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    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 25

    A. Lange & Söhne. A fine and rare limited edition platinum astronomical wristwatch

    SIGNED A. LANGE & SÖHNE, GLASHÜTTE I/SA, 1815 MOONPHASE MODEL, HOMMAGE À EMIL LANGE 1849-1922, NO. 76/150, REF. 231.035, MOVEMENT NO. 14'162, CASE NO. 124'326, MANUFACTURED IN 1999

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    A. Lange & Söhne. A fine and rare limited edition platinum astronomical wristwatch
    Signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte I/SA, 1815 Moonphase model, Hommage à Emil Lange 1849-1922, no. 76/150, ref. 231.035, movement no. 14'162, case no. 124'326, manufactured in 1999
    Cal. L943.1 gilt-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, black dial, applied round, star-shaped and Arabic numerals, eccentric constant seconds at 4 o'clock, aperture for moon phases and representation of the Big Dipper constellation at 8 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 certificate dated 31 May 2000 and stamped Wempe, setting pin, operating instructions and original fitted black presentation box.

    The 1815 Moonphase model was created to celebrate Emil Lange's 150th birthday in 1999. It was made in a limited series of 150 examples in platinum and 250 in pink gold and produced between 1999 and 2000.

    Seven gold appliques represent the Big Dipper constellation, one of the most distinctive asterisms in the sky. Mizar and Alcor are portrayed in the middle of the Big Dipper's handle. Since Alcor is so small, the ability to distinguish the two stars was held as a measure of good vision in medieval times.

    The moon position is automatically adjusted twice a day and will deviate from the moon's actual orbit by only one day after 386'435 days or 1058 years of uninterrupted operation.