Lot 28
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A. LANGE & SÖHNE, GLASHÜTTE | A RARE GOLD QUARTER REPEATING KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH DEAD CENTRE SECONDS, THE SECONDS WITH STOP/START PUSHER, THE GOLD CASE LATER PURPOSE BUILT IN THE STYLE OF A. LANGE & SÖHNEMOVEMENT CIRCA 1890 NO. 28592, CASE CIRCA 1980

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10,000 - 15,000 CHF
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Description

  • A RARE GOLD QUARTER REPEATING KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH DEAD CENTRE SECONDS, THE SECONDS WITH STOP/START PUSHER, THE GOLD CASE LATER PURPOSE BUILT IN THE STYLE OF A. LANGE & SÖHNEMOVEMENT CIRCA 1890 NO. 28592, CASE CIRCA 1980
  • diameter 58mm
• Movement: 1a quality, cal. 43 gilded ½ plate, lever escapement, gold lever and escape wheel, bi-metallic compensation balance, decoratively engraved balance cock, diamond endstone, precision swan-neck regulation, the dead seconds work mounted and visible to the backplate, some jewels carried in gold screwed chatons, polished steel hammers repeating on coiled gongs, signed and numbered A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte bei Dresden, no.28592  • Dial: white enamel, Arabic numerals, outer minute ring with red Arabic numeral five-minute divisions above, gold Louis XV style hands, gold dead centre seconds hand, signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B/Dresden• Case: later pink gold, custom made in the style of a Lange & Söhne "Louis XV" case, polished covers with stepped bezels, plain polished gold cuvette, the pusher to the crown activating the start/stop of the centre seconds whilst the cover is open, repeating slide to the band, lever for hand-set beneath bezel at 2 o'clock

Literature

Martin Huber, Die Uhren von A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte Sachsen, 1988, p. 177, table 44
Kurt Herkner, Glashütte und Seiner Uhren, 1988, pp. 114-116, figs. 67-67a
Martin Huber, Die Lange Liste, p. 185, table 53
Reinhard Meis, A. Lange & Söhne Watchmakers of Dresden vol II, 2012, p. 256 figs. 838-839

Catalogue Note

The archives held at the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum, Glashütte, confirm the date of sale on 23rd December 1890 to C. Jupitz, Berlin, the archives further note that the orignial case was of "Louis XV" design. Lange & Söhne made only six examples of a quarter repeater with dead seconds.  Production of this complication began in 1878 and finished in 1910 (see Reinhard Meis, A. Lange & Söhne Watchmakers of Dresden Vol II, 2012, p. 256). The present piece contains the second iteration of the dead-seconds complication, where the mechanism resided at the top of the three-quarter plate, and could be driven from the third wheel via a train.

The gold case is a high quality custom made replacement - its construction has been carefully and expertly devised to incorporate the complex case functions: the pusher within the crown both opens the case as well starting and stopping the centre seconds whilst the cover is open. The case also has to accommodate the repeating slide and lever that allows the hands to be adjusted.

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