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1928 New York Yankees World Series Watch Die (Dieges & Clust Archives)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $600
On April 20, 1929, at opening day at Yankee Stadium, the thirty members of the 1928 World Championship club were presented a special gift in honor of their World Series victory: an exquisite custom-designed Hamilton “Piping Rock” model wristwatch. Although the watch was produced by Hamilton, the special design on the reverse was the work of the famed jewelry company Dieges & Clust. Offered here is the original die used to create the watch backing for the 1928 New York Yankees World Championship watch. The octagonal die (1.75 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height) displays the watch design, as well as the die number (0281245). The design, which is unique to the watch (the club's World Series rings and press pins from 1927 and 1928 are completely different), features two crossed bats along with an eagle perched atop a shield. The lettering reads "Yankees - 1928 - World Champions." It should be noted that this wristwatch design was specifically recorded on one of the Dieges & Clust company file cards previously offered in REA's October 2014 auction (Lot 1305; one of 28 Dieges & Clust company archive lots offered in that sale). The actual watch is exceedingly rare, with few examples having ever appeared at auction. The most recent sale of a 1928 Yankees World Championship watch occurred in August 2014, when Lou Gehrig's watch realized $340,200.
This is one of six Dieges & Clust production dies offered in this auction, all of which originate from the family of a former company executive. They were initially obtained by the executive when all of the company's documents, records, dies, and other production-related materials were being discarded after Dieges & Clust was sold to Herff Jones in 1979. Prior to that time, the company, which was founded in 1898 by Col. Charles Dieges and Prosper Clust, was noted for its exquisite sports-related jewelry, including the manufacture of nearly all of the World Series rings and press pins produced between the years 1923 and 1956. Additionally, the company also designed and produced baseball's MVP Award, the Heisman Trophy, numerous sports trophies and figural pieces (including the famous series of "Spalding" baseball trophies issued in the 1920s), and the 1904 Olympic medals, not to mention countless custom orders for athletes. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $600
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