Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 October 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

One of the finest selections of vintage and contemporary watches we were able to put together. We tried to do our best to offer you extremely rare and well preserved collectable pieces of the best manufactures.

Session I: Saturday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 104
Session II: Sunday 23 October, 10:30 AM – lots 105 to 179
Session III: Sunday 23 October, 2:30 PM – lots 180 to 271

57 Lange & Söhne Very Well Preserved and Historically Important, Aviator’s Navigation Wristwatch in Steel, reference 127-560A-1, Made for German Military Pilot Air Force, the Luftwaffe

Estimate: € 3,000 –⁠ 6,000

Sold € 9,100

Model: Pilot Watch
Reference: 127-560-A-1
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: NATO
Year: 1940s
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 48.1
Case N°: 4319009, N° 4555
Movement N°: 215254
Dimensions: 55 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

A. Lange & Söhne was originally founded by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in Glashütte, Kingdom of Saxony in 1845. Before establishing his namesake brand, Lange worked as an apprentice under experienced watchmaker J.C. Friedrich Gutkaes. They primarily made timepieces on commission for elite clients and during the World War II made watches for the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe. The present timepiece is an extremely rare and historically important piece of archives from World War II. Preserved in exceptional condition and still fully intact, this rare and important watch was intended for military purpose: accurate, robust, easy-to-read wristwatch for the pilots used in the “Battle of Britain” and operation “Sea Lion” (August 1940-May 1941). The inside case back is engraved:— B-Uhr: (Beobachtungs-Uhr: Navigation Watch)— Bauart, (Manufacture): Lange & Söhne— Werk Nr, (Movement No.): 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 was the flight control department, 25 was radio surveillance, and 23 was the code number for the navigation department. The present example is in very impressive condition considering the history and purpose of this military timepiece with a gorgeous mat black dial, hacking-seconds function to maximize the time-setting precision. The highly legible radium dial bears the typical 5 minute increment indexes with an hour indication to the center, allowing pilots to accurately time their military operations.