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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Sohne
    Year: 2019
    Reference No: 363.179
    Movement No: 145’000
    Case No: 246’074
    Model Name: Odysseus
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. L155.1, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel A. Lange & Söhne bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel A. Lange & Söhne deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet, and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by leather folder with bracelet adjustors and product literature, microfiber cloth, guarantee booklet, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    After many years of shunning both sports watches and the use of stainless steel as a case metal - with very few and important exceptions - in 2019, A. Lange & Söhne released a stainless steel sports watch with an integrated bracelet: the Odysseus. The watch is named for the hero of Greek mythology, who endured a decade of travails after the Trojan war in the pursuit of returning home to his wife, family, and kingdom. Indeed, decades after Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, and Vacheron Constantin released their own stainless steel sports watches with integrated bracelets (the Royal Oak, Nautilus, and Overseas, respectively), Lange finally joined the party to much fanfare by collectors and Lange aficionados. The watch combined the classic stylings of the manufacture: oversized date apertures, elaborately finished movements, and German silver bridges. It introduced a completely new, in-house automatic movement, the L155.1 Datomatic ticking at 4 hertz, with a platinum-rimmed rotor.

    The case shape itself is quite a novelty, subtly asymmetrical, combining a round case shape with faceted lugs and a boldly geometric bracelet. Incorporating a tripartite case, the bracelet and lugs are satin-finished, with each lug and bracelet link executed with precise chamfers. It is fully waterproof to 30 meters, and the bracelet was specifically engineered for ease of adjustment and comfort on the wrist. The dial integrates two finishes: a circular guilloche of the outer ring and a hammered inner ring, repeated on the subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock. The dark blue color alternates between a vivid cerulean and a deep navy depending on lighting condition, and each white gold hand or hour marker is filled with luminous material for visibility in darkness.

    The present Odysseus is in new condition, still bearing its factory protective plastic on the bracelet. It was consigned by the original purchaser with all its accompaniments having been sold in the United States on January 21st, 2020.

    Consigned by the Original Owner


Ref. 363.179
An unworn, very fine, and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with oversized day and date display and integrated bracelet

40.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet, and clasp signed.

$20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $81,900

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New York Auction 12 December 2020