This vintage Korean War, 1950's HYDEPARK, Swiss men's wristwatch from "The Forgotten War" is a rare timepiece that would be a welcome addition to your watch collection or an excellent beginning of one.
It features a chrome over brass case that measures 30.1 or 1.19" across, excluding gold cushion crown and lugs and surrounds a very well preserved soft butter yellow dial that contrasts beautifully against bright gold hour and minute hands, gold center sweep, raised gold numbers and markers, and black outer chapter.
The Swiss manual wind 17 jewel, manual wind incabloc movement is running well and keeping good time.
It has a screw-down back, and matched with a lightly used black, genuine leather 2-piece strap with gold buckle.
STOCK CODE: H-104
ABOUT THE BRAND:
HYDE PARK was an American import name and part of the Emil Leichter Watch Company, Inc. in NY, NY. The Emil Leichter Co. was founded in 1943 by Emil Leichter (1901-1978), and was in business in the 1950s and 1960s and beyond at 551 Fifth Ave. NY. Leichter came to the USA from Bukovina, Ukraine. They had at least 19 different brands that they either owned or represented including: Aquatite, Hyde Park, Longeau, Glycine, Paul Garnier, Jean Piquet, Charles Bonnet, Bob Steele, Cardinal, Davida, Laurel and Packard. When you look at the movement of most of these brands made in the 1940s-1960s, it should have a Hyde Park signed movement. The import mark LOE was used by or with Delbana, Hydepark, Emil Leichter, Packard and Enicar; this list mixes brands, Emil Leichter was the importer. When new, Hyde Park watches ranged in price from $24.99 to $1,000.00, according to their 1950s magazine advertising. Some of their movements (notably in their “Davida” line) were made made by Alb(ert) Grossenbacher, Manufacture d’Horlogerie, Grenchen, Swiss; a small respectable Swiss firm; they made movements or wristwatches for the US Army, also. For many years, Hyde Park watches served as the house brand of Fliegauf Jewelers in Washington, NJ., so if you find a Fliegauf watch, it normally will have a Swiss Made Hyde Park movement inside.
“The Watch That Times America’s Test Pilots” was the Hyde Park Watch slogan.
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