Cartier - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1975
    Case No: 7980 and 229
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Cartier buckle
    Dimensions: 32mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Consigned by the original owner in Geneva who purchased the present watch at the Geneva Cartier boutique in the 1970s, the present watch is a marvel of a bygone era, preserved in excellent and impressive condition. Having never seen any intervention or polishing throughout its lifetime, the case is designed in a "disco-volante" like manner, recalling the 1950s and 1960s. The dial furthermore displays oversized numerals and a guilloché pattern.

    The present example of the model impresses with the superb condition of the case. A crisp hallmark is present on the side of the lugs. Most interestingly, the top of the bezel displays a fine vertical finish, with gives dimension to the watch and would have disappeared with the slightest polishing The dial as well is absolutely unrestored and well-preserved and does not display no signs of aging.

  • Artist Biography



    With the Constitution of 1848 came a new standard for luxury in France. Founded one year prior by Louis-Francois Cartier, the house of Cartier was one of the first to use platinum in jewelry making. This incredibly expensive material became the stepping-stone for Cartier to experiment in form, mechanisms and attitude. It helped men move from pocket watches to wristwatches, effectively making the watch much more functional and prominent in a man's overall wardrobe.

    Cartier did not only touch on functionality. Inspired by a commissioned painting by George Barbier featuring a black panther at the feet of an elegantly bejeweled woman, Cartier began incorporating wild animals in his designs—most notably, Cartier Panthère rings, bangle bracelets and watches. Yet it wasn't until the late 1960s that the house of Cartier debuted their iconic yellow and rose gold LOVE collection, which includes the famous bracelet that only a special screwdriver can open. 

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A charming and extremely well-preserved yellow gold wristwatch

Circa 1975
32mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF8,000 - 16,000 

Sold for CHF21,420

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022