The reference 1463 was first launched in 1940, and production continued for approximately 25 years. It was the first and only waterproof chronograph produced by Patek Philippe featuring a screw-back case and round pump pushers. It is believed 750 examples were produced with the majority in yellow gold, a very limited number in stainless steel, and an exceptionally small number in pink gold. Despite the limited production numbers, there were many variations. While each featured a ten-sided screw back case and playful rounded chronograph-pushers, known as "Tasti Tondi" in Italian, there were many dial variations. The present example features a sublime, two-tone silvered dial with outer polished chapter ring and tachymeter, and inner silvered matte dial with applied raised steel markers, subsidiary dials, and railway track. Its overall condition is incredible, with an immaculate case retaining its crisp, factory original finishing, with thick lugs and a sharp bezel. The wonderful state of preservation suggests the watch was hardly worn, and lovingly cared for over its long history. The two-tone dial is simply radiant with hard, raised enamel printing that is fully intact and well defined. Over the past twenty years, very few steel reference 1463 watches have been offered at auction. This remarkable stainless steel example is not only fresh to the market, it combines so many desirable elements sought after by collectors, making it a worthy addition for a world-class collection of complicated Patek Philippe wristwatches.
Case/Bracelet: The case is in excellent overall condition, and in our opinion has never been polished. The case remains sharp, with strong proportions and crisp edges throughout. The factory finish is present and in our view is all original. There is very minor shallow wear to the case, with a few heavier marks to the case back. Dial: The dial is gorgeous, clean and original. The raised, hard enamel signature, minute track, and tachymeter are crisp with no signs of restorations or prior cleanings whatsoever. Movement: The movement is in excellent condition and the chronograph is running.
<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">Paul Boutros</a><br> Head of Watches, Americas<br> +1 212 940 1293<br> <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>
<p>Since its founding in 1839, this famous Geneva-based firm has been surprising its clientele with superbly crafted timepieces fitted with watchmaking's most prestigious complications. Traditional and conservative designs are found across Patek Philippe's watches made throughout their history — the utmost in understated elegance.</p><p>Well-known for the Graves Supercomplication — a highly complicated pocket watch that was the world’s most complicated watch for 50 years — this family-owned brand has earned a reputation of excellence around the world. Patek's complicated vintage watches hold the highest number of world records for results achieved at auction compared with any other brand. For collectors, key models include the reference 1518, the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the reference 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450, chronographs such as the reference 130, 530 and 1463, as well as reference 1436 and 1563 split seconds chronographs. Patek is also well-known for their classically styled, time-only "Calatrava" dress watches, and the "Nautilus," an iconic luxury sports watch first introduced in 1976 as the reference 3700 that is still in production today.</p>