Lange vs Patek comparison

Jan 18, 2022,18:28 PM

Yet more of this most excellent watch, the first gen DS, reportedly the best finishing Lange has ever done, and compared to the Patek 5170p.

This was another exercise done for a watch group I recently joined, I do hope you enjoy and would very much appreciate your thoughts and comments on what you see.

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 By: afaleh : January 18th, 2022-18:33

What a feast!

 By: amanico : January 18th, 2022-18:40

Just wonderful to see these two compared to one another, thank you for posting this.

 By: g_schroder : January 19th, 2022-15:31
Both are absolutely wonderful and unique in their own way. I have to admit, while I find the Lange to be a more pleasing view primarily due to the use of German silver and the hand engraved balance cock, beyond that I'm in the camp that says the two are f... 

Thx for pics. Not surprised tho.

 By: enjoythemusic : January 18th, 2022-18:57
Yes, makes sense why great craftspeople are starting / joining 'smaller' independents. It truly does bring joy that impressively talented parts and watchmakers are now able to produce the quality they know is possible beyond typical 'corporate standards'.... 

Both are excellent! But keep in mind of the material differences!

 By: patrick_y : January 18th, 2022-19:51
Keep in mind, Lange movement parts are made of German Silver which is a material where a higher polish is able to be achieved, compared to the rhodium plated brass movement parts that Geneve style manufacturers use. Thus, a comparison between the two isn'... 

Yes! You're right!

 By: patrick_y : January 18th, 2022-20:12
The thickness gives a special rigidity among other things. Finishing ultra-thin movement parts is exceptionally difficult, as the parts are so thin that you don't want to damage them or distort them while finishing them. Neither of these are ultra-thin mo... 

WOW! Amazing set of pictures! Thanks for this!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : January 18th, 2022-20:15

I love (and own) both brands, and these chronos are both beautiful. In this comparison, Lange wins hands down.

 By: houstonian : January 18th, 2022-20:22
But a fairer comparison would probably be 5170 vs 2nd Gen 1815 chrono. Introduced around the same time and same level of complications.

Yes, I think it would too.

 By: houstonian : January 18th, 2022-20:35


 By: amanico : January 19th, 2022-03:35

i hadn't realized how patek so often avoids sharp inward angles until you all educated me on it

 By: Francoamerican : January 18th, 2022-20:51
Vacheron is currently better it appears in an apples to apples comparison. Lange is of course a wonderful "orange."

there aren't many - but at least they are there

 By: Francoamerican : January 19th, 2022-03:32
i count 2 or 4 on the lange depending on how you count.

The way Patek avoids having those sharp inward chamfers is really blatant too...

 By: Zarium : January 22nd, 2022-07:27
And it's not like it's a recent practice. But their most recent movements are especially egregious; see pics attached. The 31-260 is incredibly cheesy in its execution of avoiding as much as possible having internal anglage, to the point it feels like the...  

Such a shame when something is supposed to represent the platonic ideal

 By: Francoamerican : January 22nd, 2022-17:53
It makes you wonder how much theyre able to automate in the new facilities they’ve built.

Patek is nice but The Lange is on another level

 By: descartes1 : January 18th, 2022-23:04
Also, I don’t understand why Patek puts a cap on the column wheel. It’s one of the most fascinating parts of the movement. Why cover it? The cap looks like something unappealing is being hidden and there’s nothing attractive or interesting about it. ... 

If I'm recalling correctly, it's a historical artifact -- one of the requirements for the Geneva Seal

 By: Zarium : January 22nd, 2022-07:34
Something about column wheels having to be capped or nicely decorated in some manner, not simply left unadorned. Vacheron Constantin's chronograph column wheels aren't capped like Patek's are, yet have the Geneva Seal, though, so I'm sure there's somethin... 

