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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2006
    Reference No: W26055L1
    Movement No: 120
    Case No: 886689CE, 1741
    Model Name: Tank Americaine XL
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2000-1, 20 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36.5mm length x 26.5mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier certificate dated 7th April 2006 stamped Cartier Old Bond Street London, instruction manual and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Cartier Tank was introduced first in 1917, making it one of the earliest serially manufactured wristwatches, while over 80% of the industry were still predominantly manufacturing pocket watches. Since its initial release of the Tank, the model remains in production till date and have since become a pillar model in the lineage of Cartier timepieces.

    In modern times, the Cartier Tank has enjoyed many variations with complicated examples, varying sizes as well as metals. Launched in the early 2000s, the Cartier Tank Americaine 1741 features an oversized case compared to its early releases measuring a “whopping” 36.5mm length x 26.5mm width. However, in today’s trend, the case dimension can only be considered as perfect, as it can be worn by both ladies and gentlemen.

  • 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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Ref. W26055L1
A fine white gold rectangular-shaped wristwatch with center seconds, date, certificate and presentation box

Circa 2006
36.5mm length x 26.5mm width
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$32,000 - 62,000 

Sold for HK$47,880

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020