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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 232

    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine, rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet



    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine, rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, retailed by Gübelin, ref. 1463, movement no. 869’002, case no. 2’605’598, manufactured in 1958
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 13’’’, stamped with the Geneva seal, 23 jewels, metal dust cap
    DIAL: silvered matte, applied steel dot and Roman numerals, outer Arabic five minute divisions and tachymetre scale, two subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register
    CASE: stainless steel, screw back, two round chronograph buttons in the band, 34.5 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement signed by maker, dial also signed by retailer
    BRACELET/CLASP: stainless steel Gübelin bracelet and deployant clasp, clasp also stamped GF for Gay Frères and 3.65, overall bracelet length approx. 200 mm.
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of this watch with silvered dial and raised hour markers in 1958 and its subsequent sale on 14 June 1961.

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    The present reference 1463 is a superb example of Patek Philippe’s only vintage chronograph watch with screw back case and round pushers. Introduced in 1940, the model is unquestionably one of the renowned manufacturer’s most iconic and popular sports watches. Over the years, its case has seen a number of improvements and changes.

    Made in 1958, the “tasti tondi” (Italian for round pushers, as the model is affectionately called by collectors) offered here for sale is from the “second” series, made from the mid-1940s until around 1961. It is distinguished by the larger winding crown, more substantial lugs with curled ends and a more angular, stepped bezel design, as opposed to the rounded bezel and straighter lugs of the earlier generation.

    Preserved in superb condition, highlighted by the beautifully raised hard enamel signature and scales and the attractive pearlescent patina, the dial is in perfect harmony with the crisp case. Free from any careless polishing it impresses with its full, sharp-edged proportions and an impeccable satin-finish.

    The overall appeal of this beautiful timepiece is further enhanced by two extremely rare features, the signature of the prestigious Swiss watch and jewellery retailer Gübelin and the stainless steel Gübelin bracelet made by the renowned Gay Frères in Geneva, another rarity by itself.

    Moreover believed to be one of only three examples of a reference 1463 in steel retailed by Gübelin to appear in public to date, however the only one with this particular dial layout and short signature, the present watch is doubtlessly one of the most attractive examples of this landmark model to appear in public in recent years.

    Examples of reference 1463 are illustrated and described in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches - Volume II, pp. 268 – 269, in Patek Philippe Steel Watches by John Goldberger, pp. 268 – 301, and in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 267.

    E. Gübelin
    Gübelin was founded in 1854 and has always been a family enterprise. Located in Lucerne, Switzerland, the renowned company has designed and retailed superior quality watches, clocks and jewellery ever since. Today, Gübelin has branches throughout Europe.

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