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Cartier. A very rare 18k Gold Rectangular Reversible Wristwatch
Cartier. A very rare 18k Gold Rectangular Reversible Wristwatch

SIGNED CARTIER, FRANCE, TANK BASCULANTE MODEL, MOVEMENT SIGNED EUROPEAN WATCH & CLOCK CO. INC., CASE NO. 32359, CIRCA 1930

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Cartier. A very rare 18k Gold Rectangular Reversible Wristwatch
Signed Cartier, France, Tank Basculante Model, Movement Signed European Watch & Clock Co. Inc., Case No. 32359, Circa 1930
Mechanical movement, 18 jewels, silvered dial, painted black Roman numerals, rectangular case secured by four screws in the band, crown at 12 o'clock, pivoting lengthwise within a gold frame, all hinged into the plain backplate, movement signed by maker, dial signed by retailer, case hand stamped with cartier numbers
37.5 mm. overall lenght

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Lot Essay

With Cartier red presentation box.

This watch is an early and rare example of the Cartier Basculante model, furthermore reaching us in truly original, unmolested condition. Exquisitely art deco, the ingenious design allows for the case to be turned backside up. This secondary configuration has the double advantage of offering extra protection to the dial, and of giving the possibility to the wearer to show a hypothetical engraving on the caseback.
This design is so timeless that Cartier re-introduced it to the market in the early 2000s. Of course, to a collector the original model, such as the present lot, will prove immensely more satisfying and rewarding.

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