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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

New York, Apr 15, 2015

LOT 163

A. LANGE & SOHNE REF. 7604 RICHARD LANGE TOURBILLON POUR LE MERITE PINK GOLD A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte i. Sachsen, "Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour le Merite," movement No. 94713, case No. 209135, Ref. 7604 AF. Made in 2013. Extremely fine and rare, 18K pink gold wristwatch with visible one-minute tourbillon, off-center hour dial, large central minute dial and an 18K pink gold A. Lange & Söhne deployant clasp. Accompanied by instruction booklet and warranty.

Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, concave bezel, transparent case back with 6 screws, sapphire crystals. Matte, solid silver, subsidiary off-center hour dial with black painted Roman numerals, large central minute dial with outer minute divisions with red 15-minute Arabic markers, aperture for the tourbillon regulator at 7. Pink gold alpha hands Cal. L 072.1, fausses cotes decoration, 31 ruby jewels including 3 in screw-mounted gold chatons, power equalization with chain and fusée maintaining power and stepped planetary gearing, tourbillon cage, lateral lever escapement with one-minute tourbillon regulator with equidistant polished steel three-arm carriage, Glucydur balance with screws adjusted to 5 positions, Nivarox balance-spring with Strasser overcoil, shock-absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance-spring, hand engraved balance bridge.

USD 150,000 - 250,000

HKD 1,165,000 - 1,940,000 / CHF 150,000 - 250,000

Sold: USD 159,750

Grading System
Case: 1

As new

Movement: 1*

As new

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original


Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 42 mm. THICKNESS 12 mm. FOOTNOTE TKTKTKTK Production of reference 2438 began in 1952 and ceased in 1963. Reference 2438 is similar in design to reference 2497, uses the same 27-SC Q caliber movement, but was designed with a water resistant case back. It is the only vintage perpetual calendar watch made by the firm to feature a screw back. Between references 2497 and 2438, a total number of only 179 examples were produced, making both models amongst the rarest perpetual calendar watches made by Patek Philippe. Both models are featured in "Patek Philippe Wristwatches", by Martin Huber and Alan Banbery, 1998, pages 285-287.