The fine, tonneau-shaped wristwatch, crafted in 14K yellow gold, was presented at the auction together with a collection of photos showing Prof. Einstein with the watch on his wrist.
The scientist was presented with the watch in Los Angeles in 1931. The famous physicist, who revolutionized our perception of time, was often sported wearing this sober, elegant timepiece.
The unique timepiece was produced back in 1930 by the Longines Company, headquartered in Saint-Imier, Switzerland and boasting over 175 years of horological expertise.
Connoisseurs of fine watchmaking and Albert Einstein's fans took part in the passionate bidding for the Longines watch. Initially estimated at 25,000 - 35,000 US Dollars, the Albert Einstein watch set a record - it fetched the highest price ever given for a Longines watch at auction. The previous record was set by a magnificent Longines pocket-watch sold for 74,000 Swiss francs at auction in 2005. It was acquired for the Longines Museum.
It is interesting to mention that Albert Einstein owned one more watch also manufactured by Longines. It was a Longines pocket-watch dating from 1943. Now, the timepiece can be seen in the History Museum in Berne, Switzerland.