LONDON – A white gold chronograph wristwatch by A. Lange & Sohne is among the highlights of Noonans‘ sale of Jewellery, Watches and Objects of Vertu on Tuesday, June 14. It is estimated at £12,000-£18,000. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.
The circa-2005 manual winding wristwatch is in an 18K white gold case with a sapphire display back and sports an 18K white gold buckle. Noonans Watch Expert Joanne Lewis said: “Established in Glashutte, Saxony by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in 1845, A. Lange & Sohne produced some of the most sought-after watches in the world. The company was forced into a 40-year hiatus when a bomb at the end of the Second World War destroyed their workshops. In 1990, Walter Lange, the great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, revived the brand. Lange watches are still created in-house to the traditional high standards of the earlier generations of pocket watches. Today, as throughout their history, A. Lange & Sohne produce high-quality precise timepieces. We are very pleased to be offering this exquisite watch on behalf of a private London collector.”
The sale will include watches designed for both men and women by famous makers such as Cartier, Rolex, Omega, Longines, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Movado, Breitling, Breuget, Tag Heuer and Panerai.
A circa-2000 lady’s white gold and diamond-set rectangular Tank Americaine wristwatch by Cartier is estimated at £3,000-£5,000. The 18K white gold watch is bezel set with brilliant-cut diamonds. Equally of interest is a circa-1990 stainless steel and gold automatic Rolex Datejust Oyster with bracelet and pyramid dial, which carries an estimate of £4,000-£6,000.
One of the more unusual pieces on offer is a silver open-faced explorer’s keyless deck watch by London-based makers Lund & Blockley, dating from 1883. Estimated at £2,000-£3,000, it was inherited from the seller’s grandfather. Lewis explains: “These so-called ‘Travellers’ watches were sold by Herbert Blockley from the late 1870s until around 1925. The Royal Geographical Society purchased approximately 28 pieces from Lund & Blockley and their successor. Their robust construction with protective crown cover meant they were ideal watches for use on expeditions. The Society lent these watches to their members for Polar and African expeditions.”
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