Lange & Sohne pocket watch

Lange and Sohne Watches

introduction to Lange & Sohne

Lange & Söhne was founded in 1845 by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in Glashütte, Germany. Having studied with renowned master watchmaker Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes and in France under notable Parisian teachers, Lange endeavoured to build an independent watchmaking industry in Glashütte to bring economic prosperity to the then-impoverished Saxony. After correspondence with the Saxon government, he was granted the resources to set up shop with 15 young local apprentice watchmakers, thereby laying the foundation of the industry.
lange and sohne white-faced watch with date and brown leather strap

Lange eventually handed down the business to his two sons, Richard and Emil. With his sons at the helm, the brand flourished until the 1940s, when a crucial production building was destroyed by bombing towards the end of World War II. Followed soon after the Soviet occupation and expropriation of German businesses, the company was nationalised and effectively disappeared. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Lange & Söhne was re-registered under the new Lange Uhren GmbH by Walter Lange, great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, and Günter Blümlein in 1990, precisely 145 years after its first founding.

While young, the contemporary Lange Uhren has secured its place among the finest watchmakers in the world. Its retail prices range from £17,500 for entry-level Saxonia pieces to £564,000 for the Tourbograph Perpetual “Pour le Mérite”. Incredibly sophisticated and limited pieces such as the Grand Complication have fetched up to £2,600,000. Pre-owned models such as the Saxonia and Langematik start from £15,000. Additionally, models can be found new on the grey market at 27-37% off retail price.

Lange & Sohne watch
Collection Reference Number Market Price
Lange 1 116.032 £27,476
Saxonia 403.035 £70,837
1815 234.026 £20,441
Zeitwerk 140.029 £64,768
Odysseus 363.068 £49,749
Richard Lange 232.032 £18,951
Cabaret 107.031 £14,688

How much does a Lange & Sohne Watch cost?

Lange & Söhne watches typically sell between £10,473 – £122,449 on the secondary market, with an average asking price of £29,749.