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Louis Audemars, made for Heinrich Lindemann. A rare and early 18K gold hunter case two train dual time independent seconds keywound lever watch with flying 1/4ths of a second
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Louis Audemars, made for Heinrich Lindemann. A rare and early 18K gold hunter case two train dual time independent seconds keywound lever watch with flying 1/4ths of a second

SIGNED LINDEMANN, LOCLE, NO. 404, RETAILED BY WILLIAM F. LADD, CASE NUMBERED WITH LOUIS AUDEMARS' NUMBER 11'457, MOVEMENT MADE 1839, ENCASED AND SOLD CIRCA 1842

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Louis Audemars, made for Heinrich Lindemann. A rare and early 18K gold hunter case two train dual time independent seconds keywound lever watch with flying 1/4ths of a second
Signed Lindemann, Locle, No. 404, retailed by William F. Ladd, case numbered with Louis Audemars' number 11'457, movement made 1839, encased and sold circa 1842
Cal. 43 separately wound two train gilt-finished fully jewelled lever movement, gold cuvette engraved Wm. F. Ladd, No. 27, Wall Street, New York, white enamel dial, outer five minute divisions for the independent centre seconds, two subsidiary dials with Roman numerals for the two time zones, flying 1/4ths of a second, plain circular case, independent centre seconds hand and flying 1/4ths of a second started/stopped by a pull-twist push piece in the pendant, case numbered 11'457 and 404, cuvette and dial signed by retailer, movement signed Lindemann Locle No. 404 underneath the dial
52 mm. diam.
Literature
Prominently described and illustrated in Louis Benjamin Audemars - His Life and Work by Hartmut Zanke, pp. 204 & 205, pl. 1/1.
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Lot Essay

The present watch is an early and technically interesting two time zone watch with two separately wound wheel trains for the two time zones, the stoppable independent centre seconds and flying 1/4ths of a second indications.

Its ébauche was made by Louis Audemars in 1839 and sold with its case to Heinrich Lindemann who finished the movement around 1842, incorporation an escapement with unusual counterpoised lever (illustrated in Louis-Benjamin Audemars - His Life and Work by Hartmut Zantke, p. 205). He then sold it to the watch and jewellery retailer William F. Ladd at 27 Wall Street in New York.

Heinrich Lindemann (b. 1821 in Hamburg) started his own business in Switzerland in 1845, where he married the daughter of a watch manufacturer in Le Locle. In 1862 Lindemann became an instructor at the watchmaking school in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Shortly afterwards he opened a workshop for special winding mechanisms in Neuchâtel; as business was slow, he accepted the position of Director of the German Watchmaking School in Glashütte, Saxony. The newly founded school began its training of apprentices under Lindemann's direction on 1 May 1878. Lindemann remained director of the school until his death on 29 March 1885 in Glashütte.

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