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A. Lange & Söhne, Deutsche Uhrenfabrikation, Glashütte
A PINK GOLD OPEN-FACED KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH 24-HOUR DIAL, ORIGINAL BOX AND SPARE 24-HOUR DIAL CIRCA 1904 NO. 56035
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A. Lange & Söhne, Deutsche Uhrenfabrikation, Glashütte
A PINK GOLD OPEN-FACED KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH 24-HOUR DIAL, ORIGINAL BOX AND SPARE 24-HOUR DIAL CIRCA 1904 NO. 56035
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Details & Cataloguing

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

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A. Lange & Söhne, Deutsche Uhrenfabrikation, Glashütte
A PINK GOLD OPEN-FACED KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH 24-HOUR DIAL, ORIGINAL BOX AND SPARE 24-HOUR DIAL CIRCA 1904 NO. 56035
Movement: 2nd quality, 19''' cal. 43 gilded ¾ plate, gold lever and escape wheel, bi-metallic compensation balance, ruby endstone, swan-neck regulation, signed and numbered Deutsche Uhrenfabrikation, Glashütte no.56035  
Dial: white enamel, Arabic numerals for 24-hours, outer minute track with Arabic 5-minute markers, signed Deutsche Uhrenfabrikation, Glashütte I/b, A. Lange & Söhne
Case: "Lucia" 14ct pink gold, engine-turned back centred with a blank circular cartouche, polished bezel, plain polished gold cuvette, cuvette and cover signed and numbered A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte, 56035 
Accompaniments: spare 24-hour dial (with hairline crack), Arabic 24-hour numerals, outer minute track, signed Deutsche Uhrenfabrikation, Glashütte I/b, A. Lange & Söhne,  with A. Lange & Söhne presentation case and numbered certificate, spare glass
diameter 51mm
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Bibliographie


Reinhard Meis, A. Lange & Söhne, The Watchmakers of Dresden, 1997, p. 231 figs. 606-607
Reinhard Meis, A. Lange & Söhne, The Watchmakers of Dresden Vol II, 2012, p. 201 figs. 644-645
Martin Huber, Die Lange Liste, 2000, p. 113, table 25

Description

Accompanied by a certificate of origin from the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum, Glashütte confirming the date of sale on 20th December 1904 to Giovanni Eckert, Triest for 306.-M. 

Lange began manufacturing watches with 24-hour dials in 1860.  The rapid spread of railway travel and the corresponding use of 24 hour timetables led to a rise in popularity in watches which could also distinguish between A.M. and P.M.  While some watches displayed the hours 1 through 12 and 13 through 24 in concentric dials, the present lot displays the 24 hours consecutively in one chapter ring.
 
A. Lange & Söhne developed DUF (Deutsche Uhrenfabrikation) watches with the Dresden company Dürrstein & Co. to create a more accessible, but still precise watch for consumers.  The present lot is typical of DUF watches, including the signature on the dial as well as the 14 ct. gold case.  DUF watches mainly differentiated from ALS-branded watches in that their jewels did not have the screwed bushings in gold, and were only adjusted to three positions rather than five.  Their movements were also slightly more plain and contained a ruby endstone instead of the typical diamond.

According to our research, the firm produced only nine of these watches, of which only three have ever been offered at auction.

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

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