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.
This is a handsome SIGNED HYDE PARK WATCH CO. Swiss Watch, a men’s mechanical watch dating to the 1940s or very early 1950s. The watch has a silvered dial with Arabic numerals. The watch features a fine 17 Jewels AS 1430 movement. The silver dial is offset by the hands and raised hour markers which are gold; all looks clean and bright. We especially like the elongated Art Deco style number markers for all the numbers except the 12, 3, 6 and 9. The dial is signed HYDE PARK, INCABLOC, SWISS, and has the Hyde Park PSS symbol or logo of a P and S and an S shaped mainspring in-between.
The round case is a great design with straight sides and curved integral lugs, in nickel chrome plate. The nicely knurled crown is semi-protected by the straight side of the watch. There is slight brassing. The back is signed: Stainless steel back, Incabloc, Anti-magnetic, Water resistant.
The watch is furnished with a vintage and great looking stainless steel TWISTON flex type band.
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