For many years the property of the present owner, unused and safely locked away, this "tasti tondi", Italian for round pushers as this model is lovingly described by collectors, is an extremely well-preserved and charismatic example of this legendary model.
The case has evidently never been subject to careless polishing, consequently displaying full lugs, sharp edges and crisp gold marks. The attractive silvered dial has not undergone any cosmetic enhancement and impresses with beautifully raised hard enamel signature and scales. Over time, it has taken a highly attractive champagne-coloured patina, further enhancing its superb overall look. Last but not least and much to the collector’s delight, this second series reference 1463 still retains the original crown and chronograph pushers.
Since its launch in 1940, the desirability of reference 1463 has never ceased. Destined for a clientele in quest of an elegant yet sporty wristwatch, Patek Philippe's first chronograph model fitted with a water-resistant-type case and round chronograph buttons is as popular today as it was at the time of its introduction.
Reference 1463 was launched in 1940 and remained in production until 1965, the case undergoing a number of improvements and changes to its shape over the years. The majority was cased in yellow gold, few examples in pink gold and stainless steel.
The model is illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, p. 267, and in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches - Volume II, pp. 268-269.