88 Cartier 16 October 2021 | Monaco

Auction Details

An outstanding selection of 88 fabulous Cartier watches! Collected by a true Gentleman who spent his life in researching and cultivating his passion for the famous French brand. Don’t miss the opportunity to own a piece of history of French Design of the last century!

67 Cartier Paris Fine and Elegant Obus Square-shape Wristwatch in Yellow Gold With Silver Arabic Numbers Dial and Certificate from Cartier

Estimate: € 15,000 –⁠ 30,000

Sold € 35,100

Lot Description

Model: Tank Obus
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1930
Movement: Manual
Case N°: 05719, 23476, 31444
Movement N°: European Watch and Co N°31444
Dimensions: 24 x 28 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Certificate
Literature: Archive's Picture published in “Le Temps de Cartier” by Jader Barracca, Giampiero Negretti and Franco Nencini at page 126.

The renowned Cartier company can look back on a tradition that goes back more than 150 years. It was founded by the jewelry dealer Louis-Francois Cartier in Paris, who initially dealt with antique pocket watches, but soon became a "prime address" for Napoleon III of France. Throughout the years, the brand made a name for itself with its most famous wristwatch, the Tank, in all its multitudinous forms. Released in 1929, the Tank Obus is known for its unusual shape. Unlike other watches in the Tank line, the Obus is square, not the rectangular shape that many collectors have come to expect. But the most distinctive element of this watch is the shape of the lugs, which look nothing more like tiny bullets affixed to the ends of the case. Also the dial is not the tipical Cartier design with roman numbers, in fact it comes with an unusual design with arabic numerals in black and subsidiary seconds at 6 o'clock. Accompained by its original certificate reporting all information of the watch stamped by the maison Cartier, an archive's picture is also Published in “Le Temps de Cartier” by Jader Barracca, Giampiero Negretti and Franco Nencini at page 126.