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A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte
AN EXCEPTIONAL AND VERY RARE SILVER OPEN-FACED KEYLESS 1A QUALITY ONE MINUTE TOURBILLON WATCH WITH SPRING DETENT CHRONOMETER ESCAPEMENT AND UP-AND-DOWN INDICATION  CIRCA 1924, NO. 82013
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A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte
AN EXCEPTIONAL AND VERY RARE SILVER OPEN-FACED KEYLESS 1A QUALITY ONE MINUTE TOURBILLON WATCH WITH SPRING DETENT CHRONOMETER ESCAPEMENT AND UP-AND-DOWN INDICATION  CIRCA 1924, NO. 82013
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Details & Cataloguing

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

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A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte
AN EXCEPTIONAL AND VERY RARE SILVER OPEN-FACED KEYLESS 1A QUALITY ONE MINUTE TOURBILLON WATCH WITH SPRING DETENT CHRONOMETER ESCAPEMENT AND UP-AND-DOWN INDICATION  CIRCA 1924, NO. 82013
Movement: 1a quality, cal. 47 damascened German silver ⅔ plate movement, the spring detent chronometer escapement mounted within a one-minute tourbillon carriage, gold escape wheel, some jewels carried in gold screwed chatons, fusee and chain, bi-metallic compensation balance, diamond endstone, signed and numbered A. Lange & Söhne b, Dresden, no. 82013
Dial: light grey silvered dial, raised gilded baton hour indexes, two subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30-hour up-and-down indication, blued steel feuille hands, black outer minute track
Case: "Bassine" silver case, gold capped crown and hinges, case signed A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte, case and cuvette numbered 82013
diameter 59mm
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Provenance

Dr. Crott & Schmelzer, Auktion XVI Aachen, 25 April 1981 (front cover) lot 86

Literature

Martin Huber, Die Uhren von A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte Sachsen, 1988, p.116 col. pl. 91
Martin Huber, Die Lange Liste, p. 105, table 21
Reinhard Meis, A. Lange & Söhne Watchmakers of Dresden, 2012, p.190, figs.600-604
Rheinhard Meis, Das Tourbillon, 1986, pp.240-241, p.349 , fig.304-308.

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a certificate of origin from the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum, Glashütte confirming the date of sale on 6th August 1924 to Diplom-Ingenieur Friedrich Schulz, Hannover for 1800 Goldmarks. 

The present watch no. 82013, produced in 1924, is one of only 12 tourbillons made by A. Lange & Söhne.  Of those 12, only six have been offered at auction to the best of our knowledge. It took about three years to create each tourbillon watch. Of the twelve produced, only seven were built with up-down indication, as seen on the present piece. The raised gold hour markers also differentiate this piece from the others in its series. It is interesting to note that tourbillon No. 82014, also silver-cased, is in the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum Glashütte collection.

A. Lange & Söhne started production of tourbillon movements relatively late and likely drew inspiration in the carriage design from Girard Perregaux, see Reinhard Meis, A. Lange & Söhne Watchmakers of Dresden, Vol.II, 2012, p. 184. According to Fridolin Stübner's notes, tourbillons were the first watches he built for Lange. Stübner was an exceptional chronometer maker who had worked for Dürrstein & Co before becoming a director at the Lange firm.  

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

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