Lot # 729: VINCE LOMBARDI'S 9/25/1968 GEORGE HALAS NIGHT PATEK PHILIPPE WRISTWATCH PRESENTED BY CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOC. (LOMBARDI COLLECTION)

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Item was in Auction "Winter Premier Auction 2017",
which ran from 1/4/2017 1:00 PM to
1/21/2017 8:00 PM



Nobody owned the football world during the 1960's quite like Green Bay Packers Head Coach Vince Lombardi. After arriving in Wisconsin in 1959, Lombardi quickly transformed the Packers into perennial contenders and repeat champions. Using Lombardi's regimented game plan, the Packers won the NFL championship in both 1961 and ’62, defeating New York Giants--where he served as offensive coordinator just a few years earlier--in both title games. The back-to-back victories marked the first two of what would be five titles in a seven-year span for Lombardi. During his 9-year tenure, he led the team to a 98-30-4 record, three straight NFL titles from 1965 to '67, and the first two Super Bowl crowns in '66 and '67.

Presented here is an exquisite Patek Philippe wristwatch issued to Vince Lombardi on September 28, 1968 for George Halas Night event held by the Chicago Athletic Association. The man who played, coached and owned the Chicago Bears, Halas is a legend in his own right. His former player, Ditka, summed up their storied rivalry best. "Believe me, Coach Halas loved to beat the Packers...Every year, we had to play them twice, and those were the most important games of the year to him. [He] had tremendous respect for Vince Lombardi. There may not have been any love lost with Curly Lambeau, but he had great respect for Lombardi and the Packers organization."

In 1968, the two bitter rivals split the two games, with Green Bay winning the first, 13-10, and Chicago taking the second on the final game of the season, 28-27. Neither team advanced to the postseason. Halas had relinquished his head coaching duties a year earlier and was simply the owner in '68. The glass-covered face (3.5 cm diameter) of this elegant watch with numbered hands reads "PATEK PHILIPPE GENEVE" to denote the premium Swiss brand. The rim and back are made of a fine metal believed to be gold-plated, although no indicator of composition is present. The inscription on the back reads: "To Vince Lombardi  In Appreciation  Chicago Athletic Association  George Halas Night  9-25-68." The watch is self-winding and is not currently running (just needs a battery). The brown alligator skin band is intact and essentially problem-free aside from minor rusting on the metallic buckle and evident wear from use. Overall, the watch presents in NM overall condition with a very clean, scratch-less glass face. Watches by Patek alone are collector's items, let alone one worn by one of the greatest names in the sport of football.

Comes directly from the Lombardi family with a letter signed by his son, Vince Lombardi Jr.