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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 24

    A. Lange & Söhne. A fine and rare platinum limited edition wristwatch with eccentric subsidiary seconds, made for the 125th anniversary of Wempe

    SIGNED A. LANGE & SÖHNE, GLASHÜTTE I/SA, 1815 SIDESTEP MODEL, NO. 22/50, WEMPE 125 JAHRE, 1878-2003, REF. 151.022, MOVEMENT NO. 41'002, CASE NO. 151'022, MANUFACTURED IN 2003

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    A. Lange & Söhne. A fine and rare platinum limited edition wristwatch with eccentric subsidiary seconds, made for the 125th anniversary of Wempe
    Signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte I/SA, 1815 Sidestep Model, no. 22/50, Wempe 125 Jahre, 1878-2003, ref. 151.022, movement no. 41'002, case no. 151'022, manufactured in 2003
    Cal. L944.1 finely hand-engraved three-quarter plate gilt-finished lever movement, 21 jewels, screwed gold chatons, swan neck regulator, black matte dial, white Arabic numerals, outer railway minute divisions, eccentric silvered engine-turned subsidiary seconds to 4 o'clock, circular case, glazed display back secured by six screws, platinum A. Lange & Söhne buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.


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    With A. Lange & Söhne guarantee booklet and international guarantee card dated 31 May 2003 and stamped by Wempe, Bremen, 1815 Sidestep operating instructions and cleaning cloth. Furthermore delivered with the original fitted black leather presentation box with commemorative metal plaque engraved Wempe, Limitierte Edition in Platin, 22/50, A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte I/SA and outer packaging.

    The present watch is number 22 of a limited series of only 50 examples in platinum of the "1815 Sidestep", made in 2003 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Wempe.

    The silver gilt calibre L944.1 movements were especially made and hand-decorated for this model.

    Wempe
    Founded in 1878 by Gerhard Diederich Wilhelm Wempe in Elsfleth, Germany, the firm has always been a family enterprise, designing and retailing superior quality jewellery, watches and clocks. At present managed by third and fourth generation members Hellmut and Kim-Eva Wempe, the firm has branches throughout Europe and in New York.