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Lot # 1438 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1940 Chicago Bears World Championship Watch

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,659

On December 8, 1940, George Halas' Chicago Bears defeated the Washington Redskins 73-0 in the NFL Championship game at Griffith Stadium. To this day, it remains the most lopsided victory in NFL history. Offered here is a rare 1940 Chicago Bears World Championship wristwatch presented to halfback Bob Swisher in commemoration of that historic win. This is the equivalent of a Super Bowl ring today. The gold-colored Longines watch features an engraving of a football on the reverse, along with the engraved lettering "Chicago Bears/Bob E. Swisher/H/1940/World Champions." This is only the second 1940 Chicago Bears Championship watch we have ever seen. The first example, which was discovered in 2007 by an elderly woman while cleaning out her deceased husband's desk drawer, was later sold on eBay that same year, where it realized a final sales price of $8,100. NFL championship watches dating prior to 1950 are exceedingly rare, and we cannot recall having ever seen an earlier example that was presented to a player offered at public auction. The watch, which has a metal band, is in working order and displays light-to-moderate wear consistent with its age and former use. In Excellent to Mint condition overall. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,659

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