Historic Watch Collection to Fetch Millions at Sotheby's

Photograph courtesy Sotheby's Auction House

Esse quam videri—“To be, rather than to seem”—was the motto of American banker Henry Graves Jr. (1868-1953), one of the most famous watch collectors in history. Graves passed his passion on to his grandson, Reginald H. Fullerton Jr., who died in March. Over the course of their two lifetimes, the men assembled an eye-popping collection of dozens of one-of-a-kind timepieces by Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, and Breguet. Now those watches are up for sale.

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