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Cartier Tank Louis - 'London'

Sale price$23,950.00 USD

The Cartier Tank was one of the first wristwatches. Full stop!

Inspired by the Renault Tanks used on the battlefield in WWI - yes, thats a true story - the Cartier Tank Louis is one of the worlds most iconic watch designs, and well over one hundred-years old at that. Revolutionary at the time - Cartier took the look of the tank's perpendicular treads and integrated it to the lugs, by way of brancards making it part of the case itself. Over the 20th Century, the Tank became the watch to wear. Silent movie stars like Rudolph Valentino, artists like Andy Warhol, and even Jackie Kennedy were all fans of the signature timepiece from the King of Jewelers and the Jeweler of Kings.

The model was first introduced in a few different case shapes which bore different names that intertwine with the inspiration behind them. 

Perhaps the most significant, well-known, and debatably desirable of these first pieces, the Tank Louis Cartier, was introduced in 1922 and was named after Louis Cartier himself. When people think of a Cartier Tank, theres a good change that this is the model that comes to mind.

The Tank that we have here is a variation of that original model — though with a few very subtle differences than most Tank LCs...

It dates to circa 1965 and features a 23mm x 31mm rectangular case housing a later white dial with printed black 'Roman' numeral indices, a blued-steel 'sword' handset, and that blue sapphire cabochon crown that is forever associated with the Tank, but also a few hallmarks on the inside that signify that this piece was retailed at Cartier in London — giving it the colloquial name "London Tank."

It remains in honest condition with an untouched dial, case showing normal wear, and comes fitted to a Cartier signed strap with a period yellow gold deployant clasp.

Yellow Gold 1965 Manual Dress

"As collectors themselves, Oliver and Clarke are on a mission to make buying vintage watches as painless as possible."

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From Rolex & Patek Philippe, to Cartier & Audemars Piguet. As collectors first, we love the small details that separate the Submariner from Daytona and Calatrava from Royal Oak. This is why you'll find our curated assortment spans decades of generations of models and brands. We believe that watches don't just tell time, they tell history - and life is too short to wear a boring watch.

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