A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Platinum

A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Platinum

Why We Love It

We'll just come right out and say it: The A. Lange & Söhne Datograph might just be the most important watch of the modern era.

With its combination of avant-garde and teutonic design languages, mind-blowing mechanical architecture, function-heavy use, and luxury materials, the Datograph has not only won the hearts and minds of collectors and enthusiasts the world over, it created and set the bar for modern high-horology. And it came from Germany, not Switzerland.

We are yet to meet a horological virtuoso who doesn't consider the Datograph to be anything other than a triumph of design and mechanical engineering. Indeed, even the maestro himself - Philippe Dufour - can regularly be spotted wearing his rose gold example from the first series!

From its hefty wrist presence to the depth and intricacy of its 'miniature city-like' movement, the snap of its Flyback chronograph mechanism and the ever-rewarding outsize date function, the Datograph is a triumph, pure and simple.

This particular first-generation example is finished in platinum, giving it perhaps the cleanest appearance of any Datograph configuration as well as a little added weight (lest you forget you were wearing it). It remains in excellent condition throughout and is accompanied by its inner and outer box set, blank warranty papers and signed deployant buckle.

Despite their popularity, we have yet to see prices for these special watches skyrocket out of control - something we fully expect over the coming years. After all, with watches as spectacular and important as this one, why wouldn't they?

The A. Lange & Söhne Story

For Germany, Reunification represented a renaissance of sorts for a country that had been rent asunder by the Cold War. And for A. Lange & Söhne, whom fate had situated on the Eastern side of the Iron Curtain, it was indeed a rebirth.

Lange was founded in Glashütte in 1845, and its first century was truly a golden age. The brand imbued its products with a care and an attention to detail that brought worldwide renown. Its pocket watches, in particular, gained high marks in competition and saw use on the railroads of Europe.

But the coming of World War II and the subsequent Soviet occupation saw that golden age come to an end. The Soviet authorities expropriated the company in 1948 — the factory was shuttered, and the once-shining name of A. Lange & Söhne nearly faded into obscurity. That is, until 1990, when Walter Lange — great-grandson of the founder, Ferdinand A. Lange — resurrected his family’s old company and brought it to prominence once more.

Armed with Ferdinand Lange’s journal, Walter Lange sketched a watch that would adapt his great-grandfather’s designs to modern tastes, while still keeping an eye firmly on tradition. In the journal, Walter discovered sketches of a clock that Ferdinand designed with his mentor Johann Gutkaes. Commissioned by the Elector of Saxony for the Semperoper House in Dresden, the “Five Minute Clock” was nothing short of revolutionary.

With legibility as their primary concern, Johann Gutkaes and Ferdinand Lange designed a clock that, with its rectangular construction and two counter-rotating drums — one to show the hours, the other the minutes — was essentially the world’s first digital clock. Over one hundred years later, it was that clock that would inspire the modern manufacture’s first watch post-Reunification.

In 1992, Walter Lange filed a patent for a big date window, similar in style to the clock in the opera house. Two years later, it would appear on the Lange 1. Without question the firm’s flagship model, it features a big date function as its hallmark. Though found in watches like the Zeitwerk or the Langematik Sax-O-Mat, it’s in the Lange 1 that the big date is used to the greatest effect. Alongside other details such as asymmetrical sub-dials depicting the hours and sub-seconds, and the A. Lange & Söhne signature with its famous ampersand, it shows a clarity of vision that is wholly Lange.

Subsequent models — no less innovative — have only further cemented the brand’s footing as one of the most refined and fascinating watchmakers in business today. From the ludicrously complicated Zeitwerk to the elegant Saxonia to the recent Odysseus dive watch, Lange & Söhne is committed to pushing the horological envelope and reestablishing Germany as foremost amongst the world’s centers of watchmaking innovation.


SKU: AS05623

Platinum case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown). Calibre L951 manually-winding flyback chronograph movement by A. Lange & Söhne. A. Lange & Söhne Reference 403.035. Circa 2000s.

Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition overall showing normal signs of wear consistent with age and use. Non-luminous gloss black dial is in excellent, as-new condition with matching luminous handset. Sapphire display caseback. Signed crown. 

Includes brown alligator strap with with signed deployant clasp. Also includes inner and outer box set and blank warranty card.

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