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Why We Love It
Cartier has a renowned reputation for making timeless and elegant wristwatches for over a century.
The Tank Louis Cartier doesn't need much of an introduction. Its design language has remained largely unchanged since its inception in 1917. Everyone from Andy Warhol to Marlon Brando has worn the Tank, making it relevant in pop-culture and fashion iconography.
This particular example in its larger than usual "jumbo" configuration is appropriate for any wrist, regardless of size. The watch also features a Jaeger-LeCoultre automatic winding movement - a bit of a departure from the typically manually-wound tank, but a welcome one!
This unusual iteration of the Tank Louis upholds the legend, adding increased wearability and versatility.
It is sure to be a treasured edition to any collection.
Despite being a purveyor of haute joaillerie, Cartier has had a long tradition of making watches.
It started in 1907, when founder Louis Cartier made what was arguably the very first wristwatch for his friend Alberto Santos-Dumont. In the following years, the brand made a name for itself with its most famous wristwatch, the Tank, in all its multitudinous forms.
Cartier introduced the Tank in 1917, with a run of six pieces - given, or so the legend goes, to American General Joseph Pershing and his staff. The design of the Tank was inspired by the Renault FT-17 tanks Cartier seen on the battlefields of World War I. Cartier took the look of the Renault tank's treads and applied it to the lugs, which were integrated via brancards into the case itself. That first run of six pieces increased to thirty-three by 1920, and by the end of the 20th Century, that number stood well in the hundreds of thousands. In sheer volume alone, the Tank - in all its various models - is Cartier's largest line of watches.
The Tank Louis was introduced in 1922, following close on the heels of the Asian-influenced Tank Chinoise. The Tank Chinoise, released amidst a mania for jewelry inspired by the Orient, has a square rather than rectangular case and lugs that resemble the portico of a Chinese pagoda.
From its debut, it would see many variations, each in keeping with Louis Cartier’s taste for clean lines and perfect symmetry. Each variant, from the original Tank, Tank Louis or the Cintrée with its flirtatious, curvaceous lines, had its passionate devotees. Rudolph Valentino, that sensual star of the silver screen, insisted on wearing his Tank onscreen in The Son of the Sheik, and Clark Gable, Andy Warhol, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were among those who sported a Tank throughout the years.
18k Yellow Gold case is approximately 28mm x 35mm (excluding the crown). Automatic-winding movement. Circa 1980s.
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing light, normal wear consistent with age and use. Non-luminous white dial is in excellent condition with printed Roman numerals and blued steel handset. Blue sapphire cabochon crown.
Includes Analog/Shift “Murdock” leather strap with gold plated pin buckle.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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