In the long tradition of auctioning famous timepieces, Sotheby’s will now auction-off a watch that belonged to Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson. This particular watch was carried by him and set the pace of the naval Battle of Trafalgar.

The timepiece will be offered with an estimate of £250,000 – 450,000 and will be part of Sotheby’s Treasures sale on July 4, 2018.

‘The perfect timing of the British assault at the Battle of Trafalgar was key in the historic victory of the Royal Navy so to be able to offer for sale the watch that Nelson probably used to establish the timing for this decisive battle, is a real privilege.” said Daryn Schnipper, Chairman of Sotheby’s International Watch Division.


The Battle of Trafalgar was fought on October 21, 1805 off the southern coast of Spain as part of the Napoleonic Wars (1796 – 1815).  Under the command of Lord Admiral Nelson, the British fleet defeated the combined fleets of the Spanish and French navies. Nelson was shot and killed during that same battle while the watch, along with the rest of his belongings, were removed from his person for safekeeping.