This is a mecca in vintage Patek Philippe collecting. The 1463 was Patek’s first water resistant chronograph, succeeding the previous and iconic 130 chronograph. The improvements were characterized by a larger, modern case, rounded pushers, and a screw-down back. Some call this the Patek’s first ‘sports’ watch, though it is a bit of a stretch. With its robust proportions, this chronograph certainly has a more modern appeal than most of Patek’s vintage range. As such, the name tasti tondi (tondi meaning round in Italian) was given. Since then, the reference has achieved a cult following— justly so.
It is estimated that only 750 of these watches were produced across all metals. This 18K YG case makes up an estimated half the production. For its time (1940) the reference was groundbreaking. The combination of complication and practicality was a complete first. Not mention its extremely stylish approach. The upsized case is still discreet by modern standards at 35-36mm depending on the example. The are two additional charms worth covering. First, I adore the highly domed crystal. Secondly, not often discussed, there’s a small early-design internal dust protector for its manual caliber 13-130 and its 23 jewels. Just a fun detail amongst many.
The yellow gold, two-tone silver dial, applied indices, and blued hands are all desperately appealing. The case on this one is sharp and its crystal is unmarked. The movement is perfect. This early application of Geneva striping is some of my preferred finishing. I’ve been lusting after the curl to those lugs also. The 1463 is full of tasteful details that reveal themselves in time. This is truly vintage Patek Philippe at its best.
Find this Tasti Tondi here from Tempus at an undisclosed sum.