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Cartier. A very fine, rare and attractive platinum rectangular wristwatch
Cartier. A very fine, rare and attractive platinum rectangular wristwatch
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CARTIERPlatinum Tank
Cartier. A very fine, rare and attractive platinum rectangular wristwatch

SIGNED CARTIER, TANK NORMALE MODEL, MOVEMENT SIGNED E.W. C. CO. INC., CASE NOS. 20245 / 10729, CIRCA 1920

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Cartier. A very fine, rare and attractive platinum rectangular wristwatch
Signed Cartier, Tank Normale model, movement signed E.W. C. Co. Inc., case nos. 20245 / 10729, circa 1920
Movement: 9''', manual, 19 jewels, signed E.W.C. Co. Inc.
Dial: signed Cartier
Case: cabochon sapphire-set crown, back secured by four gold screws in the side, 23 mm. wide, 31 mm. length, case hand-stamped with Cartier reference numbers, inside case stamped 10'729
With: associated platinum mesh bracelet and clasp, overall length of bracelet approximately 160 mm., the clasp punched 'Pm'

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The present "Tank" is a fine example of Cartier’s most famous wristwatches, originally inspired by the Renault tanks that the firm's founder Louis Cartier had seen in use on the Western Front during the First World War. The model was introduced in 1918, entering full production in 1919, when six pieces were made.

The original prototype watch was given by Louis Cartier to the American General, John Pershing. One of the great design classics of the 20th century, the Tank is both a square and a rectangle at the same time. The Tank watch is defined by its bold Roman numeral dial with a railway minute ring and a sapphire cabochon-set winding crown.

A similar watch is illustrated in: Cartier The Tank Watch, Franco Cologni, 1998, p. 185. & Le Temps de Cartier, Barracca, Negretti & Nencini, 1989, p. 207.

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