A. Lange & Söhne Double Split

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REF 404.035
Manual-winding
43.2 MM
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SKU AS08951
Article Number 40991586
ref 404.035
case size 43.2 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 2000s
dial color Black
material Platinum
style Chronograph
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Leather
lug width 22 MM
Includes Signed black alligator strap with with signed platinum deployant clasp. Also includes inner and outer boxes, books, and papers dated 9/18/2008.
overall condition The case is in outstanding condition overall showing light signs of wear from age and use. Luminous satin black dial with silver subsidiary registers and applied 'baton' and 'Roman' indices is in as-new condition with matching luminous 'lance' handset. Signed crown. Sapphire exhibition caseback.
REF 404.035
Manual-winding
43.2 MM
– Show less
SKU AS08951
Article Number 40991586
ref 404.035
case size 43.2 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 2000s
dial color Black
material Platinum
style Chronograph
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Leather
lug width 22 MM
Includes Signed black alligator strap with with signed platinum deployant clasp. Also includes inner and outer boxes, books, and papers dated 9/18/2008.
overall condition The case is in outstanding condition overall showing light signs of wear from age and use. Luminous satin black dial with silver subsidiary registers and applied 'baton' and 'Roman' indices is in as-new condition with matching luminous 'lance' handset. Signed crown. Sapphire exhibition caseback.

Why We Love it

Born in 1815, Ferdinand Adolph Lange received a rigorous education at the hands of nurses and governesses. At 15 he became a student at the Saxon Technical school in Dresden. Following that, he pursued training under Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes, Sr, royal clockmaker to the King of Saxony. In 1846 he and his brother-in-law formed A. Lange & Söhne.

Lange’s use of precision tools and instruments allowed the manufacture to attain a level of precision that was heretofore unknown in mass-produced watches. After his death in 1878, his sons Richard and Emil would carry on his legacy. However, the Soviet occupation of East Germany at the end of the Second World War saw an end to A. Lange & Söhne. But after Reunification in the 1990s, the manufacture would make its triumphant return. At the helm of the company would be another Lange, Ferdinand’s great-grandson Walter.

The A. Lange & Söhne Double Split not only honors this watchmaking legacy, but is an accurate representation of the brand’s ability to push the boundaries of modern watchmaking. Simple and elegant at the surface, its complexities and intricacies at its core truly reveal what a horological marvel the Lange Double Split was, and still is.  

The A. Lange & Söhne Double Split was introduced in 2004 marking its release as the world's first double rattrapante chronograph. Translation – in addition to the traditional split-seconds function, the Double Split houses a second minute counter, allowing both pairs of hands to be stopped separately, as well as the ability to catch the running hands with push of a button. 

Why does this particular complication matter? Well, a single rattrapante on its own is extremely difficult to manufacture and exceedingly rare. For Lange to invent something that is literally twice as difficult to create is an achievement in a space where true innovation is hard to come by. 

This particular example, a Reference 404.035, features a 43.2mm platinum case with a sapphire crystal, a signed crown, square pushers, a polished bezel and a luminous satin black dial adorned with a set of silver subsidiary registers, applied ‘Roman’ indices, a tachymeter scale on the rehaut and a matching luminous ‘lance’ handset. 

This piece comes fitted to a signed black alligator strap with a signed platinum deployant clasp, and packs Lange's revolutionary Calibre L001.1 manual winding split-second chronograph movement within - and is thankfully visible through a sapphire display caseback.

Far be it from us to equate (or conflate) watches with traditional ‘investments’ — but if you’re looking to park your money on a horological work of art, a technical marvel, or an ultra-functional machine, then you’ve come to the right place.

There are complicated watches, and then there are works of art. This is both. Period.

Brand Story

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For Germany, Reunification represented a renaissance of sorts for a country that had been rent asunder by the Cold War. And for A. Lange & Söhne, whom fate had situated on the Eastern side of the Iron Curtain, it was indeed a rebirth.

Lange was founded in Glashütte in 1845, and its first century was truly a golden age. The brand imbued its products with a care and an attention to detail that brought worldwide renown. Its pocket watches, in particular, gained high marks in competition and saw use on the railroads of Europe.

But the coming of World War II and the subsequent Soviet occupation saw that golden age come to an end. The Soviet authorities expropriated the company in 1948 — the factory was shuttered, and the once-shining name of A. Lange & Söhne nearly faded into obscurity. That is, until 1990, when Walter Lange — great-grandson of the founder, Ferdinand A. Lange — resurrected his family’s old company and brought it to prominence once more.

Armed with Ferdinand Lange’s journal, Walter Lange sketched a watch that would adapt his great-grandfather’s designs to modern tastes, while still keeping an eye firmly on tradition. In the journal, Walter discovered sketches of a clock that Ferdinand designed with his mentor Johann Gutkaes. Commissioned by the Elector of Saxony for the Semperoper House in Dresden, the “Five Minute Clock” was nothing short of revolutionary.

With legibility as their primary concern, Johann Gutkaes and Ferdinand Lange designed a clock that, with its rectangular construction and two counter-rotating drums — one to show the hours, the other the minutes — was essentially the world’s first digital clock. Over one hundred years later, it was that clock that would inspire the modern manufacture’s first watch post-Reunification.

In 1992, Walter Lange filed a patent for a big date window, similar in style to the clock in the opera house. Two years later, it would appear on the Lange 1. Without question the firm’s flagship model, it features a big date function as its hallmark. Though found in watches like the Zeitwerk or the Langematik Sax-O-Mat, it’s in the Lange 1 that the big date is used to the greatest effect. Alongside other details such as asymmetrical sub-dials depicting the hours and sub-seconds, and the A. Lange & Söhne signature with its famous ampersand, it shows a clarity of vision that is wholly Lange.

Subsequent models — no less innovative — have only further cemented the brand’s footing as one of the most refined and fascinating watchmakers in business today. From the ludicrously complicated Zeitwerk to the elegant Saxonia to the recent Odysseus dive watch, Lange & Söhne is committed to pushing the horological envelope and reestablishing Germany as foremost amongst the world’s centers of watchmaking innovation.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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