Scarce Hamilton “Piping Rock” men's Art Deco design wristwatch in solid 14K yellow gold, circa 1928.
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 ever 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 1928. This example is in excellent condition showing light to moderate wear to the case and bezel numerals. Enamel bezel is very good, with some small chips and light scratches. Caseback is excellent and unengraved. Case measures 43mm long and 29mm wide. Dial is excellent, with some slight patina and faint 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.