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Geneva, Nov 14, 2009

LOT 130

Tank Cartier, ?Tank?, No. 27372/ 24081/ 662. The case with London import marks for 1932-1933. Very fine and very rare, early water-resistant, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with an 18K yellow gold tile-link bracelet with concealed deployant clasp. Accompanied by a Cartier box.

CHF 12,000 - 18,000

USD 12,000 - 18,000 / EUR 8,000 - 12,000

Sold: CHF 39,600

C. Four-body, rectangular, with special double case system for water-resistance, polished and brushed, flat bezel, inclined sides, back with four screws, inner case surrounded by a rubber seal between the inner and outer cases, curved lugs with gold screwed bars. D. Matte silver with black painted radial Roman numerals. Blued steel Breguet hands. M. 8???, European Watch & Clock Co., Inc, rhodium plated, fausses cotes decoration, straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance with 8 adjustments, blued steel flat balance spring, index regulator. Dial and case signed Cartier, movement signed European Watch & Clock Co., Inc. Dim. 37 x 25 mm. Thickness 7 mm. Approx. overall length 175 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-6-01


Slightly oxidized

HANDS Original


Rectangular ?waterproof? wristwatches by Cartier are extremely rare. They first appeared in 1931 and up to 1933 only 10 pieces were made, six waterproof Tanks and four waterproof rectangular models.
For another example of this model see: Antiquorum, The Magical Art of Cartier, Geneva, November 19, 1996, lot 316.