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Patek Philippe

'TASTI TONDI', REF 1463 YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TWO-TONE DIAL MADE IN 1952 [百達翡麗1463型號「TASTI TONDI」黃金計時腕錶,1952年製]

Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe

'TASTI TONDI', REF 1463 YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TWO-TONE DIAL MADE IN 1952 [百達翡麗1463型號「TASTI TONDI」黃金計時腕錶,1952年製]

'TASTI TONDI', REF 1463 YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TWO-TONE DIAL MADE IN 1952 [百達翡麗1463型號「TASTI TONDI」黃金計時腕錶,1952年製]

Patek Philippe


'TASTI TONDI', REF 1463

YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TWO-TONE DIAL

MADE IN 1952

 [百達翡麗1463型號「TASTI TONDI」黃金計時腕錶,1952年製]


Dial: two-tone, silvered

Caliber: cal. 13-130 manual winding, 23 jewels

Movementnumber: 868'505 

Case: 18k yellow gold, screw-down back

Casenumber: 679'108 

Dimensions: 35 mm 

Signed: case, dial and movement 

Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on August 10th, 1961

MVT: running at the time of cataloguing. Chronograph functioning.

CASE: in very good condition. With some signs of wear consistent with age and use. Strong proportions, crisp hallmarks and sharp edges.

DIAL: in very good condition.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."


**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

The reference 1463 was introduced by Patek Philippe in 1940 as the manufactures first water resistant chronograph. While it was released only four years after the iconic reference 130, the reference 1463 differentiates itself by having a slightly larger case with screw-down back and round chronograph pushers. This contrasts the smaller reference 130 with snap-on back and square chronograph pushers. Thanks to its larger and sportier proportions the reference 1463 is still an extremely attractive watch to wear even given the current preference for larger watches. 


Reference 1463 can be divided into three different series and was produced in yellow gold, pink gold and stainless steel, with an estimated overall production of less than 750 pieces.

- The first series produced until 1945 is distinguished by rather straight and flat lugs paired with a thick no-step bezel and a small domed crown.

- The second series produced until 1961 bears heavier lugs that are curling downwards at the end, a thinner bezel and a larger crown.

- The third and last series in production until its discontinuation around 1969 is recognizable by its simpler dial design without the outside "chemin de fer" and again with flatter case band and lugs. 


The present example belongs to the second series and since it was made before 1959, it correctly does not yet bear the Calatrava pattern on the crown. 

The inside of the case back is stamped 'FB', the maker's mark for Taubert & Fils. From the late 19th century, when it existed under the name Frères Borgel, Taubert & Fils was one of the finest Geneva-based case makers and specialized in water-resistant cases. 


The present lot is presented in very well-preserved condition with a case retaining strong proportions and clear hallmarks. The two-tone dial is also very attractive with a subtle warm and charming patina that only the passage of time can create.


It represents a rare opportunity for a discerning collector to acquire a wonderful example of this highly important reference.