“Howard Hughes” Patek Philippe Ref 1463 Sells Amid Controversy
by Kyle Stults on June 16, 2010

“Lot 385″ Sold On a Story….Howard Hughes Turns In His Grave…





…Unfortunately the purchaser of this watch remains undocumented and sales records of this transaction may not be available…” (page 266, Christie’s June 16 Auction catalogue)

It is unfortunate that serious questions regarding the provenance of this watch were posed to Christie’s, yet Christie’s did not answer them.  In my view, unless and until these questions are properly answered by Christie’s, this watch’s provenance, namely its purported association with the late Howard Hughes, should be considered highly doubtful.


Perpetuelle’s additional, in-depth coverage of this watch can be seen here:

  1. The Curious Case of the “Howard Hughes” Patek Philippe Ref 1463, Continued (June 15, 2010)
  2. The Curious Case of the “Howard Hughes” Patek Philippe Ref 1463 (June 14, 2010)
  3. Howard Hughes Patek Philippe Ref. 1463 Up At Auction (June 3, 2010)