The present reference 1463 is a superb example of Patek Philippe’s only regular production 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 in itself. This watch also bears the typical Gübelin hand engraved Sales line inside the case back below the case number, the watch recently a went through a thorough inspection by Gübelin and it’s most experienced senior watchmaker, Eugen Fink, resulting in a full confirmation of the watch and issue of an extract of the Gübelin archives.
Moreover, this example is believed to be one of only three examples of a reference 1463 in steel retailed by Gu¨belin to appear in public to date, one of them with a consecutive case number and a movement number as close as 3 digits. However, this is the only confirmed watch by Gübelin and the only one with this particular early dial layout but 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.
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 jewelery ever since. Today, Gübelin has branches throughout Europe.