A. Lange & Söhne. A very rare and large aviator's wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, hack feature and black dialSigned A. Lange & Söhne, No.215652, circa 1940

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A. Lange & Söhne. A very rare and large aviator's wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, hack feature and black dial
Signed A. Lange & Söhne, No.215652, circa 1940

Sold for £ 26,400 (US$ 36,615) inc. premium
A. Lange & Söhne. A very rare and large aviator's wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, hack feature and black dial
Signed A. Lange & Söhne, No.215652, circa 1940
Cal.48 three quarter plate gilt-finished lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, the black dial marked W-SS with luminous Roman numerals, luminous hands, outer ring calibrated for 60 seconds, inner ring calibrated for mirrored seconds from 0 to 60, in large circular case with snap on back, case and movement signed and numbered 65mm.

Footnotes

  • The present watch is from a very small series of observation watches ordered for a special unit of Germany's armed forces. They were made with larger cases and had the calibre 48 movement. They also had a different dial layout than the standard issue with a scale that was mirror-inverted for photographic purposes.

    After the first examples in silver cases were made, 10 nickel-brass case watches were supplied each month starting in March 1941. This present watch has been in the same family since the Second World War and have never been offered at auction before.

    The model is featured in Military Timepieces by Konrad Knirim, p.452.
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