A. Lange & Söhne Datograph
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|Brand||A. Lange & Söhne|
|Year of production||2004|
|Condition||(Worn with little to no signs of wear)|
|Scope of delivery||
No original box, no original papers
|Location||United Kingdom, London|
|Price||£74,000 (= $93,039)|
|Availability||Item is in stock|
|Case diameter||39mm mm|
|Water resistance||Not water resistant|
|Dial numerals||Arabic numerals|
Introduced in 1999, the Datograph is considered by many to be one of the most compelling chronographs ever made. Admired by the like of Philippe Dufour, who owns one himself, its movement took several years to develop, before taking the watchmaking industry by surprise. This platinum example captures much of what makes the early pieces so appealing.
In 1999, A. Lange & Söhne introduced the Datograph, powered by the caliber L951.1. The movement challenged the status quo that had been in place for decades, where high-end manufactures such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet used movements provided by external suppliers. The newly developed caliber combined impressive mechanics with a remarkable aesthetic construction. It was praised by none other than Philippe Dufour, who owns a Datograph himself, and wears it on a frequent basis.
This particular variant - with its platinum case and black dial - was the first iteration of the design, having remained in production from 1999 to 2011. To many, it remains the quintessential Datograph. It features a carefully designed dial, which perfectly balances the different elements throughout. The date and chronograph subdials form an equilateral triangle, with the central point being the pinions in the middle, which hold the hands in place. The applied roman numerals - at 2, 6 and 10 o'clock - also form a triangle, which subtly reinforced the balance of the overall design.
The subdials are slightly recessed, with a warm, creamy tone, which contrasts with the stark, black dial. This layering creates a satisfying level of depth, which becomes especially prominent when light hits the dial at different angles. This is a particularly early example of the Datograph, as evidenced by the "METER" signature found on the tachymeter. In later examples of the tachymeter, the letter “S” has been added to the end of the word “METER” at 2 o’clock - so the text changes from “BASE 1000 METER” to “BASE 1000 METERS”. This change seems to happen around 2005-2006.
Measuring 39 mm by 12.8mm, the case is made out of platinum, which complements the darker tones if the dial. The case features the brand’s distinctive notched lugs, which are mirror polished and bevelled separately, then attached to the case. The pushers follow the lines of the case, with subtle bevels used on the edges.
This A. Lange & Söhne Datograph 403.035 is in excellent condition overall, having recently been serviced by the brand in April 2022, and only unsealed for the purposes of photography. A. Lange & Söhne carried out a complete service of the movement and refurbished the case.
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If sold within the United Kingdom, this Datograph 403.035 will be subject to 20% VAT.
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