A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte/SA, Movement No. 82002, Case No. 82002, 61 mm, 216 g, circa 1920
A heavy and as new astronomical gold hunting case minute repeating pocket watch, split seconds chronograph with 30 min. counter, perpetual calendar and moon phase, sold on 5/21/1920 to W. Ganssen jewellers, Coburg for 35000 Marks - with Lange extract from the archives Case: 18K gold, gold dome, glazed movement, tiered case, case design Louis XV à goutte, slide for repeating mechanism, two pushers for split seconds chronograph, large 5-part lateral hinge. Dial: enamel, seven-piece, Arabic "Empire" numerals, red minutes, outer five minute divisions, sunk auxiliary seconds, sunk centre, inlaid scales for day-, date-, month- and leap year-indication, cobalt blue enamelled golden moon phase disc with inlaid gold moon and stars, gold Louis XV hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, gold-chatoned, rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, gold lever and gold escape wheel, mirror polished and bevelled scissor-shaped double hand tongs with separate ratchet wheel for double chronograph, mirror polished screws, index spring fine adjusting device, gold screw compensation balance, balance cock lavishly engraved with stylized foliage, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.
Only 15 of these highly intricate watches were ever produced by Lange & Söhne. This watch is the last but two, and stands out particularly because of its unique excellent preservation.
Lit.: "Die Lange-Liste" by Martin Huber, Munich 2000, page 218.
Estimate 200,000 - 300,000 €
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