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The Sports Lange: Odysseus

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Somehow oxymoron doesn’t quite cover it. The lauded German manufacture synonymous with the very height of haute horology is now making a sports watch sold on rubber. I just hope they’re not 20 years too late. The Odysseus is as impressive as it is divisive, arguably the most contentious release of the last decade. I will admit, at first sight, I hated the model. The lug transition, asymmetric profile, and entire concept seemed poorly judged to me. But, like a strange variety of Stockholm Syndrome, I’m growing steadily more attracted to Lange’s offering by the day. Not all designs I love today appealed to me at the start. But this may be the first ever wristwatch that I fully hated to start and have slowly grown to adore.

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As in all Langes, the beauty is more than skin deep. There’s no shortage of attention to detail in the Odysseus either. The mildly-modern 40.5mm case sports their first screw-down crown, day display, red 12 accent, and luminous indices. Its movement is a brilliantly engineered (to be more robust) and finished 28800 vph escapement with a 50 hour reserve, which is a sweet spot for an automatic. The finishing standard hasn’t been relaxed in the slightest. This is still a monumental case back. Despite its modern silhouette and integrated bracelet, the watch is unmistakably a Lange.

That’s a good thing, particularly in today’s crowded new generation sports watch market. I tend to think of the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo, Moser Streamliner, Czapek Antarctique as the modern holy trinity. However, in 2020, I think the market is more of a sacred quartet. This is the undeniable fourth entrant, deserving a place amongst its peers. I cannot make everyone see the light I have seen. If you find the Odysseus ugly and have not shifted in the slightest, I sympathize. But if you’ve come to love its eccentricity and oxymoronic statement, I sympathize even more strongly.

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This Odysseus show here today is the white gold rubber strapped variant. I don’t think any other combination encapsulates the model’s mixed emotions so well. I can count on one hand the number of watches in WG offered on rubber. This slate grey dial variant is, to my eye, a more attractive brother to the navy. Navy sports, today, is just too common in my opinion. If I were chosing an Odysseus, I would look here. The watch is retailed with a full set in new condition from trusted retailer K2.

Find this Odysseus here from K2 for 56000 USD.