A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte B/Dresden, Movement No. 45235, Case No. 45235, 57 mm, 167 g, circa 1905
A gentleman's rare and heavy Glashuette pocket watch with 52.5 minute carousel regulator - with extract from the archives of the watch museum Glashuette Case: 18k gold. Dial: enamel. Movm.: 2/3 plate movement, "D.R.G.M. 121267", gold screw compensation balance.
Reinhard Reichel, director of the watch museum Glashuette, observes: "We know of four watches with carousels by A. Lange & Söhne, which are not accounted for in any of the sales records. This is without doubt an A. Lange & Söhne carousel watch".
During our 85th auction we sold one of the four known carrousel watches by A. Lange & Söhne as lot 25 - even then there were no records found in the Lange sales books, as confirmed at the time by the director of the Glashütte watch museum, Reinhard Reichel.
A nearly identical carousel watch (no. 45288) is illustrated and described in "A. Lange & Söhne" by Reinhard Meis, Munich 2011, p. 180ff.
Regleur Kurt Herkner’s confidence in carousel watches: "Carousel watches were created by different makers mainly in England and featured small and light balances. The test results, however, were no better than that of the usual Glashütte pocket watches. The Lange carousel watches used larger Glashütte balances with a 16 mm diameter, a size that was just possible in this kind of construction. These watches performed much better than the usual Glashütte lever watches. The large oscillation of the heavy balance inspired immediate confidence in the regleurs and make them feel that the construction was easy to regulate. [...] All individual parts must be produced with great skill and have to be of superior quality to ensure that the interaction between the parts works well and reliably and can be regulated easily for many years. Only watches fitted with a tourbillon are capable of out-performing the Lange watches of this type". Source: Kurt Herkner "Glashütte und seine Uhren", pages 102, 105.
Estimate 25,000 - 30,000 €
Price Realised 34,800 €
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