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    10 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 172

    CARTIER. AN 18K GOLD WRISTWATCH

    SIGNED CARTIER, PARIS, TANK MODEL, CASE NO. 780869060, CIRCA 1978

    Price Realised  

    CARTIER. AN 18K GOLD WRISTWATCH
    SIGNED CARTIER, PARIS, TANK MODEL, CASE NO. 780869060, CIRCA 1978
    Nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, glycudur balance, silvered matte dial, Roman numerals, rectangular case, sapphire-set crown, back secured by four screws, case, dial and movement signed, 18k gold Ardillon buckle
    30 mm length


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    Accompanied by an undated Cartier International Guarantee, red leather presentation box, leather envelope and outer packaging.

    Designed in 1917 by Louis Cartier, the grandson of founder Louis-Francois Cartier, the unique Tank watch was modeled after the horizontal section of the Renault military tank used by the French in the First World War. The rigid yet elegant style made a clean break from the trends of the time and the watch was instantly recognized as a modern classic. The first prototype of the Tank was given to General John Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe. The original Tank Louis Cartier would inspire other Cartier classics including the Tank Francaise, the Tank Americaine, and the Tank Divan. Cartier first sold the Tank Louis Cartier in 1919. 2009 celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the Tank model.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.