Designed personally by Louis Cartier in 1912 and patterned after a tortoise, the Tortue went on to become a Cartier classic that is still made today. The new ladies Tortue retails for $11,900 and doesn't have the charm of this vintage original.
Today's offering showcases this beautiful and all original Certified Pre-Owned vintage example. It features an iconic solid 18K gold tortue case, classic white Roman dial with steel hands, sapphire topped crown.
Powering it is a handwound Cartier mechanism. Before cost-cutting measures brought about the widespread use of cheaper quartz movements for certain wristwatches, Cartier utilized Swiss-crafted mechanical movements. Because of this extra care and craftsmanship, Cartier wristwatches with mechanical movements are often considered more desirable than their quartz counterparts.
We were fortunate to acquire the watch with fully Cartier parts even down to the strap and original solid 18K gold buckle (the buckle itself is a $500+ value). The only replacement part is one small case screw. The Cartier band appears to be in new or mint condition.
It is in gorgeous condition. The case presents as just short of mint with signs of polishing to the back.
The dial has just been restored by one of the leading dial experts in North America.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Model: Ladies Tank (Mechanical)
Serial no.: 878154
Functions: Hours, Minutes
Designed for: Women
Case material: 18K gold
Case markings (outside): Cartier, Swiss, 878154, 18K Swiss precious metal hallmark - note that the markings are only partially visible from previous polishing
Case condition: Beautiful condition. Signs of polishing to the back. On the wrist it presents as mint.
Dimensions: 23mm x 31mm.
Dial: White with painted black radial Roman numerals, secret Cartier signature at 7. Steel feuille hands. Very well-restored.
Hands: Original, steel 'feuilles'
Movement type: Signed Cartier, mechanical, manually wound, 17 Jewels, shock resistant
Jewels: 17 rubies
Band: Original Cartier strap with original solid 18K gold Cartier deployment buckle. The band appears new or mint.
Crystal type: Mineral glass, mint condition
Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.