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

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A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte
A SILVER OPEN-FACED DECK WATCH WITH UP-AND-DOWN INDICATION CIRCA 1944, NO.204286
Movement: cal. 48 frosted gilded, lever escapement, bi-metallic compensation balance, swan-neck precision regulation, signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte i. Sa., no.204286, polished cuvette signed, numbered and engraved "Werk: A. Lange & Söhne Nr. 204286: fertiggestellt Andreas Huber, München-Berlin"
Dial: silvered, black Arabic numerals, two large engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and up-and-down indication
Case: "Lucia" plain polished silver, the inside back numbered 204286
diameter 59mm
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Provenance

German Naval Observatory, Hamburg

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a certificate of origin from the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum, Glashütte confirming the date of sale on 17th February 1944 to German Naval Observatory (Navy) Hamburg, District Office Gesundbrunnen. 

The Calibre 48 deck watch enjoyed a long production period from 1937 to 1971 due to its benefits for navigation.  The Cal. 48 performed extremely accurately, departing by less than a second per day.  The present lot is part of a group of watches manufactured between 1940 and 1945, all of which had unsigned dials.

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

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Geneva