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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 402

    A. Lange & Söhne. An extremely rare and large silver prototype aviator's wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, hack feature and black dial

    SIGNED A. LANGE & SÖHNE, NO. 210010, CIRCA 1940

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    A. Lange & Söhne. An extremely rare and large silver prototype aviator's wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, hack feature and black dial
    Signed A. Lange & Söhne, no. 210010, circa 1940
    Cal. 48 three quarter plate gilt-finished lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, the black dial with luminous Roman numerals, luminous hands, outer ring calibrated for 60 seconds, inner ring calibrated for mirrored seconds from 0 to 60, in large circular case with snap on back, large crown, case and movement signed and numbered
    65 mm. diam.


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    The present watch is from an exceedingly small series of observation watches ordered for a special unit of Germany's armed forces, fitted with larger cases, calibre 48 movement and with a different dial layout than the standard issues (see lot 399 in this auction). For photographic purposes the seconds scale was mirror-inverted. Following the first prototypes cased in silver, Lange was to supply 10 examples with nickel-brass cases each month. It is thought that only an exceedingly small number of these prototypes in silver cases were made, rendering this watch a truly rare find.

    The models are explained and illustrated in A. Lange & Söhne - eine Uhrmacher-Dynastie aus Dresden by Reinhard Meis, pp. 220 & 221 and Military Timepieces by Konrad Knirim, p. 452.

    Provenance

    Formerly in the Mel Blanc Collection