It was used by Taylor to time the fastest goal ever scored in a World Cup final – the penalty by Johan Neeskens in the second minute. It was also the first-ever penalty awarded in a World Cup final.
Three separate internet bidders competed at the June 14 Luxury Watch Sale for the lot. The stopwatch was consigned by Taylor’s family.
He gave it to his daughter, Jayne Willis, over 40 years ago. It had remained – untouched – in a cabinet since the 1980s.
Taylor is one of only three Englishmen to have refereed a World Cup final. The watch still works, and was offered in its original Omega box.