A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Striking Time

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REF 145.032
Manual
44.2 MM
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SKU AS08205
Article Number 40991234
ref 145.032
case size 44.2 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 2010s
dial color Silver
material Rose Gold
style Avant-Garde
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Signed brown alligator strap with with signed rose gold pin buckle. Also includes inner and outer boxes, books, and papers dated 1/6/2015.
overall condition The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Solid silver dial with silver aperture plate is in as-new condition with matching 'lance' handset. Signed crown. Sapphire exhibition caseback.
REF 145.032
Manual
44.2 MM
– Show less
SKU AS08205
Article Number 40991234
ref 145.032
case size 44.2 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 2010s
dial color Silver
material Rose Gold
style Avant-Garde
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Signed brown alligator strap with with signed rose gold pin buckle. Also includes inner and outer boxes, books, and papers dated 1/6/2015.
overall condition The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Solid silver dial with silver aperture plate is in as-new condition with matching 'lance' handset. Signed crown. Sapphire exhibition caseback.

Why We Love it

You’d think that after hundreds of years of watchmaking, there’d be no new mechanical complications left to develop…

But you’d be mistaken! A. Lange & Söhne’s Zeitwerk Striking Time is the world’s first mechanical watch with a visible striking mechanism and a ‘digital’ jumping numerical display. Repeating wristwatches — which audibly sound the time upon activation — are rare enough, even among today’s sea of innovative brands. But what Lange has created is both a mechanical marvel and a piece of functional art. 

With a classically-styled 44.2mm rose gold case with a sapphire crystal, a signed crown, a rectangular pusher, and a polished bezel, it features a solid silver dial with a large power reserve indicator below 12:00, a sub-seconds register above 6:00, and dual time apertures with ‘digital’ displays — one for the hours at 9:00, and one for the minutes at 3:00. Rose gold ‘lance’ hands and exposed striking hammers complete the image of a watch with 20th-century inspiration, but 21st-century innovation.

Powered by the highly finished, hand-wound A. Lange & Söhne Caliber L.043.2 with 528 components and a 36-hour power reserve — which is visible via a sapphire caseback — the watch comes paired to a signed, brown alligator leather strap with a signed, rose gold pin buckle.

While this is certainly no entry-level wristwatch for the faint of heart (or wallet), for those in the know who appreciate German engineering and artistry, there could hardly be a timepiece better suited. Trust us!

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.

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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