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A. LANGE & SOHNE. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE LARGE 18K PINK GOLD HUNTER CASE MINUTE REPEATING KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH LANGE'S DOUBLE CHRONOGRAPH SYSTEM AND 1ST QUALITY MOVEMENT
A. LANGE & SOHNE. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE LARGE 18K PINK GOLD HUNTER CASE MINUTE REPEATING KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH LANGE'S DOUBLE CHRONOGRAPH SYSTEM AND 1ST QUALITY MOVEMENT
A. LANGE & SOHNE. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE LARGE 18K PINK GOLD HUNTER CASE MINUTE REPEATING KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH LANGE'S DOUBLE CHRONOGRAPH SYSTEM AND 1ST QUALITY MOVEMENT
A. LANGE & SOHNE. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE LARGE 18K PINK GOLD HUNTER CASE MINUTE REPEATING KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH LANGE'S DOUBLE CHRONOGRAPH SYSTEM AND 1ST QUALITY MOVEMENT
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LANGE & SÖHNEMINUTE REPEATING DOUBLE CHRONOGRAPH
A. LANGE & SOHNE. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE LARGE 18K PINK GOLD HUNTER CASE MINUTE REPEATING KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH LANGE'S DOUBLE CHRONOGRAPH SYSTEM AND 1ST QUALITY MOVEMENT

SIGNED A. LANGE & SOHNE, GLASHUTTE B/DRESDEN, NO. 41258, CIRCA 1905

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A. LANGE & SOHNE. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE LARGE 18K PINK GOLD HUNTER CASE MINUTE REPEATING KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH LANGE'S DOUBLE CHRONOGRAPH SYSTEM AND 1ST QUALITY MOVEMENT
SIGNED A. LANGE & SOHNE, GLASHUTTE B/DRESDEN, NO. 41258, CIRCA 1905
Movement: 1st Quality 21 jewels in screwed gold chatons, straight-line lever escapement with gold fork and escape wheel, Lange bimetallic compensation balance cut in the manner of Guillaume, gold temperature adjustment screws, blued steel Breguet balance spring with terminal curve, foliate engraved cock, diamond endstone, swan-neck micrometer regulator, visible mechanism for the chronograph, minute repeating on two steel hammers on two gongs, numbered
Dial: white enamel, gold Louis XV hands, signed
Case: ‘Louis XV’ style, repeating slide and chronograph button in the band, glazed gold-rimmed dust cover, gold cuvette, 63 mm. diam., signed and numbered ‘58’, the last two digits of the serial number
With: a detailed document proposing servicing from E. Leutert, Glashütte Uhrenfabrik Union, dated 25 October 1962
Provenance
Fritz Wildenhayn, Plauen, by 1962.
An important European private collection
Literature
Reinhard Meis, A. LANGE & SÖHNE, The Watchmakers of Dresden, 1997, p.248.

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Lot Essay

A superb example of one of A. Lange & Söhne's exceedingly small series of so-called ‘Doppelchronograph’ or ‘double chronograph’ watches, the present watch has been carefully preserved in one of the finest private collections for several decades. It displays many of the features associated with A. Lange & Söhne’s highest grade watches: large and heavy-gauge pink gold “Louis XV” case, 1st Quality movement with gold escapement and diamond endstone.
In 1962, its then owner submitted the watch for a quote for a complete service to the great Emil Leutert, long-term operations manager of Glashütte Uhrenfabrik Union. Leutert described watch no. 41258, the present watch as “a valuable, fine piece, with an insurance value of 5000 Marks.”

Lange Double-Chronograph System
Lange & Söhne is one of the few manufacturers to have produced a double chronograph with single push-piece governing all four functions via one column-wheel. The first pressure starts both hands together, the second stops the fly-back, the third stops the chronograph-hand and the fourth zeroes them together. The stopping and zeroing of the hands is by the calipers used in all split-seconds chronographs. However, unlike the usual split-seconds chronograph, the double-chronograph cannot take intermediary times.

A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte bei Dresden
For over 150 years, watches made by A. Lange & Söhne were and still are among the most coveted timepieces in the world. The success story of the celebrated dynasty started with Ferdinand Adolph Lange, born in Dresden on 18 February 1815. After the divorce of his parents, he found a new home with a merchant family that gave the intelligent young man a good education. At the age of 15, while he was still attending the polytechnic school in Dresden, he began training as an apprentice with the celebrated master watchmaker J. C. Friedrich Gutkäs. In 1835, Adolph Lange completed his apprenticeship with honours and continued as Gutkäs' employee for two more years before deepening his skills as a journeyman, working with Europe's most respected chronometer makers, notably Winnerl in Paris. After his return to Dresden in 1841, Lange became a co-owner of and the driving force behind Gutkäs' manufactory, constructing amongst others the celebrated five-minute clock in Dresden's Semper Opera.
Besides his dedication to horological perfection, Adolph Lange was a person of uncommon social sensitivity. The growing level of destitution in the Ore Mountains ultimately urged him to leave his privileged position in Dresden; in 1845, armed with numerous visions and his journey and workbook, he set out for the poverty-stricken town of Glashütte in order to establish the Saxon precision watchmaking industry. In December 1845, with the financial help of the Saxon government, Lange started his own manufacture with his friend Adolf Schneider and fifteen apprentices, followed by 'A. Lange & Söhne' in association with his sons Richard and Friedrich Emil in 1868. Lange possessed an extended range of knowledge in different directions; his eminent talents did not remain unnoticed, and he was very early elected mayor in his little town. His life was one of activity and he introduced
many essential innovations in the manufacturing of watches and chronometry. The horological school at Glashütte, though opened only two years after his death, was a natural sequence of his thirty years' endeavour to resuscitate watch making in Germany. His shop had been a training school from the first day.



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