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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 1997
    Reference No: 101.001
    Movement No: 1'404
    Case No: 111'320
    Model Name: Lange 1
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L 901.0, 53 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold A. Lange & Söhne buckle
    Dimensions: 38.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee dated April 1997, product literature. additional numbered case back, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 displaying eccentric time and seconds with an asymmetrically positioned large date window and power reserve at 3 o’clock has become the landmark for the brand and widely recognized. Impressive during its initial launch, the Lange 1 is regarded as one of the most popular models manufactured by the firm.

    This early Lange 1 is distinguished by its excellent condition and presence of its additional case back and guarantee dated for 1997. Incredibly rare, only the very earliest examples were fitted with two casebacks. Later versions, such as the variant today display only a sapphire caseback.

  • Artist Biography

    A. Lange & Söhne

    German • 1845

    Originally founded in 1845 by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in Glashütte, Dresden, Germany, the firm established an entire watchmaking culture and industry in Glashütte. The brand quickly became Germany's finest watchmaker, first creating dependable, easy-to-repair watches before going on to produce some of the world's finest complicated pocket watches, including Grande Sonnerie watches, tourbillon watches and Grande Complications.

    On the final day of World War II, their factories were destroyed by Russian bombers, and in 1948 the brand was confiscated by the Soviet Union. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990, Ferdinand's great grandson Walter Lange re-established the brand with the objective to once again produce top-quality luxury watches. Now part of the Richemont Group, its original vintage and modern creations are highly coveted by collectors. Key models from the modern era include the Lange 1, Pour Le Mérite Tourbillon and the Zeitwerk.

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Ref. 101.001
A rare and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with oversized date, additional case back, original guarantee, presentation box and outer packaging

Circa 1997
38.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 16,000 
€7,400-14,800
$8,700-17,400

Sold for CHF50,400

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020