Scarce Hamilton “Piping Rock” men’s Art Deco design presentation wristwatch in solid 14K white gold with black enamel bezel, circa 1930.
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 allow the watch to conform to the wrist profile. It 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 1930 and 5,981 were produced in 14K white gold. This example is in excellent condition showing only very light wear to the gold case. Enamel bezel is excellent and complete, with only some very tiny nicks and faint scratches. Caseback is excellent, with a presentation engraving. Case measures 43mm long and 29mm wide. Refinished inlaid enamel dial is superb. Has new glass crystal. The watch is powered by its correct 19-jewel Hamilton grade 979 manual wind movement, just serviced and running strong.