Mechanical manually wound Replica Patek Philippe 7041R-001 movement, Caliber 215 PS, Seconds subdial, Dial flange set with 108 diamonds (~0.31 ct.), Grained silvery-white dial with brown roman numerals, Strap: alligator with square scales, hand-stitched, shiny dark chestnut with cream-colored stitching, Prong buckle, Sapphire-crystal case back, Water resistant to 30 m, Rose gold, Case dimensions: 30×33.8 mm.
Mechanical manually wound movement
Caliber 215 PS
Diameter: 21.9 mm
Height: 2.55 mm
Vibrations/hour: 28 800 (4 Hz)
Power reserve: Min. 44 hours
Hallmark: Patek Philippe Seal
This watch dates to 1956, meaning it likely sat at a retailer waiting for a home for a few years before it was given to Rosell B. Perkins in 1959 after the then-governor’s first year in Albany. The two men had worked together for over a decade and both served in President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Sub-Cabinet. When Rockefeller was elected Governor of New York, he appointed Perkins as his Counsel. The watch’s screw-down caseback is engraved “R.B.P / Jan. 1 – Mar. 25, 1959 / N.A.R” to commemorate the occasion.
The reference 1463 chronograph was Patek Philippe’s Replica first waterproof chronograph, though it’s much better suited to a beach chair in front of Hotel Carleton than taking a dip. From its introduction in the early 1940s through the release of the reference 5070 in 1998, it was the only waterproof chrono made by Patek. As with many mid-century classics, the 1463 came in a variety of dial and case configurations with the vast majority produced in yellow gold. In this way the watch here is typical, but it has the much-desired Breguet numeral dial instead of one with more pedestrian stick markers or numerals at only 12 and 6.