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Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer Rolex Watches Offered by Heritage Auctions, August 1

Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer Rolex Watches Offered by Heritage Auctions, August 1

The engraving on the back of the Rolex watch given to Jack Nicklaus after his victory at the 1980 U.S. Open.

Rosemont, Illinois (PRWEB) July 24, 2013

Gold Rolex wristwatches that belonged to renowned golf legends Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus will be offered by Heritage Auctions ( in conjunction with the National Sports Collectors Convention in the Chicago area on August 1, 2013.

“Both are Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date, 18 karat gold watches with matching concealed clasp President bracelet, Champagne stick dial and Roman numeral tracks for the hours,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Heritage Sports Collectibles.

“Palmer’s watch is circa 1971 and has his initials, ADP, on the back. Nicklaus’ watch is circa 1976 and the back of the watch is engraved, ‘1980 U.S. Open Champion.’ It was given to him after his amazing fifth and final U.S. Open victory in 1980 after he broke his own record at the famed Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey.”

Both watches are consigned by Orange County California real estate developer, former sports agent and avid golfer Dwight Manley. He acquired them at a 1995 fund-raising charity auction conducted in association with the U.S. Golf Association, and both watches are accompanied by certificates of authenticity issued at the time by U.S.G.A. and Golf Magazine.

“The Nicklaus watch is a wearable trophy of the world’s greatest golfer,” said Manley.

The Palmer watch has a pre-sale estimate of $ 15,000 or more, and the Nicklaus Rolex is estimated at $ 20,000 or more, according to Ivy.

The watches are among the highlights of a two-day auction of historic sports items by Heritage conducted August 1 and 2 in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois as part of the 34th annual National Sports Collectors Convention.

Additional information about the auction is available online at


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