A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus | 363.068

  • Collection: Odysseus
  • Model reference: 363.068
  • Case/Size: White gold, 40.5mm
  • Dial: Grey
  • Movement: Self-winding
  • Functions: Day, date, hours, minutes
  • Condition: Brand new
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All the watches we offer come with a 2 year warranty but this timepiece enjoys a guarantee covered by the manufacturer, valid internationally at any flagship store or official retailer carrying the respective brand. If you wish we are happy to assist you handling this task. Scope of coverage subject to manufacturer’s policy, please contact us for more information.

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Description

The Rise and Fall

A Lange & Sohne has perhaps one of the most interesting stories of survival (or revival). The brand could be well-defined as the “Phoenix” of the watch industry, rising from the ashes quite literally.
Ferdinand Adolph Lange founded the company in 1845, in Glashutte, Germany.  The brand kicked-off with 15 apprentices, establishing a whole watchmaking industry from parts manufacturing to assembly, providing job opportunities in the region.
After F.A. Lange’s death, his sons Emil and Richard Lange continued his legacy into the 20th Century, advancing on their fathers innovations, earning a solid reputation through the early 90’s patenting quarter repeaters and chronographs and developing the up/down power reserve indicator.
But the demand for wristwatches declined steeply after World War I, and unfortunately Germany became the battlefield during the World War II.
If that was not enough, an airstrike in 1945, on the last day of the war destroyed the Lange factory completely. Then came the final nail in the coffin when the company was nationalized following the occupation by the Soviet Union in 1948. The brand ceased to exist entirely, bringing an end to a glorious century of one of Germany’s finest watchmaker.

The Resurrection:

After 40 years, in 1989, the Berlin wall came down uniting the West and the East Germany. While all of Europe was celebrating this historic event, in the crowd was a man determined to re-established his family’s legacy. Walter Lange, the great grandson of F.A. Lange reregistered the brand and started to build the company from ground up, with help from Gunter Blumlein (IWC).
In 1994, the brand presented their first batch of watches in nearly half a century. In 2001, the original workshop was renovated in the remains of the destroyed building.
Since its resurrection, the brand has created over 40 new movements and won over 150 horological prizes.

Odysseus – The Next Chapter

Today, A. Lange and Sohne is one of the most respected watch brands among the collectors worldwide. For the first 25 years, the brand produced watches in only precious metal and in a more classical format, with exquisitely hand-finished movements.
As much as the connoisseurs loved the brand’s existing offerings, they wanted something more practical and sportier that could be withstand their usual active lifestyle.
In 2019, A. Lange and Sohne launched the much-awaited steel sports model, the Odysseus featuring a stainless steel case, an integrated bracelet which was a bit controversial in the beginning and an entirely new self-winding caliber – the L 155.1 Datomatic – equipped with several features designed to make the watch suitable for a more active lifestyle.

 

The present reference 363.068 was launched in 2020 as the follow-up update of the Odysseus.

This new model features a white gold case and a slate-grey anthracite dial, which varies from the blue dial of its steel sibling, both in color and texture.

The rest of the watch remains the same as its predecessor, with the same robust caliber inside, the case uses the same dual pushers, with the bold and iconic day/date apertures, and a ‘seconds’ sub-dial at 6.

To add to the sportiness, this reference is offered on a black rubber strap, which compliments the white gold dial beautifully.

 

A.Lange & Sohne – bio

Founded in 1845 by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in Glashütte, Germany.  The company soon became the pioneers in watchmaking in their region.  After Ferdinand’s death his sons, Emil and Richard continued to produce the finest pocket watches of their time.
During World War II, they were victims of bombardments and eventually even got nationalised by the Soviet administration and ceased to exist. At the fall of the Berlin wall in 1990, the grand son of the founder, Walter Lange, revived the company with the help of Swiss watch manufacturers such as IWC & Jaeger-LeCoultre.   The brand introduced their new collection in 1994 with success and by 2000 the company got acquired by the Richemont Group.

Additional information

Accessories:

Accompanied by an 'A. Lange & Söhne' international warranty certificate, product literature and a leather presentation box with its outer packaging.