The present lot is an excellent example of the Reference 1463, an iconic chronograph wristwatch produced in less than 750 examples. This model is well-loved for its substantial case, featuring a screw-down back and round chronograph pushers. Whereas to modern eyes, many vintage pieces appear rather small, the proportions of the Ref. 1463 are just right.
The Reference 1463 was the first water resistant chronograph wristwatch made by Patek Philippe. The cases of the reference 1463 were made for Patek Philippe by Taubert (formerly Frerès Borgel), who specialized in the manufacture of the finest quality water-resistant type watch cases. The addition of a dust or humidity proof cover further helped to protect the watch movement.The model was manufactured from 1940 until circa 1969, and remained Patek Philippe's last chronograph wristwatch until the appearance of the Reference 5070 in 1998.