Cartier Tank Louis Manual Wind -1940s
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Cartier Tank Louis Manual Wind -1940s

Icon may be an overused term when it comes to vintage wristwatches, but there is no debating its proper application in this instance.  The Tank Louis Cartier is one of the most highly coveted and copied watches of the 20th Century, and has a design which is indisputably timeless.

Taking its inspiration from the Renault FT-17 light tanks of the First World War, the Tank is in many ways the most simple of dress watch designs, a major reason for its continued popularity.   With defining features including a rectangular dial, bold Roman numeral markers and blued steel sword hands, "la Tank" was an evolution of style, and has been a staple for the modern gentleman since 1922.

Dating from approximately 1942, this particular example features an18k solid gold case, a manually-winding movement, and its original (and unaltered) dial, which is an unusual find in an example of this age.  Better still, a rare gold octagonal crown is in place of the traditional sapphire cabochon found across the Tank line.  We've had experts weigh in on this, and speculate that the cabochon may have been hard to come by during the war years, and that this one may have been installed at the factory without one.  Either way, this is an incredible example of an early Tank with loads of history. 

If you're going after a proper vintage dress watch, you'd do well to consider this honest and rare example of Cartier's masterpiece design!

Details

Gold case is approximately 21mm by 28mm (excluding the crown). Dates to approximately 1942.

Overall condition: Case is in very good condition overall, showing only light wear consistent with age. Original painted cream-colored dial is good condition with small chipping on the bottom right corner. Roman numeral hour markers on dial and original blued steel hands are in excellent condition with no loss of color. Octagonal gold crown with no sapphire cabochon. Caseback stamped with "G" Hallmark and Swiss Gold 750 Hallmark.

Includes genuine Cartier strap with gold tone buckle (differs from pictured).

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