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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 1998
    Reference No: 105.021
    Case No: 112’480
    Model Name: Saxonia
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L941.3, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold A. Lange & Söhne buckle
    Dimensions: 34mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee stamped Sincere Watches and dated 10 March 1998, instruction manual, outer packaging and A. Lange & Söhne fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A Lange & Söhne is the preeminent Germany watchmaker founded nearly 175 years ago by Ferdinand A. Lange in Glashütte Saxony and recognized as a master craftsman producing precision high quality timepieces. During the final days of the World War II, the Lange factories were destroyed and what remained of the brand confiscated by the Soviets. It was not until the end of the cold war and the demise of the Berlin Wall that the firm Ferdinand built was able to rise again and in a very short period be a leader once again in horological excellence. Following in great grandfather’s footstep, Walter Lange reestablished the brand in 1990 with the formation of Lange Uhren GmbH and by 1994 the brand released four new modern day wristwatches that have become classics; the Lange 1, the Arkade, the Saxonia, and the Tourbillon Pour le Mérite.

    The Saxonia line was named after the German state Saxony, where Ferdinand A. Lange established his firm. Of the four newly released watches, the Saxonia line closely resembled traditional gentleman’s dress watch. The case design was pure and elegant featuring an “Outsized Date” aperture on the dial. The original references remained in production until 1997 when the reference 105.021 was released with the new caliber L941.1, but continuing with the small 33.9mm diameter case. Produced mainly in yellow gold, the brand also produced a rare platinum version with rhodium dial.

    The present watch remains in excellent condition and appears to have been unused. The case is sharp and unpolished and over the years the gold has tarnished giving the watch a warm yellow-brown hue. Accompanied with the guarantee and presentation box, this Saxonia wristwatch makes an excellent classic dress watch.

  • 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. 105.021
A fine and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with small center seconds, date, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1998
34mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$60,000 - 100,000 

Sold for HK$87,500

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