A. Lange & Söhne - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII Hong Kong Friday, November 24, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2005
    Reference No: 403.035
    Movement No: 38’017
    Case No: 148’035
    Model Name: Datograph
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L951.1, 40 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum A. Lange & Söhne pin buckle
    Dimensions: 39mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee stamped Liljenquist & Beckstead United States dated 3rd December 2005, leather folio, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1999, collectors have widely regarded A.Lange & Söhne Datograph as one of the finest modern chronograph wristwatches produced by any firm. Since its re-establishment of manufacture, A. Lange & Söhne has been creating some of the most impressive timepieces executed to the highest quality. It features an in-house manual movement and is expertly finished throughout with Glashütte stripes and a signature hand-engraved balance cock. The oversized date window display particular to A. Lange & Söhne wristwatches inspired by the Dresden Semper Opera clock sits perfectly legible on the 12 O’clock position.

    The first generation of the Datograph features a 39mm diameter case without the power reserve indication giving the dial a clean and minimalist appeal. Furthermore, the platinum case and black dial is the original Datograph that captured the admiration of so many collectors and connoisseurs when it first appeared at Baselworld in 1999. In 2012, the firm upgraded the Datograph featuring a more significant 41mm diameter case and implemented an up/down power reserve indication at 6 o’clock, featuring baton indexes instead of Roman numerals.

    The present example A. Lange & Söhne Datograph in platinum from circa 2005 belongs to the model's first generation that can be identified by the ‘METER’ tachymeter scale that was replaced later in A. Lange & Söhne production around 2005 with ‘METERS’ tachymeter scale. A small but essential detail that collectors look for in collecting early versions of Datograph. Complete with its original guarantee and presentation box, this example possible from the early transitional batch has also developed an attractive warm patina on the registers which only appears on early production batches before the manufacture upgraded with anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Undoubtedly one of the best chronograph movement that garnered interest from collectors all over the world, this early Datograph is one of the most collectible A.Lange & Söhne out there.

  • 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. 403.035
An early, rare and attractive platinum flyback chronograph wristwatch with large date, tachymeter scale, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2005
39mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$250,000 - 450,000 

Sold for HK$571,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII

Hong Kong Auction 24-25 November 2023