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

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A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte
A FINE GOLD HUNTING CASED MINUTE REPEATING KEYLESS LEVER WATCH CIRCA 1889, NO. 28337
Movement: 1a quality, 19''' cal. 43 decoratively engraved German silver ¾ plate, gold lever, some jewels carried in screwed gold chatons, bi-metallic compensation balance, balance cock with decorative gilt engraving, swan-neck regulation, diamond end-stone, two polished steel hammers repeating on coiled gongs, movement signed and numbered A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B Dresden, 28337 
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, black outer minute ring, blued steel hands, sunken subsidiary seconds, signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B/Dresden and numbered in red 28337
Case: "Bassine" 18ct gold with engine-turned covers, the front with monogrammed central cartouche, polished gold monogrammed cuvette, lever for hand-set beneath bezel at 4 o'clock, covers and cuvette signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B/Dresden, back cover and cuvette numbered no.28337, front cover numbered 37

diameter 55mm
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Literature

Martin Huber, Die Uhren von A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte Sachsen, 1988, p.179 table 53
Martin Huber, Die Lange Liste, pp. 196-197, table 62 

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a certificate of origin from the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum, Glashütte confirming the date of sale on 26th August 1889 to Dürrstein & Co., Dresden for 1106. -M . "Bassine" case design.

The present lot, made in 1889, is one of the earliest minute repeaters produced by the company. Production of minute repeaters began in 1880 and ended in 1939.  Considered the most sophisticated of the striking mechanisms, the user can operate a slide to the case band of the watch to hear it strike the time to the nearest minute, without having to look at the dial.

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

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Geneva