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Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashütte

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A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte
AN EXTREMELY FINE PINK GOLD HUNTING CASED KEYLESS LEVER DOUBLE CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH REGISTER CIRCA 1905, NO.42624
Movement: 1a quality, 19''' cal. 43 gilded ¾ plate, gold lever and escape wheel, bi-metallic compensation balance, decoratively engraved balance cock, precision swan-neck regulation, diamond endstone, some jewels carried in screwed gold chatons, chronograph/split mechanism partially visible to the backplate, numbered 42624
Dial: white enamel, Arabic numerals with minute ring above and red Arabic 5-minute markers, outer chronograph track calibrated for fifths, sunken centre and two sunken subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30-minute register, gold Louis XV style hands, one gold and one blued split seconds hands, signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B/Dresden
Case: "Lucia" 18ct pink gold, polished covers, the front with monogram, single chronograph pusher to case side for start/split/stop/reset, slide for hand-set beneath the bezel at 4 o'clock, plain polished gold cuvette, covers and cuvette signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte, back cover and cuvette numbered 42624, front cover numbered 24
diameter 57mm
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Provenance

Dr. H. Crott Auktionen, A. Lange & Söhne Glashütter Uhren, 27 April 1991, lot 135

Literature

Martin Huber, Die Uhren von A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte Sachsen, 1988, p.174, table 35
Martin Huber, Die Lange Liste, 2000, pp. 160-161, table 46
Reinhard Meis, A. Lange & Söhne Watchmakers of Dresden Vol II, 2012, p.240, figs.778-781

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a certificate of origin from the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum, Glashütte confirming the date of sale on 6th July 1905 to H. Keim, Bad Ems for 1,027.65-M. 

The chronograph mechanism is controlled by a single crown to the case side - the first depression starts the chronograph running, the second splits the hands (stopping the first of the chronograph hands whilst the other continues to run) the third depression stops the chronograph and the fourth resets both hands to the 12 o'clock/'0' position.  This differs from the split second chronograph, which can take intermediary seconds.

The present lot, No. 42624 is a part of a series of approximately 35 double chronographs produced between 1886 and 1918.

Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashütte

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Geneva