ON DISPLAY IN JERUSALEM: The $30 Million Marie Antoinette Watch


Twenty five years after it was brazenly stolen from Jerusalem’s L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art, the $30 million “Marie Antoinette” watch is back on display in the Holy Land.

Created by master watch-maker Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1783 for France’s ill-fated queen, the watch is encased in 18-carat gold, while its glasses are made of rock crystal.

It was one of dozens of pieces stole by thief Naaman Diller, a former kibbutznik whose widow tried to sell some of the watches years after his death — which ultimately led to their recovery.

The watch is now on display at the Mayer Museum as part of a larger collection valued at more than $200 million.

This time, security is top-notch — including 1.5 foot thick walls and reinforced glass in a custom-built protected room.


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