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

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A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte
A VERY FINE PINK GOLD SELF-WINDING HUNTING CASED LEVER WATCH WITH UP-AND-DOWN INDICATION CIRCA 1895 NO. 31505
Movement: 1a quality, 19''' cal. 43 damascened German silver ¾ plate, gold lever and escape wheel, some jewels carried in screwed gold chatons, bi-metallic compensation balance, diamond endstone, swan-neck regulation, the pivoted automatic weight with spring mounted to the backplate, signed and numbered A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte, no.31505
Dial: white enamel, Arabic numerals, outer minute ring with Arabic five-minute markers, two sunken subsidiary dials for power reserve and seconds, gold filigree hour and minute hands, signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte b/ Dresden
Case: "Lucia" 18ct pink gold, plain polished covers, polished gold cuvette, slide to edge of bezel at 2 o'clock to select manual winding via the crown, all covers signed  A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte b/ Dresden, case back and cuvette numbered 31505, case front numbered 5
diameter 54mm
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Literature

Martin Huber, Die Uhren von A. Lange & Söhne, 1988, p. 169, table 19
Martin Huber, Die Lange Liste, 2000, pp. 127-128, table 36
Reinhard Meis, A. Lange & Söhne, The Watchmakers of Dresden Vol II, 2012, p. 214 figs. 690-691

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a certificate from the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum, Glashütte confirming the date of sale on 17th September 1895 to Comp. Gottfried Dohmen, Dusseldorf for 625.-M.

The present watch is an excellent early example from Lange's series of self-winding watches. In total, Lange & Söhne produced approximately 38 self-winding watches between 1891-1920. This production number includes pieces that were made with or without date, see M. Huber, Die Uhren von A. Lange & Söhne, p.169, table 19.

While "self-winding" watches were made as early as 1800, most notably by Breguet, Lange decided to base their design upon the movement patented by the Dresden company, Dürrstein & Co.  To the best of our knowledge, less than ten have been offered at auction.  

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

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Geneva