Piping Rock

The Hamilton Piping Rock is a true icon of American watchmaking. Hailing from Lancaster, Pennsylvania this timepiece represented the craftsmanship of Hamilton's watchmaking prowess during the company's short stay on American soil. To the untrained eye the Piping Rock is just an oddly looking timepiece, but there is so much more to it. This Hamilton is packed with historical significance. Starting from the technical aspect of the timepiece. Hamilton was known for producing all its movements in-house. The case and bezel detailing pay homage to the Art Deco movement influencing the United States at the time. The Piping Rock is also significantly important to baseball historians and aficionados. On opening day of the 1929 season the "Murder Squad" (the best New York Yankees squad) received Piping Rocks especially commissioned by Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, baseball's first commissioner. On August 2014, Lou Gehrig's Piping Rock sold for $340,200 in auction. Vintage timepiece collectors and baseball memorabilia collectors are still on the hunt for Babe Ruth's Piping Rock. 

About the Brand

The Hamilton Watch Company was founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892. In 1912 Hamilton released the most accurate and reliable pocket watch of the time. This timepiece was extremely popular amongst railroad workers and conductors because it allowed them to keep accurate schedules. The timepiece was late referred to as "the watch of Railroad accuracy". Their newfound success with this pocket watch earned them a very big costumer, The United States Armed Forces. During WWII Hamilton ceased the production of civilian timepieces and focused solely on military horology. After the war Hamilton revamped its production of civilian timepieces and quickly became one of the most renowned timepiece manufacturer in the world.

Technical Specs

Hamilton Piping Rock

Year:  1930

Movement: Hamilton 979 Manual

Case Size: 14K White Gold

Case Material: 28 mm

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