Karl Noonan’s Wristwatch Marking the 25th Anniversary of the Dolphins’ Perfect Season.
Lot 246. Karl Noonan’s Wristwatch Marking the 25th Anniversary of the Dolphins’ Perfect Season. Led by coach Don Shula and such players as Earl Morrall, Bob Griese and Larry Csonka, the 1972 Miami Dolphins became – and remain – the only NFL team to navigate the regular season and playoffs unbeaten and then win the Super Bowl. Their 14-7 victory in Super Bowl VII was their 17th of the season. In 1997, members of the 1972 team received Tourneau watches to commemorate the season of perfection. Noonan was an original Dolphin, joining the AFL team out of the University of Iowa in 1966 and then competing in the NFL in 1970 and 1971. Injured in the 1972 preseason, he sat out the entire year. The faceplate of Noonan’s watch has the Dolphins’ logo encircled by “Twenty-fifth Anniversary 1972,” “17-0” within a football shape at the top and “Perfect Season” on a banner at the bottom. Noonan’s name, uniform number and position are engraved on the back. The watch is nm-m, apparently unused and seems to need a new battery to work. It is housed in a wood case. We have not seen another of these watches available to the public. Winning Bid $185.