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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Hong Kong, October 27, 2018

LOT 232

A. LANGE & SÖHNE "DIE GROSSE FLIEGERUHR" AVIATOR'S WATCH

Lange & Söhne, "Die Grosse Fliegeruhr" Nickel plated, anti-corrosion, manual-winding, round-shaped, hour-angle, Amagnetic aviator's wristwatch, snap-on case-back, with indirect centre-seconds

Brand A. Lange & Sohne

Model "Die Grosse Fliegeruhr"

Year circa 1940-1945

Caliber 127-560A-1, 21''' 2/3 plate, gilded brass, with going barrel, gold non-magnetic straight-line lever escapement, compensated balance and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve

Bracelet brown leather aviator's strap

Dimensions Ø 55 mm.

Signed dial, case and movement

HKD 36,000 - 54,000

CHF 4,500 - 6,700 / USD 4,600 - 6,900

Sold: HKD 55,000


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3-6

Good

Slightly oxidized

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original


Notes

This model is one of the watches delivered to the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe, who wanted an accurate, robust, easy to read wristwatch for their pilots. They were used in the "Battle of England" and the operation "Sea-Lion" (August 1940 - May 1941). The inside case-back is engraved: B-Uhr or Beobachtungsuhr (Navigation Watch), Bauart, nh K (Manufacture) (Lange & SÖhne), Gerät Nr. (calibre) 127-560A-1, Werk-Nr. (movemen..) 216374, Anforderz. (classification Number) FL 23883 The latter number indicates the watch's assignation. The letters "FL" stand for "Flight Qualified" and the first two numbers indicate the department the watch was assigned to: "22" for the flight control department; "23" for the navigation department. "25" for the radio surveillance;