|Material:||18kt yellow gold|
|Dial Color:||Creme white|
|Dimensions:||29.5 mm x 22 mm|
|Bracelet/Strap:||strap with 18kt yellow gold deployment buckle|
|Box/Paper:||Handmade Leather Travel Pouch|
Louis Cartier designed the Tank in 1917. An Icon was born. The Cartier Tank Louis Cartier, or the LC Tank as collectors and connoisseurs like to refer to it. With its smoother and rounder lines, it followed the Tank Normale in 1919, and it was the second Tank that Cartier ever launched. It became the jewel in the crown of the entire watch collection of Cartier. So the Tank turned 100 last year. The first prototype was presented as a gift to the American general Pershing, a few years before the watch was put on the market in 1919. The design is inspired by the caterpillars of tanks.
Characteristic of the Tank is that the band starters of this watch are fully integrated in the housing, with the watch band seamlessly merging into the band starters. The design of the rectangular watch and the sleek design make this watch very popular with the unconventional customers. The Tank has certainly retained its distinctive identity over the years.
Nowadays very complicated watches are built with triple tourbillions or triple chronographs. The Tank on the other hand is not a very complicated watch. Its powers lies in its simplicity . While the Tank Louis Cartier with its mechanical or quartz time only caliber, is just a very straight forward, good looking watch. Exclusively build in precious metals and always set with a sapphire in the crown, the Tank Louis Cartier is a statement, like no other watch in the collection is. It is not only recognized by the Kings and Queens but also artists like Andy Warhol, Clarke Gable and Duke Ellington were often spotted with a Tank watch. It is also often the watch of choice by those people who prefer to have only one watch in their lives, they wear the Tank Louis Cartier day in and day out and see their Tank as part of their personality. The Tank Louis Cartier is often seen amongst industry leaders, fashion designers and in general, among people that like to dress stylish and have a certain taste for timeless objects.
What sets this watch apart? This is a late 90s early 2000 Collection Privée Cartier Paris (CPCP) Louis Tank small. Look at the beautiful dial! It has a 18k Yellow Gold case with stunning guilloché white-grained Roman numeral dial with Cartier Paris' signature and sword shaped blue steel hands. Many of Cartier’s early 20th-century watches had the word “PARIS” inscribed underneath the brand name, which gave the dial something extra that became much-sought after by collectors. In response, Cartier added the same word to almost all CPCP watches. It features the very slim Cartier Movement: caliber 021 MC manual wind 17 jewel movement signed CARTIER by Fréderique Piguet, a really nice mechanical hand wound movement. The Tank comes with polished tank case, its case back affixed with four screws and also 4 screws that hold a genuine Cartier black crocodile strap, signed Cartier, with signed solid 18k gold Cartier ardillon folding buckle. The Tank Louis has a18K yellow gold round, refined beaded crown set with a faceted sapphire cabochon. This classic dress watch is in overall excellent and, I believe, unpolished original condition.
Case dimensions: 29.5 mm x 22 mm, thickness: 4.5 mm. Water-resistant to 30 meters/100 feet.
Inscriptions case back: NO003 CC mécanique 18K 1600B