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!

82 Cartier Paris Attractive Mini Tank Rectangular-Shape Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With Silver Arabic and Baton Numerals Dial

Estimate: € 3,000 –⁠ 6,000

Sold € 6,500

Lot Description

Model: Mini Tank
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1940's
Movement: Manual
Case N°: 64004
Movement N°: Duoplan LeCoultre
Dimensions: 15 x 30 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

The Cartier Tank was invented in 1917 on the basis of the Renault FT-17 tank. One of the first prototypes was given to the American general John Pershing in 1918 but this model only made its world debut in 1919 with just 6 pieces available. At the beginning of the ’20s his popularity raised considerably enough to push Cartier to increase production numbers. Among the most sought after Tank those proceeded in the 1940’s still maintain a lot of charm and interest for collectors and passionates. The present specimen is one of these creations and is even more interesting since is a “Mini” version produced in reduced size and duo plan charge with back winder. The two body case is in yellow gold and despite its age, the conditions of preservation have to be admired. The white dial with baton and arabic numerlas shows a charming patina inner minutes track represented by a single and thin line.