This final price of this Patek Philippe Ref.1463 Chronograph was bolstered by the fact it was accompanied by an extract from the Patek archives. This final price of this Patek Philippe Ref.1463 Chronograph was bolstered by the fact it was accompanied by an extract from the Patek archives.

This extremely rare yellow 18ct gold Patek Philippe chronograph was one of the top lots in a December auction of important modern and vintage timepieces at Antiquorum’s New York sale room.

This watch falls into the latter category – vintage – dating back to the 1940s; the watch was made in 1948 and sold on June 14, 1949.

This fine example of prestige watchmaking was helped along to its final price of US$128,500 (£80,950) by the fact that it was accompanied by an extract from the Patek archives.

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This article was taken from the February 2013 issue of WatchPro, out now.