The Ref. 1463 was a fascinating chronograph first introduced by Patek Philippe in 1940 and then discontinued at the end of 1960. With a diameter of 35mm, it was small by today’s standards, yet quite dynamic back in the days when it was conceived. As it turns out, Patek Philippe fitted the watch replica Patek Philippe watches with a water-resistant case, and it is the only vintage chronograph with round pushers from the brand.
As always with Patek Philippe watches, the overall balance is perfectly balanced, the dial is perfectly designed and all the functions are clearly readable. On the wrist, the watch has a very personal touch and is slightly larger than one might expect. What makes this watch so unique is the “Cartier” lettering on the dial. A world-renowned luxury brand, Cartier is primarily known for its watches and jewelry, but historically it has also retailed products from other famous brands, including Patek Philippe. This is believed to be the only Ref. 1463 chronograph to bear both the Patek Philippe and Cartier brand names on its dial.
It is powered by the Caliber 13-130 hand-wound movement (a variation of the Valjoux 23) with column wheel, a robust and reliable movement that is also found in other famous chronographs of the same period, such as the Rolex Ref. 3525. Historically, Patek Philippe has produced different versions of the Ref. 1463 chronograph, such as those in pink gold or stainless steel. It is available with a variety of dials, decorated with Roman numerals, Breguet numerals or a combination of Arabic numerals and stick hour markers. This model, with its rather bold gold hour markers, is more modern in comparison, making it a very attractive vintage Patek Philippe chronograph.