1940's Cartier Vintage Ladies "Collection Privee" Level Special Tank Watch - Solid 18K Gold


Item No. 6597

Today's offering showcases this rare edition of an early high-grade ladies Cartier Tank.

Designed personally by Louis Cartier in 1917 and patterned after an army tank, Cartier's iconic Tank watch symbolized speed, achievement, and being unstoppable.

Worn by Jackie Kennedy, Princess Diana, and many other elegant ladies, Cartier Tank is truly iconic in the world of vintage dress watches.

This very fine and rare version of the Tank features a Cartier caliber 168 handwound movement, a much higher grade mechanism that what's found in most other vintage Tanks. It would be similar to the more recent Collection Privee or Cartier Fine Watchmaking specialized elite level watches.

It was made by European Watch & Clock Co. In the 1920's Cartier partnered with Edmund Jaeger, one of the originators of the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand and a leader and pioneer of wristwatch production, to create the European Watch and Clock Co.

For decades Cartier had largely sourced their movements from the top Swiss housess like Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet. Although they would continue to work with these firms for special orders and retail pieces, many of their top-line items began to feature EWC movements. Based in the Jaeger-LeCoultre factory, EWC movements quickly gained a reputation for being very high-grade. Today, collectors especially seek out Cartier watches from the 1930's through the 1950's that feature an EWC movement because they are most original "true Cartier" pieces and command premium prices.

Besides its very refined movement, it also has a classic white Roman dial, cabochon crown, and blued steel hands.

We love special high-grade Tanks like this. To us, given's the Tank's illustrious history of being worn by some of the most prominent and elegant indviduals that walked the plant, this is what a Tank should be - supremely elegant and also well-executed.

One of our watchmakers has just disassembled the watch down to its last screw and freshly cleaned and oiled. It is running strong and true.

If you are looking for a timelessly classic high-end ladies watch, this is a great choice.

Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.

  • Manufacturer: Cartier
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Year built: c. 1940's
  • Functions: Hours and Minutes
  • Designed for: Ladies
  • Case material: 18K gold
  • Case markings (outside): Cartier, Paris, official Cartier registration numbers, correct French hallmarks
  • Case condition: Presents beautifully on the wrist. Back has been previously textured to help cover an inscription "A.C."
  • Dial: White with Roman numerals, signed Cartier, restored in vintage times
  • Dimensions: 20.3mm wide (excluding crown), 28mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Hands: Blue steel 'batons'
  • Movement type: Cartier caliber 168 by European Watch and Clock Co., mechanical, manually wound, rhodium plated, fausses cotes decoration
  • Crystal: Mineral glass, mint condition
  • Band: Crocodile (aftermarket - non-Cartier), fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn with unsigned gold-tone buckle
  • Serviced: One of our watchmakers has just disassembled the watch down to its last screw and freshly cleaned and oiled. It is running strong and true.
  • 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 concierge@cotwatches.com for details.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
  • 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.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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