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A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down Watch

A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down Watch Watch Releases

One of my favorite A. Lange & Sohne watch designs of all time is the famous Datograph – and to think the design is over 11 years old now! For 2012 Lange is revisiting the Datrograph with a new and updated model that retains the desirability of the original watch. The new model will be called the Datograph Up/Down (Update: it was originally called the Datograph AUF/AB in German, but they changed the name to English).

The original Datograph was named as such because in addition to the time, it featured a big-date indicator (which Lange called its “out-sized date”) and a 30 minute chronograph. The “Datograph” name summed all that up nicely. For me the combination of light silver and black on the dial in addition to the symmetrical layout made it a gorgeous design.

A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down Watch Watch Releases

A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down Watch Watch Releases

The new Datograph Up/Down ads a power reserve indicator, which is the source of the new name. “Up/Down” stands for “up” and “down,” which are the indications on the power reserve indicator in all A. Lange & Sohne watches for whether the reserve is full or empty. The new watch has a power reserve of 60 hours thanks for to the new in-house made Caliber L.951.6. This is is 24 hours more than the original model. The new movement chronograph is a flyback with a column wheel operator. You can view the beautiful movement through the display back of the watch. No one else makes and decorates a movement quite like Lange.

While the original Datograph was 39mm wide the Datrograph Up/Down for 2012 will be 41mm wide. I appreciate the size increase. At first this Ref. 405.035 watch will be available only in a platinum case. I expect 18k gold versions to follow the year later or soon thereafter. The newer large size will look great I think.

A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down Watch Watch Releases

A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down Watch Watch Releases

In addition to the inclusion of a power reserve indicator the dial has been updated a bit from the original. Most noticeably are the use of all rhodiumed gold baton hour markers. The original Datograph used a few Roman numerals ones. The dial of the watch is solid silver with black application.


The new Datograph Up/Down is not meant to be a revolutionary step up from the Datrograph. The original was very popular but is no longer made. High demand for it prompted the brand to revisit the beautiful model, and Lange wanted to offer collectors what they wanted with a little extra. The new features and size are highly desirable and make for another Datograph very much worth lusting for. It will be matched to a dark blue-gray hand-stitched crocodile strap. Look for it in 2012.

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  • Emma_

    Woow ! I lost in admiration….so beautiful……. Very stylish and wonderful ! i love it <3

  • Woow ! I lost in admiration….so beautiful……. Very stylish and wonderful ! i love it <3

  • Eric S

    There are few watches where I can’t find something I would like to change on them, but this is as close to perfection as it comes IMHO.

  • Kris C

    Agree wholeheartedly with Eric. There is no more powerful a marketing tool in the watch industry than those pictures of the movements on the ALS website.

    Sometimes they tend to be a little on the small side, but I could easily live with 41mm of immaculately finished platinum on my wrist.

  • Stephane Dufresne

    Yup my kind of watch,just the internal movement is a master piece by it self,,

    I have to give it up to the germans,they make flawless products.

    • Kris C

      @Stephane Dufresne Like the ShamWow? I don’t know where I would be without one…

  • cluedog12

    With functional, tasteful updates like this one, the Datograph is well on its way to becoming an icon, much like the Patek 5070. If money was no object, who wouldn’t love to have this watch in their collection?

  • CG

    a classic in the making, slight size increase is needed masculine move, very very nice. My only complaint mght be the banner style name placement. They could almost sell naming rights like stadiums or Vegas.

  • MaltePeters

    Does anyone know if they will release an updated version of the datograph perpetual also in the near future?