Cartier - The New York Watch Auction: SIX New York Saturday, June 11, 2022 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1990s
    Reference No: 811905
    Case No: 000’481
    Model Name: Tank Americaine
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Quartz
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm length x 24mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by a signed letter from Gigi Garner.

  • Catalogue Essay

    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 broader and more robust 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. It has since become a mainstay of Cartier’s collection, with both quartz and manually-wound versions available.

    Spotted on his wrist on many occasions throughout the 1990s and 2000s, this quartz Cartier Tank Americaine in 18K yellow gold was a favorite dress watch of James Garner. It is offered here directly from his daughter, Gigi Garner, and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the James Garner Animal Rescue Fund.


  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 811905
An elegant yellow gold wristwatch with date, formerly owned and worn by James Garner, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the James Garner Animal Rescue Fund

Circa 1990s
40mm length x 24mm width
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.

$1,000 - 2,000 

Sold for $6,048

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The New York Watch Auction: SIX

New York Auction 11-12 June 2022