Patek Philippe

The 18k yellow gold Tasti Tondi ref. 1463 retailed by Beyer


Breathtaking and unique 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe ref.1463, manufactured in 1942.

The present reference 1463 bearing case number 623’895 and made in 1942 is the earliest example of this reference known in yellow gold and is over 150,000 case numbers lower than the previous model with serial 862’907, providing for a huge leap back in time.

Reference 1463, along with the split seconds reference 1563 is the only vintage, water resistant chronograph wristwatch that Patek Philippe produced. 

Manufactured from approximately 1940 to 1969, the reference is playfully dubbed "Tasti Tondi" due to its large waterproof round pushers.

It is the waterproof attributes of this watch that led it to be bought in the early 1940s by a Swedish businessman who wanted to have an elegant yet “sporty” chronograph that that he could wear while sailing. In 1968, for his 70th birthday and to add a pinch of glamour his daughter offered him a woven yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet to fit his beloved timepiece.

Looking at this timepiece one is immediately awestruck by the amazing patina of the dial which has gone from the original silver to a graphic two tone pink champagne / opaline. Furthermore, the dial features the signature of the prestigious Zurich based retailer, Beyer, making the present lot the only example known with this double signature.

However, where the present lot redefines scholarship is the shape of its lugs. Reference 1463 models in steel feature straight lugs whereas gold models have down turned lugs. 

The present gold model has the same straight lugs as found in steel models. It is possible that whilst looking for a chic yet versatile waterproof gold chronograph, Beyer was approached and the present reference 1463 ordered.

No earlier yellow gold reference 1463 being known, it is safe to assume that Patek Philippe used the design of the existing steel reference 1463 to create this unique piece.

Coming by the family of the original owner, the present example ticks all the boxes that make it a must have for the connoisseur: excellent condition case with crisp hallmark on the side, superb and unique dial, unique Beyer signature and the earliest reference 1463 in yellow gold to have appeared on the market.

Case n.: 623’895

Mov n.: 862'871

Calibre: Manual, cal. 13’’’

Diameter: 35mm 

Papers: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives

Manufactured in: 1942

Provenance: Phillips - The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX - 11/12 November 2017

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