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Details & Cataloguing

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

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A. Lange & Co., Dresden
AN EARLY SILVER OPEN-FACED KEYWOUND LEVER WATCH CIRCA 1849
Movement: gilded, asymmetrically-shaped central bridge, large ratchet wheel, club tooth escape wheel, bi-metallic compensation balance, signed A. Lange & Co., Dresden
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, blued steel hands
Case: silver, polished back, plain polished cuvette with apertures for winding and handset, case back and cuvette numbered 301
diameter 50mm
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Literature

Reinhard Meis, A. Lange & Söhne The Watchmakers of Dresden, Vol. 2, p. 47, pl. 109 Munich, 2012.

Catalogue Note

No. 301 is a rare example of one of Adolf Lange's earliest watches. For a description of this early movement see Meis, R., A. Lange & Söhne The Watchmakers of Dresden, Vol. 2, p. 47, pl. 109.

Lange began production in 1848 and promised 500 pieces per year.  He underestimated the challenges that would come with training several apprentices, and consequently production was much slower than intended.  The firm built only 17 pieces in 1848, 92 in 1849, 135 pieces in 1850, and 186 pieces in 1851. 

For images and descriptions of various incarnations of early Adolf Lange key-wound watches, see op.cit., pp. 40-47, pls. 83-111.

 

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

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Geneva