Very scarce Hamilton “Piping Rock” men’s Art Deco design wristwatch in solid 14K yellow 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 allow the watch conform to the wrist profile. It was part of the first series of Hamilton "named" watches, which were named for well-known country clubs. 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 1929 and only 3,815 were produced in yellow gold. This example is in crisp, excellent condition showing only very light wear. It is one of the nicest Piping Rocks that I have ever offered. The black enamel is absolutely perfect with no marks. The center casebody still shows the subtle beveled edge. Hinged lugs are tight. Caseback is superb 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 $2,600. SOLD