Lot 13 of #PhillipsGameChangers (for obvious reasons!) - On Friday 13 April, 1962, thirteen U.S. Senators gathered at the Anti-Superstition Society in Chicago to present the first American to orbit Earth with a special @jaegerlecoultre LeCoultre wristwatch fitted with a custom-made silvered, non-luminous dial, commemorating his spacecraft capsule number 13. Senator Everett Dirksen, of Illinois, in presenting the watch said, “Colonel, this is a beautiful and excellent watch but I ask you to take a little look at the dial. Instead of the customary numerals on the dial, there are all thirteens on the dial and it is a very good watch. And Colonel, it is inscribed to you by the Anti-Superstition Society of Chicago.” This meeting of the Anti-Superstition Society of Chicago was entered in the House Congressional Record on October 13th, 1962. Collectors rejoice when a watch comes with documentation and a backstory – but rarely does it ever come with a Congressional record of its delivery. The astronaut’s acceptance speech, also in the record, goes on to thank the group for their gif of such a lovely watch, and express how he has embraced the number 13 as lucky for him personally. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this watch will be donated to The John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. Learn more about this extraordinary find, browse the GAME CHANGERS catalogue and register for the sale by visiting our website. Link in bio.