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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 1997
    Reference No: 101.001
    Case No: 113’057
    Model Name: Lange 1
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L901.0, 53 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    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, presentation box, A. Lange & Söhne service receipt dated July 10, 2020, product literature, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A Lange & Söhne’s Lange 1 is a superb modern classic of 20th century horology. First released in 1994, the watch displays a classic contemporary look, which a quarter of a century later, has a sophisticated appeal for its design and technical innovation. The dial is clear and legible with the now famous patented oversized date apertures inspired by the Five-Minute Clock of the Semper Opera House in Dresden. The eccentric hours indication further set the brand apart from all others with their incredible vision.

    This very rare and early example is housed in a 38.5mm diameter case featuring a solid case back secured by six screws. Later, A. Lange & Söhne did away with solid case backs when Walter Lange decided it was a shame to hide the beauty of their movements. Today, the brand manufactures their timepieces mostly with a sapphire display back.

    The present first series reference 101.001 is in excellent overall condition, and was recently serviced by A. Lange & Söhne in 2020. The Lange 1 family of timepieces is an embodiment of German engineering and precision timekeeping, and this complete example is a “must-have” for the enthusiast of late 20th century horology.

  • 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
An early and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with oversized date, and power reserve, with original guarantee, and presentation box

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

$30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $100,800

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021