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    A pristine example of this rare Championship hardware

    1938 New York Yankees World Championship Pocket Watch Presented to Spurgeon "Spud" Chandler. After a promising 1937 rookie season that saw the Georgia native record eighty-two innings of work, Chandler more than doubled his production in 1938, recording fourteen of the Yankees' ninety-nine regular season victories to cruise to the team's third consecutive American League pennant. A subsequent four-game Fall Classic sweep of the National League Champion Chicago Cubs set the artisans at the Hamilton Watch Company to work in the creation of the presented artifact, a gorgeous timepiece commemorating the third of four consecutive World Championship seasons in the Bronx.

    The design is identical to that delivered at the close of the 1937 season, an example of which appears within "The Charles "Red" Ruffing Collection" of this Platinum Night auction. "New York Yankees 1938" is imprinted on the white dial, with "World Champs" applied in gold lettering as hour markers. Player attribution appears on case verso with engraving that reads, "Presented by Baseball Commissioner to Spurgeon Chandler."

    It would appear that the watch was never used, as it presents in truly pristine condition inside its original hinged bakelite display case. The crown does not presently turn, thus disabling the watch function, but we suspect that this would be a simple fix for a trained horologist. Watch measures 1.75" in diameter. Letter of provenance from the Chandler family.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2015
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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