Clock Watch with Complications*, c.1905
*Minute Repeater, Grand Sonnorie Striking, Single Chronograph and 30 minute Register
The clock watch was purchased from the firm of A. Lange & Söhne in Glashütte, Germany by the donor's grandfather Otto Leisy early in the twentieth century. Three generations of the Leisy family had run the largest independent brewery in Cleveland, Ohio and achieved great success under Otto Leisy's management from 1892 to 1914.
The Leisy/Lange clock watch can be set to strike the hours and quarters automatically (grand sonnorie) and includes a minute repeater, operated by a slide. A center seconds chronograph with a thirty minute register is an added complication. Two separate trains are used with winding accomplished through the pendant. One direction winding the time train and the opposite direction winding the strike train.
Donated by Mr.Herbert F. Leisy Jr.,
October 21, 2005
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