1996 Cartier Vintage Mens "Collection Privee" Level Ultra Thin Solid 18K Gold Tank Watch - Papers & Boxes


Item No. 7802

Today's offering showcases this rare and desirable edition of a 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 General Pershing in 1918, Clark Gable in 1948, and Muhammed Ali for many years, the Cartier men's Tank is a true classic in the world of vintage dress watches.

This very fine and rare version of the Tank features a Cartier caliber 21 ultra thin handwound movement, a much higher grade mechanism than what's found in most other vintage Tanks and would be similar to the more recent Collection Privee or Cartier Fine Watchmaking specialized elite level watches.

It has six adjustments, and was made by Frederic Piguet, and is an ultra-thin movement measuring only approximately 1.73mm thick, not too far at the time from the record for the thinnest normal movement, in the same ballpark as the famous ultra-thins like the AP / V & C 1000/2000 movements, and even thinner than the Piaget 9p. The complete watch measures a mere 5mm thick.

Besides it very refined movement, it also has a beautiful guilloche dial, which is not often found on vintage Tanks from this era. We have owned two other examples of this watch and only one had the guilloche dial.

We love it - it is supremely elegant and well executed. It is fully Cartier down to the original dial, hands, crown, and buckle.

Our Master Watchmaker has fully serviced the extremely high-grade movement which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components including replacing two winding parts with new-old-stock originals, installing a new crystal, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $795 value).

For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new Java lizard strap, the same style as often came on vintage Cartier Tanks, making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

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

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.

  • Manufacturer: Cartier
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Model: Tank Mecanique
  • Serial no: 960,657186
  • Date sold: July 1996
  • Functions: Hours and Minutes
  • Designed for: Mens
  • Case material: 18K gold
  • Case markings (outside): Cartier, Paris, Tank Macanique, official Cartier registration numbers
  • Case condition: Presents as mint
  • Dial: Light silver with Roman numerals, guilloche, signed Cartier, original, excellent condition with light aging
  • Dimensions: 23.5mm wide (excluding crown), 29mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Hands: Original, blue steel 'epees'
  • Movement type: Cartier caliber 21, mechanical, manually wound, ultra thin, Frederic Piguet caliber made for Cartier, rhodium plated, fausses cotes decoration, shock resistant, 17 jewels, adjusted to 6 positions
  • Jewels: 17 rubies
  • Crystal: Mineral glass, mint condition
  • Band: Genuine Java lizard (aftermarket - non-Cartier), long length, remborde, brand new and unworn with original 18K gold Cartier tang buckle
  • Serviced: Our Master Watchmaker has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components, installing a new crystal, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $795 value).
  • 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: Yes, a complete set of boxes, papers, and booklets.
  • 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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