Philippe leather strap and 18K gold buckle.
Signed champagne dial with patina, gold Arabic 12 and 6 numerals and bâton indexes, minutes track with 1/5th of seconds fraction, outer tachymeter scale up to 1000 units, sunk subdials for seconds and 30-min counter. Feuille hands, gilt and blued hands for subsidiary dials.
Signed manual winding movement, rhodium-plated caliber 13-130, n. 868908, 23 jewels, fausses-côtes decoration, column wheel system, lever escapement, cut compensated bimetallic balance with screws with eight regulations, blued Breguet hairspring, micrometer regulator.
Accompanied by Patek Philippe box, outer box, retailer tag, certificate of origin and extract from the archives.
Diameter Ø: 35 mm
Note: working.

Produced for three decades, from the early 1940’s to the late 1960’s, reference 1463 represents the Patek Philippe chronograph par excellence. At the time it was the first and only waterproof chronograph of the Geneva brand, with screwback case and large round pushers, which earned it the nickname “Tasti Tondi” from Italian collectors.
It is believed that only 750 pieces were produced, with the majority of them in yellow gold, very few in steel, and an extremely limited number in rose gold, like the watch in the catalogue.
Despite the limited production volume, the 1463 experimented with several subtle variations, mainly affecting the dial design (in particular, the pieces produced in the last years of production are distinguished by the lack of Arabic or Roman numerals at 6 and 12, and of the outer railway track).
The cases, produced by the famous case maker Frères Borgel, house the superb 13’’’ calibre, used as the chronograph base for other historic references that added the perpetual calendar complication, such as the 1518 and the 2499.
The watch that we are lucky enough to offer for sale is in incredible original condition, as it has remained in the hands of the same family and was consigned to us by the son of the one and only owner, who received it as a wedding present.
This 1463 is accompanied by the original box, warranty, business card of the boutique from which it was purchased, and the extract from the archives; it presents a charming patina of the dial, upon which the brand logo and the various graphics remain vivid and intact, as well as the case with its original proportions.