so ... I tried on the Dato

Feb 09, 2019,16:02 PM

As expected, I am wowed by the Datograph: its heft, its wrist presence, its incomparable movement.  I have stopped short of buying it in the past because it's a big watch, and I have an unusually thin (6") wrist.  Here are photos.  Should I buy this if otherwise smitten?


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You should.

 By: mj23 : February 9th, 2019-16:37
Looks good on you! It’s such an icon. Your OP is also 39mm. 😉

so true! [nt]

 By: Chromatic Fugue : February 9th, 2019-19:33

Yes! Get it!

 By: LS : February 9th, 2019-16:41
also did you take any pics of the movement that you could post?

alas no

 By: Chromatic Fugue : February 9th, 2019-19:34
... I just had my iPhone with me, which couldn't do that movement justice. Trust me, if I buy the watch, I'll waste countless hours shooting the movement with a proper macro lens!

thank you Nicolas ...

 By: Chromatic Fugue : February 9th, 2019-19:35
your sound judgment is always appreciated!

Absolutely go for it!

 By: andyhud : February 9th, 2019-17:15
It looks great on your wrist and is a real icon. If you can, you should.

Thanks! [nt]

 By: Chromatic Fugue : February 9th, 2019-19:35

My wrist is also 6". You'll get used to the Dato's size...

 By: CR : February 9th, 2019-17:15
The lugs do extend beyond the top of the wrist, but it's not at all uncomfortable, and it doesn't look disproportionate. Get it if you love it!! ...  

It looks good on your wrist, I don't think that should cause you hesitation.

 By: Jay (Eire) : February 9th, 2019-17:18
I will say the bezels on the Datograph just seem to be magnets for like swirls and hairlines. This one looks the same as mine, it needs a cleaning!

yes, this one was well-loved by its prior owner.

 By: Chromatic Fugue : February 9th, 2019-19:37
If I buy it, a key part of the deal will be the seller's agreement to send it in to Lange after a few months for service and refinishing.

Yes, it's an easier thing to take care off and you'll have a shiny new looking watch after. Good luck with the decision.

 By: Jay (Eire) : February 10th, 2019-06:02
Here's a shot of mine from a little while back. I agree with you this that the 1815 Chronograph is almost too classic looking, and that the big date on the Datograph helps break that look and make it more interesting and unusual. And the big date is after...  

I'm in the minority about refinishing...

 By: CR : February 10th, 2019-07:39
Unless it was previously polished (which you can usually tell by looking at the lug chamfers), I personally wouldn't refinish the case, though of course I know most others may disagree (especially if the seller agreed to pay for it). Scratches, dings, and... 

Try an 1815 Chronograph first.

 By: galt : February 9th, 2019-18:31
Same view from the caseback but thinner. You may feel more comfortable with it on your wrist.

great observation

 By: Chromatic Fugue : February 9th, 2019-19:50
I came close to buying an 1815 chrono last year; a beautiful model. I have three reasons for preferring the Dato. First, it's available in platinum, and I don't think the 1815 chrono is; I've never owned a platinum watch, and I'm drawn to the sheer heft. ...  

Big date driven balance

 By: galt : February 10th, 2019-08:17
I suppose one advantage of the Dato is that the big date seems to balance the sunken subdials on the dial.

Go for it such a great looking + iconic piece.

 By: Tegis : February 10th, 2019-04:38
Iam also in the small wrist club and yes it looks slightly big from some angles but not uncomfartbly so. If i get the resources to get one in the future i will be a happy man and wear it proudly.

I think it looks great on your wrist...

 By: Dave G : February 10th, 2019-04:47
I love the heft of mine. It can be a bit top heavy with just the pin buckle. I considered buying the deployant to balance but the prices are dear. In the end, I wear it often and the feel and look work for me. Dave ...  

The Dato wears smaller than the 39mm would suggest

 By: donizetti : February 10th, 2019-06:23
(Which is one reason I switched to the Dato Perp) and it looks fine on you - I’d buy it, it’s a classic! Best Andreas

If You Purchase...

 By: Uncle Chico : February 10th, 2019-06:35
I'd love to see some before and after photos. I have a similar opportunity and have heard ALS does an incredible job on restoration.

True icon

 By: serg70 : February 10th, 2019-06:44
and my fav chronograph so far WBR Serge

It just fits

 By: COUNT DE MONET : February 10th, 2019-08:24
A Dato is per se not a big watch, so people should not think you are showing off.


 By: Pedro_Ramos : February 10th, 2019-11:58
Great iconic timepiece, hopefully will get mine this year. Get it, you will enjoy it! Thanks for sharing!