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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1998
    Reference No: 1734
    Case No: GC11732
    Model Name: Tank Americaine
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 430 MC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier buckle
    Dimensions: 45mm x 26.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.
    Accessories: With Cartier International Warranty dated July 15, 1998 and signed Concessionnaire Agrée, Modena, 2013 Cartier International Service invoice, red leather Cartier folder and product literature

  • Catalogue Essay

    Cartier has always been associated with exquisite craftsmanship and elegant designs that have for a century attracted royalty, movie stars, sports celebrities and everyday clientele. Their jewelry and timepieces became recognizable in the market, and one of the most innovative wristwatches was the “Tank”. Introduced in 1917, the design took its inspiration from the top view of the very first Renault military tank vehicle deployed that same year. Today, it has become an icon in haute horlogerie for its classic design and wearability. Over the ensuing 100 years, the basic foundation of the watch has remained the same, but with changing fashions and styles, so too did the Tank watch. In 1921, Cartier introduced the Tank Cintrée a long slender wristwatch with gracefully arching case that measured a dramatic 46mm long by 23mm wide. The design broke the mold for the typical round watch. In 1989, Cartier updated the elegance of the Cintrée with the release of the Tank Americaine, a modern wristwatch with stronger, more masculine dimensions than the Cintrée. A milestone in the evolution of the Tank, the Tank Americaine was the very first curved Tank watch from Cartier to be designed with a water resistant case.

    The present example is in excellent overall condition with a crisp case and its original factory finish. The white guilloché dial displays Cartier’s traditional Roman numerals and secret signature at the 7 o’clock. Accompanied by its original international guarantee certificate, this is an exciting opportunity for all collectors to own a noteworthy variant of the famous Tank that has been worn by kings, queens, and the Hollywood elite for decades.

  • 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. 1734
A very fine and attractive oversized platinum rectangular-shaped wristwatch accompanied with original guarantee

Circa 1998
45mm x 26.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $17,500

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STYLED. Timeless Watches & How to Wear Them

New York Auction 5 December 2018