Very scarce Hamilton “Piping Rock” men’s Art Deco design wristwatch in solid 14K white gold with black enamel bezel, 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 allow the watch to conform to the wrist profile. It was part of the first series of Hamilton "named" watches, which were named for well-known country clubs. 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 and only 5,981 were produced in white gold. This example is in excellent condition showing only very light wear to the gold case. The black enamel is very good with some shallow flaking near 12 o'clock, but no serious chips or scratches. Hinged lugs are tight. Caseback is excellent and unengraved. Case measures 43mm long and 29mm wide. Original inlaid enamel dial is excellent. Has new glass crystal. The watch is powered by its correct 19-jewel Hamilton grade 979 manual wind movement, just serviced and running strong.

Price $1,950.