Cartier Tank Obus

Cartier Tank Obus

Why We Love It

What can we say about Cartier? For over a century, the brand has established a reputation for elegance and refinement. Clark Gable, Rudolph Valentino, and Andy Warhol have all strapped Cartier watches to their wrists.

We’ve offered a dozen or so Cartiers over the years, but most of them have been rectangular… but this one isn’t.

What we offer here is a Tank Obus. With its square case and bullet-shaped lugs, it’s not your average Tank. But every element of the watch, from the lugs to the patinated white dial, was crafted with a care and attention that one can only say is Cartier.

The Story

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. Throughout the years, the brand made a name for itself with its most famous wristwatch, the Tank, in all its multitudinous forms.

One of these is the Obus.

Released in 1929, the Tank Obus is known for its unusual shape. Unlike other watches in the Tank line, the Obus is square, not the rectangular shape that many collectors have come to expect. But the most distinctive element of this watch is the shape of the lugs, which look nothing more like tiny bullets affixed to the ends of the case.


SKU: AS02245

18k yellow gold case is approximately 23mm X 30mm (excluding crown). Circa 1940s.

Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with some signs of use and wear throughout. Dial is in very good condition with signs of patina throughout. Case back has some signs of use and wear but is in otherwise very good condition. Cabochon crown.

Includes one 15mm black lizard strap with deployant clasp.

More pieces you may enjoy

Rolex Day-Date Baguette
Ref. 18238 With Factory 'Baguette' Diamond Indices Circa 1989
$ 33,000.00
Rolex Lady Datejust
Ref. 179160 Circa 2006-2007
$ 4,450.00
Rolex Datejust
Ref. 1600 Circa 1960
$ 6,950.00
Rolex Cellini King Midas
Ref. 4315 Circa 1976
$ 21,450.00


Thank you for your interest in the Tudor Oysterdate Big Rose. Please fill out the form below and we will get back to you shortly.


Our Pledge

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.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options