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Patek Philippe

Reference 1463 'Tasti Tondi' | Retailed by Tiffany & Co.: A yellow gold chronograph wristwatch, Made in 1949

Auction Closed

December 7, 07:12 PM GMT


200,000 - 400,000 USD

Lot Details


Dial: silvered, Breguet numerals

Caliber: cal. 13''' mechanical, 23 jewels

Movement number: 867'600

Case: 18k yellow gold, screw down case back

Case number: 653'486

Closure: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle

Size: 34.5 mm diameter

Signed: case and movement signed by maker, dial signed by maker and retailer

Box: no

Papers: no

Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on November 10, 1949

The Patek Philippe reference 1463, affectionately known among collectors as 'Tasti Tondi' for its distinctive round pushers, made its debut in 1940, heralding a departure from previous chronographs by the brand in several notable ways. Prior to the arrival of the 1463, Patek Philippe chronographs featured snap-on case backs and square pushers, whereas this model boasted a screw-down case back and rounded pushers. These alterations were pivotal, endowing the 1463 with water resistance—a detail not lost on discerning clientele seeking a versatile timepiece for both professional and leisure pursuits.

The reference 1463 exudes a blend of sportiness and elegance, rendering it a highly sought-after collectible. Roughly 800 examples were produced until around 1969, in 18k yellow gold, pink gold, and stainless steel. The present lot, cased in 18k yellow gold, features a beautifully aged dial adorned with applied Breguet numerals. 'Breguet' dials were primarily created for the US market and are exceptionally scarce, with fewer than 100 known across all case materials. Moreover, they are even rarer in gold variations compared to their steel counterparts. Of special note, this particular example was made for the famed American retailer Tiffany & Co., as evidenced by the prestigious Tiffany signature positioned above the Patek Philippe signature.