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A. Lange & Söhne 101.022

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Pre-owned Year of production 2001 Original box Original papers
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Listing code E08QV3
Brand A. Lange & Söhne
Model Lange 1
Reference number 101.022
Movement Automatic
Case material Yellow gold
Bracelet material
Crocodile skin
Year of production 2001 (Approximation)
Condition (Worn with little to no signs of wear)
Scope of delivery
Original box, original papers
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United Kingdom, London

Caliber

Movement Automatic
Movement/Caliber L901.0

Case

Case material Yellow gold
Case diameter 38.5mm mm
Water resistance Not water resistant
Bezel material Yellow gold
Crystal Sapphire crystal
Dial White
Dial numerals Roman numerals

Bracelet/strap

Bracelet material
Crocodile skin
Bracelet color Brown
Clasp Buckle
Clasp material Yellow gold

Functions

Date

Other

Tempered blue hands, Power Reserve Display, Only Original Parts

Description

Over the years, the Lange 1 has become one of the most instantly recognisable pieces of our modern era, with its distinctive styling and signature design cues. For the detail-oriented collector, there are several key features that can be found on this reference 101.022* that distinguish it as a particularly early example – if one knows where to look.

Worth Reading

The name Lange has been tied to watchmaking and the Saxony area of Germany for centuries. In the 1800s, Ferdinand Aldoph Lange – which is where the “A” in A. Lange & Söhne comes from – began his watchmaking journey under the tutelage of master watchmaker Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes. Passed from father to son, the Lange name flourished, before encountering considerable obstacles during the 20th century.

In 1990, the brand was resuscitated by the great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, Walter, and watch industry veteran, Günter Blümlein. A Nuremberg native, Blümlein grew up in post-War Germany, had previously overseen the resurgence of IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre. This started the four-year journey that Lange and Blümlein would go on with their small team to bring the company back from the ashes, with the release of their first four models on the 25th October 1994. Today, the Lange 1 is one of the most distinctive watches in modern consciousness.

Introduced in 1995, this A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 reference 101.022 is a particularly early example of the reference, and was sold in 2001. The piece is especially unusual thanks to its blued hands, painted numerals, and the silvery, satin-like sheen found on the dial – this distinguishes it from later examples, as they usually have a whiter dial.

Some of the features that further highlight the fact that the piece is a very early example include the fact that it has a small “Made in Germany” line of text printed below the sub-dial in a sans-serif font with a more condensed format. Later examples are printed in ‘Engravers MT’, a serif font, which have a noticeably thicker lettering compared to the font found on this piece, while the text is more spread out. Further subtle differences can be found in the fact that the umlaut above the “ü” in “Glashütte” is slightly separate from the letter itself or that the “I” in “I/SA” (“In Sachsen” - “in Saxony”) sits above the halfway point of the slash, amongst a few other details.

More generally speaking, this Lange 1 reference 101.022 bears most of the classic styling that would later come to define the series, such as the asymmetric dial design and carefully designed date windows, which were inspired by the Five-Minute Clock at Semper Opera House in Dresden. The proportions of the watch have been carefully calculated according to the Golden Ratio, creating an instantly recognisable layout.

The piece is powered by the calibre L901.0, based on a Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 822 gear train that Günter Blümlein brought over. The aesthetics of the movement are just as impressive as the mechanics, with chamfering and interior angles superbly hand-finished. Moreover, it features an artistic flourish, a balance-cock engraved by one of Lange’s master engravers. In fact, each individual watchmaker's unique engraving style can be identified as a result. The bridges and plates are made from German silver, an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc, with a warm silver tone that will develop a subtle patina over time.

This A. Lange & Söhne is in very good condition overall, with a few superficial marks throughout consistent with minimal wear.

We stand by the quality of all of our pre-owned watches and mechanical objects. If something goes wrong, we’ll always strive to remedy the situation in a timely manner and to the best of our ability.

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