With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with raised hour markers in steel and tachometer scale in 1942 and its subsequent sale on 30 Novembre 1945.
Furthermore delivered with the original Patek Philippe letter dated 15 June 1995 confirming that the present watch bearing movement no. 863'089 was sold to "Mr. Caran d'Ache". Based on the date of its sale, 40 November 1945, it can be assumed that its first owner was Arnold Schweizer, founder of Caran d'Ache, the famous Swiss manufacturer of high quality writing instruments. The engraved initials "E.S." on the case back were possibly those of his wife or another member of his family. The watch was serviced at Patek Philippe in 1995, charges CHF2,239, when most likely the monogram was removed upon request of its owner at that time.
Even though the notion of "sports watch" is probably an invention of the late 20th century, there is certainly some explanation if one associates the stainless steel version of reference 1463 to this term. In fact, for over half a century there hasn't been any other model by Patek Philippe better exemplifying the needs of a modern, self-confident, booming society which is enjoying outdoor activities and in particular sport during spare time. As a matter of fact, whereas the chronograph movement responds to the sportsman's needs, the beautifully sculpted water-resistant case protects it from humidity and dust. The hard steel case obviously ensures one doesn't need to see a watchmaker on a too regular basis if unintended contacts occur...
Consequently, the steel reference 1463 takes a particularly prominent role in many of the even most spoilt collectors' dreams and is a must have in an aficionado's career.
Recently overhauled in the workshops of Patek Philippe in Geneva, the present "tasti tondi", as this model is lovingly described by collectors (Italian for round pushers), is a charismatic example with well-preserved proportions and original pushers and crown. The dial shows an attractive satin-finish, the hard enamel signature and scales are beautifully raised as the connoisseur would expect.
The combination of interesting provenance and very good overall condition render this "1463" a trophy for the discerning collector.
A similar example of a stainless steel reference 1463 is described and illustrated in Patek Philippe Steel Watches by John Goldberger, pp. 284 - 285.