Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 19, 2023

LOT 174


EUR 10,000 - 20,000

USD 10,800 - 21,500 / HKD 84,000 - 168,000 / CHF 9,900 - 19,800

Sold: EUR 14,300

Very fine and very rare, platinum, manual-winding, curvex, vertical rectangular-shaped, gentleman's wristwatch, cabochon sapphire-set octagonal winding-crown, silver colour guilloché (engine-turned) dial with painted radial Roman numerals, secret Cartier signature on the VII.

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Cartier, Paris

Model "Tank Américaine"; "CPCP" (Collection Privée Cartier Paris)

Reference 1734 A

Year circa 1998-2007

Movement No. 1 309

Material platinum

Bracelet leather strap

Buckle 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp

Caliber 430MC, 18 jewels

Dimensions 45 x 26 mm.

Weight 84.3 gr. (approx.)

Signature dial, case and movement


Designed in 1917 by Louis Cartier, the "Tank" is probably the most emblematic model from the Cartier manufacture. It was introduced in 1918, and entered full production in 1919, when six pieces were built. Its lines and proportion are inspired by the Renault tanks used on the Western Front during the First World War.

Several variations of the watch have been released by Cartier, including the "Tank Louis" in 1922, the "Tank Américaine" in 1989, and the "Tank Française" in 1996.

The "Tank Américaine" has known many variations. It was initially equipped with a quartz movement. But, in 1993, it came into its own, with the introduction of the large size measuring 44 mm. lug-to-lug (the first "Américaine" references were smaller at 42 mm. lug-to-lug), which was powered by a manual-winding movement.

The Ref. 1734 A is the platinum version of the Ref. 1730 family.