1978 Cartier Vintage Classic Ladies Handwound Watch - 18K Gold


Item No. 8334

Before cost-cutting measures brought about the widespread use of quartz movements for certain wristwatches, Cartier utilized Swiss-crafted mechanical movements. Using centuries old watchmaking practices, craftsmen poured individual attention into each wristwatch.

In vintage times the company made two distinct types of wristwatches - those signed Cartier throughout with major components made by different Cartier contractors and others that were complete watches created especially for Cartier by another premier watchmaker, such as Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, or Baume & Mercier. Such is the case with this Cartier especially made for the firm by Baume & Mercier.

Today's offering showcases this beautiful original Certified Pre-Owned vintage ladies 18K gold Cartier. It was gifted in 1978 to its owner in honor of her Juris Doctor degree.

Its design elements are easily recognized as Cartier: A timeless 14K oval gold case with gorgeous braided design, a classic original gold Roman dial, and a sapphire topped crown.

It's in gorgeous original condition - it still retains its original factory applied satin finish to the case back that has never been polished. Its part are all-original.

Its case is better than near mint condition and perfectly retains its crisp hallmark and Cartier markings on its never polished back. Its untouched original dial is just short of perfect mint. And its original unbreakable sapphire crystal is mint.

One of our watchmakers has freshly disassembled the watch down to the last screw and cleaned and oiled it. It is keeping very accurate time.

For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new aftermarket Java lizard grain strap similar in style to what Cartier often used during this period making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

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

Retail Price for a new 18K Lady Cartier watch: Approx. $10,500.00 USD

Don't miss the chance to own this classic solid gold vintage Cartier for the price of a new steel TAG Heuer.

Lady Cartier watches:
Worn by Jennifer Aniston, Anna Wintour, and the late Princess Diana, the company's watches have long been favorites of royalty, Hollywood celebrities, and any woman desiring to wear a timepiece of distinction.

  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Manufacturer: Cartier by Baume & Mercier
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes
  • Model: Ref. 38336
  • Serial no.: 759333
  • Designed for: Women
  • Case material: 18K gold
  • Case markings (outside): Stamped with precious metal hallmark, Cartier registration numbers, personalized Barbara, J.D. '78
  • Case markings (inside): Baume & Mercier, Swiss, .750, Swiss precious metal hallmarks
  • Case condition: Better than near mint. Presents as just short of mint on the wrist. The back still retains its original unpolished factory satin finish.
  • Dimensions: 22mm wide (excluding the crown) by 28mm long.
  • Dial: Gold with black painted Roman numerals, original and untouched, just short of perfect mint
  • Hands: Original, blackened steel "feuilles"
  • Movement type: Baume & Mercier for Cartier caliber 775, gilt finished, manually wound, 17 jewels, shock resistant
  • Jewels: 17 rubies
  • Band: Leather (aftermarket), fully stitched, brand new and unworn. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
  • Crystal: Sapphire, original, mint condition
  • Serviced: One of our watchmakers has freshly disassembled the watch down to the last screw and cleaned and oiled it. 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.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It is keeping very accurate time.
  • 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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