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    Sale 2627

    Important Watches

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 3382

    A. LANGE & SÖHNE, "RICHARD LANGE"

    PLATINUM MANUAL-WINDING OBSERVATION WRISTWATCH

    CASE 166499, CIRCA 2006

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    A. LANGE & SÖHNE, "RICHARD LANGE"

    PLATINUM MANUAL-WINDING OBSERVATION WRISTWATCH
    CASE 166499, CIRCA 2006

    Calibre L041.2, Glashütte three-quarter plate in untreated silver, 26 jewels, screwed gold chatons, balance with poising weights, matte solid silver dial with raised numerals, outer one-fifth minute divisions, sweep centre seconds, three-part case, polished and satined, display back fastened by six screws, platinum Lange buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    Diameter: 41 mm.


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    US$16,000-20,000
    EUR12,000-15,000

    Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne presentation box and certificate.
    The "Richard Lange" pays tribute to the company founder Adolph Lange's first born son, Richard Lange (1845-1932). Richard was awarded 27 patents and utility model grants, and most importantly remembered as the spiritual father of the Nivarox spring.

    The model revives the company's tradition of large observation pocket watches typical of the 1930s. These watches were used not only by renowned research institutes but also served as precision timekeeping instruments in scientific expeditions.

    An "observation" watch is a high precision timepiece with large case and dial, characterised by high rate accuracy, enhanced legibility, and a certain degree of robustness. An observation wristwatch can be used to time scientific observations, as a navigational instrument and in military applications as a deck watch or an aviator's watch.