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Lot No. 39
Estimate  22,000 - 35,000 €
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A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B/Dresden

, Movement No. 89613, Case No. 89613, Cal. 45, 55 mm, circa 1941

A unique fighter pilots navigation watch. The watch is specially manufactured in a silver case for the "Reichsminister der Luftfahrt", Herman Göring for 366 Reichsmark. It was sent to Berlin on March 5th, 1941. With Lange extract from the archives confirming the originality of the watch and oversized aviator's leather strap

Case: silver, push back with military engraving, back with engraved swastika, serial number (89613) and motto "Berlin". The inside of the lid with complete hallmarking and Lange & Söhne production note. Dial: black. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, indirect central seconds, nickel/steel "Guillaume" balance, blued helical hairspring with two terminal curves.

A very rare predecessor of the military version of Lange’s aviator’s watch, from a small series of only 189 pieces. The watches of this pre-production batch were still fitted with pocket watch movements and updated with an indirect-second mechanism. There is proof that some few examples were delivered in a silver case. Because of the unusual engraving on the back, we assume that this timepiece was given as a gift to an important person or a deserving military pilot.
Case: very good
Dial: very good, oxydized
Movm.: very good, capable of running, cleaning recommended

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