Just going to throw this out there: don't see what you guys are seeing

 By: mafoofan : January 18th, 2022-23:29
It seems to be the internet-wide default position that Lange finishing is better than Patek's. Maybe true, maybe not. However, when I look at photos like these, I don't see any observable difference in finishing quality. Yes, the style is very different, ... 

the position that Lange is better finished than Patek (at this price point) is based on a number of factors but one such example is

 By: Francoamerican : January 19th, 2022-03:53
the position that Lange is better finished than Patek (at this price point) is based on a number of factors but one such example is Philippe Dufour asserting Lange was the best finished production watches (or some such). I also personally see the anglage ... 

primarily i'm appealing to a qualified authority

 By: Francoamerican : January 19th, 2022-04:25
but that patek has no inward angles on their new mid range movements whereas vacheron does (as does this lange) is pretty specific. Patek had inward angles on the 5070g. Also the width of the anglage i guess i'd need to highlight where the width of the pa... 

Hi Mafoofan, I think the easiest way to start to see what we see is to watch videos of these magnificent beauties.

 By: houstonian : January 20th, 2022-02:58
Seeing them in 3D is far better than a flat photo from directly above. I don’t think I can post links (bc it’s sales) but google old sales videos from a well known online reseller… forward to the points where inevitably he turns the watch over and talks a... 

I’ve seen many videos and examined the watches in person.

 By: mafoofan : January 20th, 2022-06:22
I’m less interested in overall impressions, which are prone to style preferences, and more interested in specific details that folks feel distinguish the quality of finishing execution between one movement and the other.

I'm curious about specifics too, just to learn about the differences...

 By: CR : January 22nd, 2022-17:45
Whenever anyone says "a Lange ___ movement needs to be compared with an equivalent Patek ___" movement, I wonder, "Exactly how much time, effort, and skill does it take to build and finish each of those supposedly comparable movements?" I'm less intereste... 

Wow. Glad I clicked on this thread

 By: Nicetomeetyou : January 19th, 2022-00:50
I’ve heard the only sad thing about Lange movements is that the patina on the german silver disappears upon factory servicing.

Great discussion guys

 By: afaleh : January 19th, 2022-06:08
Really glad we have this discussion going, I am learning quite a bit as I read through these response and online articles. Let’s keep going with more specifics please

Great photos and an interesting topic

 By: russell996 : January 19th, 2022-08:38
A better comparison I venture to suggest is to compare the 5370 movement to the Double split. The 5370, and all the more complicated pieces above it in the Patek Grand Complications line up, are double assembled just like the Lange and the finishing is su... 

Brilliantly taken macros.....

 By: Rhyzen : January 19th, 2022-14:57
.... Where every single detail is under scrutiny. Lange is clearly in a class of its own.

If this is going to be the comparison,

 By: Time to watch : January 19th, 2022-21:31
I will say that I’d take the finishing and wearability and dial beauty of the Patek over the Lange. Sure I have a horse in this race, but my decision was based on the above. Finishing alone is not the end all be all. Patek excels in the total package. I f... 

Good points.

 By: houstonian : January 20th, 2022-02:38
I agree that Patek dials and case shapes are generally more creative and more artistic than Lange, and I typically find them more attractive. It seems like some are offended if Patek isn’t voted best in every area. In the area that OP was asking about (mo... 

But no brand is ahead in every area.

 By: Time to watch : January 20th, 2022-03:50
There are always compromises that have to be made. Lange is not only ahead in movement finishing but also in price. Most Langes offer great value when compared to similar pieces from their competitors. An 1815 chrono vs a 5170 is an example.

Was at the AD the other day

 By: montecristo#2 : January 21st, 2022-13:05
Had my Gen 1 Datograph on and had the opportunity to compare to a Patek 5960. I would pick the Lange as better across the board. Design, feel, presence, dial, movement, finishing…. It is basically a rout. Of course a lot of this is personal preference of ... 

Completely agree.

 By: houstonian : January 21st, 2022-20:44
Few things in life are better than a Gen 1 Dato. As for Dato vs 5170p, a much harder decision. Dato wins the movement and the 5170 wins dial and case (for me).