Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 October 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

One of the finest selections of vintage and contemporary watches we were able to put together. We tried to do our best to offer you extremely rare and well preserved collectable pieces of the best manufactures.

Session I: Saturday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 104
Session II: Sunday 23 October, 10:30 AM – lots 105 to 179
Session III: Sunday 23 October, 2:30 PM – lots 180 to 271

223 Cartier Fascinating and Glamorous, Tank Obus, Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Roman Enamel Numbers Bezel, with Yellow Gold Bracelet

Estimate: € 5,000 –⁠ 10,000

Model: Obus Quadrant
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1980s
Movement: Quartz
Case N°: A100721
Dimensions: 19 × 19 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

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. The present example of Obus is one of the most interesting since it is the version with a very wide bezel. The yellow-gold case with the oval lugs is nicely preserved and the bid bezel offers the gorgeous decoration with radial Roman numerals in a vivid blue champlevé enamel. The mat white dial is clean with only the “Cartier” and “Paris” signature while the hands are blued steel épée ones. Despite being one of the very rare specimens of Tank, the present lot is also extremely desirable since it comes with its original yellow-gold bracelet.