A. Lange & Sohne has had a meteoric rise since the 90s when it launched the Lange 1. This of course isn’t when the brand formed, which was in 1845, but when it began to stand with the top brands in haute horlogerie (super fancy watches). It became the poster child of the in-house manufacture and has since been the darling of most watch publications. For good reason.
I feel that A. Lange & Sohne presents the classic dress watch in an updated, but still understated manner. Its base model, the 1815 Saxonia, has more details and visual interest than a base model Patek Phillipe or Vacheron Constantin, while delivering on the German promise of fine engineering. With its other German friends, Nomos Glashütte and Glashütte Original, Swiss watches have had the first real fine watch competition in some time.
With many more complicated models in its lineup and stunning pocket watches in its past, the prices for its timepieces quickly climbed to well over six-figures.
So what’s the best way to get yourself in a Lange today? Well, there is actually a surprising number of interesting options under the cost of a handful of cars…
A. Lange & Sohne Lange Chronograph Valjoux 726 ($4,800)
One of my favorite things to do when cruising the watch markets is type in a high end brand, like ‘A. Lange & Sohne‘, into the Chrono24 / Watchrecon / eBay search box and sort by price, lowest to highest. Like many other times, I came upon a unique find today. A German watch seller had this Lange Chronograph listed, with a recent documented service from A. Lange & Sohne – she’s from the 70s, and what an interesting piece! With a Valjoux 726 movement, plexiglass domed crystal, full chronograph register and a wonderfully balanced dial, this is exactly the sort of thing that is a great addition to a chronograph collection. Similar to the Omega Speedmaster and Ulysse Nardin chronographs of the same time, Lange has taken a stab at a tool watch with fantastic results.