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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: 2020
    Reference No: 363.179
    Movement No: 144'872
    Case No: 247'331
    Model Name: Odysseus
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. L155.1, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel A. Lange & Söhne bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel A. Lange & Söhne deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne Guarantee dated March 7, 2020, setting pin, product literature, wallet, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Today, sport watches are de rigueur amongst the collecting community. While manufacturers such as Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin had released their own in the 1970s, A. Lange & Söhne have shunned away from sports watches and stainless steel watches (with only a few rare exceptions). 2019 marked an important milestone for the manufacture when it released its very first sports watch, the Odysseus.

    Adopting a completely fresh case design, the classic round-shaped case is accessorized with faceted lugs, bold crown guards and an innovative bracelet specific to the Odysseus. Incorporating a tripartite case, the bracelet and lugs are satin-finished, with each lug and bracelet link executed with precise chamfers. Featuring subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock, the firm’s signature oversized day and date display can be witnessed on the 3 and 9 o’clock position. Fitted with white gold hands and applied indexes, each are filled with superluminova to enhance its legibility in the dark. Extremely well-received by collectors, a white gold edition with a rubber strap was later launched. With a scarce production and availability in the market, the Odysseus has become one of the hottest watches available on the market today.

    The present example A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus is offered in “like new” overall condition and is accompanied by its full set of accessories. A perfect opportunity for seekers of the present model to acquire an example that is highly demanded by collectors.

  • Artist Biography

    A. Lange & Söhne

    German • 1845

    Originally founded in 1845 by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in Glashütte, Dresden, Germany, the firm established an entire watchmaking culture and industry in Glashütte. The brand quickly became Germany's finest watchmaker, first creating dependable, easy-to-repair watches before going on to produce some of the world's finest complicated pocket watches, including Grande Sonnerie watches, tourbillon watches and Grande Complications.

    On the final day of World War II, their factories were destroyed by Russian bombers, and in 1948 the brand was confiscated by the Soviet Union. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990, Ferdinand's great grandson Walter Lange re-established the brand with the objective to once again produce top-quality luxury watches. Now part of the Richemont Group, its original vintage and modern creations are highly coveted by collectors. Key models from the modern era include the Lange 1, Pour Le Mérite Tourbillon and the Zeitwerk.

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Ref. 363.179
A fine, rare and well-preserved stainless steel wristwatch with small seconds, oversized day and date indication, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

40.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF88,200

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021