• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 35

    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine, rare and attractive stainless steel water-resistant chronograph wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial, bracelet and box

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, RETAILED BY FRECCERO, REF. 1463, MOVEMENT NO. 868'840, CASE NO. 660'184, MANUFACTURED IN 1955

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine, rare and attractive stainless steel water-resistant chronograph wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial, bracelet and box
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, retailed by Freccero, ref. 1463, movement no. 868'840, case no. 660'184, manufactured in 1955
    Cal. 13''' nickel-finished lever movement, 23 jewels, metal dust cap, the two-tone silvered dial with applied white gold baton and Arabic numerals, outer railway five minute divisions and tachymetre scale, two subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and 30 minutes register, in circular water-resistant-type case with screw back, downturned lugs, two round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Gay Frères link bracelet, case and movement signed by maker, dial signed by maker and retailer
    35 mm. diam.


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with applied gold hour markers and tachymetre scale in 1955 and its subsequent sale on 14 March 1957. Furthermore delivered with the period Patek Philippe brown leather presentation box.

    This watch is one of the most attractive references 1463 in stainless steel to be offered in public in recent years. Its desirability resides in the exclusive combination of the stainless steel case, the highly attractive two-tone silvered dial and retailer's signature, the stainless steel Gay Frères bracelet, further enhanced by the original condition and freshness to the market. Never been offered in public before, it is the only reference 1463 with such a two-tone silvered dial signed by Freccero and with applied baton and Arabic numerals known to exist to date.

    Reference 1463 was launched in 1940 and remained in production until 1965. The majority was cased in yellow gold; examples in stainless steel are exceedingly rare. According to research, less than 15 examples of a reference 1463 in stainless steel fitted with a two-tone silvered dial have been offered in public to date.

    The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 267.

    The prestigious firm Freccero & Cia. at 25 De Mayo 563 in Montevideo were Patek Philippe's retailers in Uruguay.