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A. Lange & Söhne on a Budget

A. Lange & Söhne has had a meteoric ascent since the 90s when it dispatched the Lange 1. This, obviously, isn’t the point at which the brand shaped, which was in 1845, but when it started to stand with the top brands in Haute Horlogerie (very extravagant watches). It turned into the poster offspring of the in-house manufacture and has since been the dear of most watch publications. For great reason.

I feel that A. Lange & Söhne presents the exemplary dress watch in an updated, but still understated way. Its base model, the 1815 Saxonia, has a greater number of details and visual interest than a base model Patek Phillipe or Vacheron Constantin, while conveying on the German guarantee of fine designing. With its other German companions, Nomos Glashütte and Glashütte Original, Swiss watches have had the first genuine fine watch competition in some time.

With a lot more complicated models in its arrangement and stunning pocket watches in its past, the costs for its timepieces immediately moved to above and beyond six-figures.

So what’s the best method to get yourself in a Lange today? All things considered, there is actually an amazing number of interesting options under the cost of a modest bunch of vehicles…

A. Lange & Söhne Lange Chronograph Valjoux 726 ($4,800)

One of my favorite things to do while cruising the watch markets is type in a very good quality brand, similar to ‘A. Lange & Söhne’, into the Chrono24 / Watchrecon / eBay search box and sort by value, lowest to highest. In the same way as other times, I happened upon a one of a kind discover today. A German watch vender had this Lange Chronograph listed, with a recent documented service from A. Lange & Söhne – she’s from the 70s, and what an interesting piece! With a Valjoux 726 movement, plexiglass domed crystal, full chronograph register and a magnificently adjusted dial, this is exactly the sort of thing that is a great addition to a chronograph collection. Like the Omega Speedmaster and Ulysse Nardin chronographs of a similar time, Lange has taken a stab at a tool watch with fantastic results.

Wrist Time Worthy:

  1. Modern wearable 37mm case.
  2. Plexi crystals are consistently cool.
  3. Highly decipherable dial and helpful chronograph function.
  4. The 12, 3, 6 and 9-hour markers in a different shade of tritium.
  5. Fantastic value point for a particularly uncommon piece in mint condition.

A. Lange & Söhne Cabaret ref 107.031, 18k Red Gold ($12,700)

Are you cool with rectangular watches? Think the JLC Reverso is too uncultured? Indeed, a vender on Chrono24 is currently offering this little stunner, which might be of interest to you.

Wrist Time Worthy:

  1. Red gold is a great looking metal.
  2. Big date show, Lange’s milestone feature, two major French entryways crammed with date.
  3. Display back to see the stunning 3/4 plate movement with hand-cut swan’s neck regulator.
  4. Roman numerals and a by and large fantastic art deco face.
  5. It is a bit of a unisex size at 25.5mm wide and 36mm tall, perhaps save this one for a woman in your life.

A. Lange & Söhne 216.032 Saxonia, Red Gold ($13,000)

Like the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony or Patek Phillipe Calatrava, this is the exemplary three hand Lange. Sporting a beautiful sapphire crystal on the back, you can appreciate the movement ticking ceaselessly, or just stare at the Geneva striping on the principle plate sprinkled with rubies and blued screws. While it might be the entry-level model Lange makes, it is no less an amazingly crafted and tested piece than their pricier offerings.

Wrist Time Worthy:

  1. Simple yet by one way or another cutting edge and outwardly interesting dial.
  2. 37mm case wears bigger because of the vast dial and enormous hands.
  3. The way the logo rides the state of a rainbow.
  4. Display back to see the stunning 3/4 plate movement with hand-cut swan’s neck regulator.
  5. The bended drags that embrace the wrist like a dream.

A. Lange & Söhne Fleiger ca. 1940s ($8-10k)

Like most German companies during WW2, A. Lange & Söhne was needed to deliver products for Nazi Germany. As somebody of Jewish descent, I could never energize the acquisition of Nazi marked memorabilia, but these watches have no Axis markings. In fact, a considerable lot of these items had their outward manufacturer marking eliminated, which left a preeminent tool-watch like quality with unfathomable designing under the hood.

As the first entrants into the Flieger category, these watches have such an excess of history that I’d be neglectful not to mention them. In addition, they are relatively moderate for A. Lange & Söhne and are once in a while in great condition after more than seventy years.

Wrist Time Worthy:

  1. Defined an entire category of watches called Fliegers.
  2. Huge in any event, for today’s standards at 55mm, truly a ‘Major Pilot’.
  3. Not having logos on the dial flaunts its tool function.
  4. The yellow cream patina on the hands.
  5. The blued sword hands which probably affected the  Rolex Mil-Sub .

More information about the history of these Fliegers can be found here.

Bonus: A. Lange & Söhne Up/Down pocket watch ca. 1940s ($3-5k)

Again, putting aside the horrendous environmental factors during which these stunning pocket watches with a force hold complication were created, on the off chance that you like adding a pocket watch to your collection, this would make an excellent one. Although Lange didn’t invent the force save, a complication credited to Breguet in 1938, it certainly utilized it. On the off chance that you love the newer A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Up/Down, this would be an approach to make the most of its history in a lot bigger case (58mm!). Both Bonhams and Chrono24 have a portion of these uncommon checks on proposal in great shape.

Bonus: Be certain to look at our survey on the  A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Date here .

Note: Some of these pocket watches actually do have A. Lange & Söhne written on the dial, which may have been post-war products, but I couldn’t discover anything explicitly tending to this detail. 

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