Ladies Vintage Cartier Tank 18k Yellow Gold Ep Vermeil 17 Jewel Swiss Watch For Sale
holben store The history of the Cartier firm began in 1847 when Louis-Francois Cartier, a master jeweler, established a workshop at 29 rue Montorgueil in Paris. By 1872 his son Alfred had become an associate, bringing his own son (Louis the Second) into the business in 1898. Today, Cartier is one of the premier jewelers in the world.
I am pleased to offer for sale the following vintage ladies Cartier timepiece, a 100% genuine TANK model that dates to the late 1970s and is in great original condition. Folks, everything about this 18kt Yellow Gold electroplated over .925 Sterling Silver watch is original and genuine Cartier, I have put on a new deBeer Paris lizard grain strap but I still have the original band and buckle as well, shown in the last picture below.
Triple-signed for Cartier (case, dial and mechanism), it measures 28mm end to end and 21mm in width (23.5mm with original beaded edge cabochon sapphire crown). This converts to 1-1/8 inches long by 13/16 of an inch wide, not including the original winding crown. My skilled watchmaker David has fully serviced its original Cartier-signed 17 jewel, mechanical wind mechanism to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time.
The 100% original midnight blue enamel finished dial is in very fine overall condition, some fine lines and a couple specks are visible on the enameling (upon inspection with a loupe) but this is normal for this type of enamel glaze dial and it shows very nicely in person, on the wrist. It features original gold Spear-style hands and is signed must de Cartier at the top of the dial and SWISS at the base.
The original solid glass crystal is in excellent condition. The case is 18 Karat Yellow Gold Electroplated over .925 Sterling Silver and is in excellent shape, a classic TANK form that was created by Louis Cartier in 1917. Note the four screws (two on each side) that hold the case sections together.
Its design was inspired by the new Renault-made tanks (and their footprint) Cartier saw in use on the Western Front during WWI. A prototype of this watch was presented to General John (Black Jack) Pershing of the American Expeditionary Force. The original yellow gold beaded edge, cabochon sapphire winding crown is in excellent shape and operates smoothly.
Turning the watch over I note that the back lid retains its original brush, satin finish and is signed Cartier Paris - .925 - ARGENT - PLAQUE OR G 20M - SWISS - 3 125937 . You will also see that it is further stamped with a series of sterling and Swiss hallmarks.
To access the mechanism there are four screws on the side of the case (two on each side) that need to be taken out. Once they are removed you can lift the bezel and then remove the dial/mechanism from the case. The original mechanism is signed Cartier Inc., 78-1, Seventeen 17 Jewels, Swiss. This is a 2512-1 ETA caliber mechanism, very robust and well made.
This watch has been fully serviced and inspected, ensuring that it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time. It is fitted on a new, high quality 15mm black deBeer Paris hand crafted lizard grain band with gold buckle. It will fit a wrist 5-1/2 to 7 inches in size.
Also included is the original very dark blue lizard grain leather band and original Cartier gold finished buckle. They are well used but you could transfer the buckle over to the new band for a nice look (just let me know if you want me to do it before mailing). All in all a great, original Cartier Tank watch that is guaranteed to be 100% as described, 100% genuine but available for a price that will not set you back a few weeks salary like a new one would.
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- In the rare event that a watch needs further service upon receipt, I ask that you return the wristwatch to me (or mailed to my watchmaker, David, in NYC) at my expense. It will be corrected and quickly mailed back to you.
- If you like unique and collectible vintage or antique wristwatches, add me as one of your favorite sellers. I specialize in American and Swiss timepieces from the 1900s to the 1970s. My selection changes weekly, and is comprised of manual wind and automatic watches from the following categories: WWI trench; WWII; military; fancy case, art nouveau; art deco; mid-century modern; stainless steel; sterling silver; white, yellow and rose gold; solid gold; platinum; and diamond, ruby and/or sapphire ladies cocktail watches.
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Our sister store, Holben's Fine Watch Bands, offers an extensive selection of straps including Bonetto Cinturini, deBeer, Di-Modell, Hadley-Roma, Hirsch and Staib; deployment clasps and buckles; metal bracelets; German military Bunds; UTC ballistic nylon G10; open-ended; James Bond striped, leather and woven NATOs; WWII canvas military; genuine and silicone rubber divers; carbon fiber; Kevlar; LORICA; Cordura; GT rally tropic perforated; alligator-, crocodile-, lizard-, ostrich-, shark- and buffalo-grain; chrono sport; riveted; waterproof / water resistant and woven/braided.
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