This is one of the earliest A.Lange & Sohne movements ever made dating back to 1870. Married with a custom made solid 14k gold case this is absolutely a one-of-a-kind collectable quality masterpiece.
Brand: A. Lange & Sohne
Edition: One of a kind.
Condition: Excellent. Like new.
Dial: Stylish masterfully hand-crafted original enamel dial with large thin black Roman numerals, ten minute division markers, a seconds dial at the six o’clock position in perfect condition, with the original black hour hands, and signed A. Lange, Dresden.
Case: The Solid 14k gold case consists of a three-pieces, a new dome mineral glass face and a glass exposition back, which allows you to watch this 150 year old masterpiece in action.
Origin/Model: This wristwatch is made up of an original 1870 antique movement and dial, combined with a new custom made case, and has been immaculately preserved and serviced.
Movement/Mechanism: Originally created as a pocket watch this exquisite piece was converted into a wristwatch using the authentic and original 1870 A. Lange & Söhne movement. Every detail has been meticulously considered, bringing new life to this antique work of one of the most respected master watchmakers in history.
Brand: The watch is fitted with a 22mm genuine black leather band with gentle satin grain finish and a traditional gold buckle that matches the watch’s case.
Case: 48mm (without crown)
Case Thickness: 13mm
Box: Your watch will be delivered in one of our own signature collectible wooden watch boxes. Or if you prefer, this watch can be delivered to you in a modern A. Lange & Sohne box.
Shipping: Free overnight delivery anywhere in the United States and free express delivery anywhere in the world.
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Directions: This is an antique watch. Different antique watches use different mechanisms to wind and/or set the time. If you are not familiar with these, or it is unclear to you how to wind or set the time on your particular watch please contact us for specific instructions prior to attempting wind the watch or set the time to prevent damaging the watch.
Servicing: This original movement of this beautiful wristwatch has been beautifully preserved, astoundingly so considering the age of the piece. The mechanism has been recently serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time.
Protecting and Caring for Your Watch: All antique watches are mechanical, and as such should be treated with extra care. You should be careful not to expose an antique watch to the wear and tear. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear it often, or even every day. The best thing for something that is mechanical is to be used regularly. It does mean extra care should be taken not to drop it or expose it to water.
Antique watches are generally not waterproof as this technology was not in general use until the mid-20th century. You should therefore protect your antique watch from exposure to moisture.
If your watch becomes wet it should be dried as quickly as possible. This should be done using a hair dryer, opening all covers and gently blow drying the movement, dial, covers, and crown. This will eliminate or at least reduce the build up of any rust. Be careful not to turn the speed of the hairdryer up too high or hold it too close to the watch. A strong hair dryer held too close to a watch could blow a hand off the watch.
If your watch becomes exposed to salt water you should immediately spray your watch with purified water to remove all salt before drying the watch. If salt is left inside the watch it will combine with moisture in the air over time and begin to rust metal the components of the movement and other parts of the watch.
Winding any mechanical watch too tightly may break the mainspring, so be mindful of when you begin to feel resistance as you are winding your watch. Avoid winding the watch with force or aggressively.
When you are adjusting the hands of your watch, move them in a clockwise direction only. It is possible that counter-clockwise adjustments may damage the movement. If you do decide to make counter-clockwise adjustments make them for minutes, not hours.
We recommend that every two to three years you have your watch serviced, primarily to oil the mechanisms within the movement.
If for any reason dust or dirt makes its way into the watch, allow the watch to run down completely. Don’t wind the watch again before having it serviced by a qualified watch repair expert. Dust will absorb and remove the most important lubricants and cause the movement components to wear down.
If a need arises to clean the case, dial, crystal, etc., we advise you use a cloth that does not leave fibers as these may get caught and left behind in the movement.
Keep your antiques watch away from magnets. Strong magnetic fields may affect the accuracy of your watch since some vintage watches were made including iron-based components
Antique watches typically keep time accurately within about five minutes per day. If you experienced a various significantly greater than that, please contact us (or a watch professional for diagnosis). We see this very, very rarely with our watches, but should it occur it is not cause to be alarmed.
If you are flying a high-altitudes regularly with your antique watch you may wish to have it oiled more than every two to three years. The extreme temperature changes that accompany high altitudes can cause the oil viscosity to decrease more rapidly than usual.
The Story: A. Lange & Sohne is a symbol of 200 Years of Horological Excellence. In 1845, a man by the name of Ferdinand Adolph Lange founded a new watch manufacturer he named A.Lange in the small town of Glashütte, Germany, in the eastern state of Saxony.
Known for being a perfectionist, Lange trained his sons Richard and Emil, who took over the company following his death. Known for producing superlative handcrafted pocket watches, Emil and Richard Lange began to give their most prized productions a designation we now call “1A”.
The company was nationalized by the Soviet administration in the postwar years, and for a time, Lange ceased to exist as a brand. However, in 1990, following German reunification, as surviving member of the Lange family—the founder’s great-grandson, Walter Lange—united with watch industry executive Günter Blümlein to restore the company, with the help of a group of legendary Swiss watch manufacturers. Today, A. Lange & Söhne continues to sell watches globally as a member of the Richemont group.