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

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A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte
A FINE PINK GOLD HUNTING CASED KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH UP-AND-DOWN INDICATION CIRCA 1879, NO. 13272
Movement: 1a quality, cal. 42 damascened German silver ¾ plate, gold lever and escape wheel, bi-metallic compensation balance, diamond endstone, jewels carried in screwed gold chatons, signed and numbered A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte b/Dresden, 13272
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer minute ring, two sunken subsidiary dials for seconds and 30-hour power reserve, blued steel hands, signed  A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B/Dresden
Case: "Jurgens" 18ct pink gold, plain polished covers and gold cuvette, lever beneath bezel at 4 o'clock for hand-set, covers and cuvette with case maker's mark CWS for Charles William Schumann and numbered 13272
diameter 54.5mm
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Literature

Martin Huber, Die Uhren von A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte Sachsen, 1988, p. 167, table 8

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a certificate of origin from the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum, Glashütte confirming date of sale on 30th November 1879 to Charles William Schumann, New York for 145.-M.
Schumann bought only movements, dials and hands by Lange. The cases were produced in America.

A. Lange & Söhne patented their power-reserve indicator in 1879, making the present piece one of the first ever produced by the company with this mechanism. They produced two different types of the power reserve indication, that seen here, and one based on Otto Lange's patent of 1940. The  power reserve mechanism in the present lot is based on patent No. 9349 (see, Reinhard Meis, A. Lange & Söhne the Watchmakers of Dresden Vol II, 2012, pp. 192-194). While both use a planetary gear either between the centre-wheel and ratchet or between the ratchet and the barrel, the earlier version had the power-reserve train under the dial. Lange later installed it under the plates without increasing the height of the movement.  Other examples, including No. 13274 can be seen in Meis, op.cit. 192-194, figs. 608-619.

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

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Geneva