Scarce Hamilton “Piping Rock” men’s Art Deco design wristwatch in solid 14K white gold with black enamel bezel, circa 1929.
Among the most recognizable and sought-after of the early Hamilton models, the “Piping Rock” has fantastic Art Deco stylized Roman numerals set in black enamel and articulated lugs that flex to make the watch more comfortable on the wrist. Considered by some to be the most beautiful American wristwatch every produced, it belongs in every serious Hamilton collection. The “Piping Rock” was named for the exclusive Piping Rock Club on Long Island, New York, which opened in 1912 and counted J.P. Morgan, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Averell Harriman, and other American business and social elite among its members. The watch was priced at $125.00 in 1929 and only 3,825 were produced in yellow. This example is in excellent condition showing only light wear to the gold case. Enamel bezel is excellent and complete, with only some minor nicks and scratches. Caseback is excellent and unengraved. Case measures 43mm long and 29mm wide. Original dial is very good, with a few light marks. Has new glass crystal. The watch is powered by its correct 19-jewel Hamilton grade 979 manual wind movement, just serviced and running strong.