A. LANGE & SÖHNE, GLASHÜTTE/DRESDEN [朗格，格拉蘇蒂/德累斯頓] | A FINE GOLD HUNTING CASED MINUTE REPEATING KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH CERTIFICATE AND PRESENTATION BOX CIRCA 1883, NO. 16006 [黃金三問懷錶附證書及錶盒，年份約1883，編號16006]
A. LANGE & SÖHNE, GLASHÜTTE/DRESDEN
A FINE GOLD HUNTING CASED MINUTE REPEATING KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH CERTIFICATE AND PRESENTATION BOX
CIRCA 1883, NO. 16006
• Movement: 18''' cal. 41 gilded frosted ¾ plate, gold lever and escape wheel, bi-metallic compensation balance, 27 jewels, diamond-endstone, signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte bei Dresden, no. 16006
• Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer minute ring, sunken subsidiary seconds, blued steel spade hands, signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B/Dresden and numbered in red 16006
• Case: "Jurgens" 18ct gold, plain polished covers, polished gold cuvette, repeating slide to the band, case back and cuvette numbered 16006
• Presentation box: leather covered A. Lange & Söhne presentation case with numbered certificate, and spare spring
Accompanied by certificate of origin from the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum, Glashütte confirming the date of sale on 11 February 1883 to Comp. Dürrstein & Co., Dresden for 1,080 M.
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Movement running at time of cataloguing. Repeating work is loud and clear but its sometimes does not sound the quarters; the minutes however appear to be in sync. Hands setting smoothly.
Dial: with a few small scratches
Case: with signs of polishing and some light scuffs.
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Martin Huber, Die Uhren von A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte Sachsen, 1977, p. 178, table 53
Made in 1883, the present piece is the fourth ever recorded minute repeater produced by A. Lange & Söhne, see Martin Huber, Die Uhren von A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte Sachsen, 1977, p. 178.
Production of minute repeaters ran from 1880 through 1939. Considered the most sophisticated of the striking mechanisms, the user can tell the time without looking at the dial by operating a slide to the case band of the watch to hear it strike the time to the nearest minute.