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Walter Lange’s Journeyman pocket watch

by Peter Chong on August 27, 2010

Exclusive pictures of the Journeyman pocket watch

Walter Lange is the grand old man of the house of A. Lange & Sohne. Some 88 years of age, this gentleman is still strong, and enthusiastic about watchmaking and the affairs of the old firm. Though I speak little German, and he no English, we get along quite well…I had a quiet dinner with him once in a little restaurant in Zum Baren in the mountains of Saxony, and he was animated with his stories of the cold, the township in his teen years. His eyes glowing, his excitement showing. An account of the food we consumed is found here.

As part of his final examinations to pass out from his apprenticeship, he had to make a journeyman watch…in his case, a silver cased pocket watch, made from scratch.

With the original timing sheets, handwritten by Walter himself.

Walter Lange

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