Cartier Pasha Chronograph 30009

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“Mash’Allah, Mash’Allah,” is what we imagine the Pasha of Marrakesh said when he took possession of his unique 18k gold waterproof watch from Louis Cartier. We’re proud to offer you a 1980s reinterpretation of that one-of-a-kind watch. As the story goes, somewhere in the 1930s or 1940s the Pasha commissioned Cartier to build a sturdy gold wristwatch that he could take with him during his daily swim. In the 1980s, Cartier tasked the legendary Gerald Genta—the designer of the iconic Royal Oak and the Nautilus, among many other watches—to devise a new collection based on the Pasha’s watch. This ref. 30009 from 1987 hails from the Genta-designed Pasha de Cartier collection and incorporates a chronograph complication. The watch features a curvy round case with large, bulbous, chronograph pushers, all executed in 18k yellow gold. The bold and unconventional design of the watch is accentuated by the presence of broad single lugs that connect to the hefty 18k yellow gold brick-style bracelet as well as the large sapphire-tipped onion-shaped crown that is attached to the right hand side of the case with a small chain. The ivory dial features  large painted numeral 12 in Art Deco font, a painted closed minute track, and applied round hour markers with creamy luminous filling. The chronograph functionality can be read on the three recessed oval counters with a lovely royal blue background color. The theme is continued in the large blued sword hands and the sapphire cabochons on the chronograph pushers and the crown. The ref. 30009 is powered by a convenient quartz movement. The watch is in great condition and just came back from a full service at Cartier.

Introduction

Cartier  Louis-François Cartier took over his master’s jewellery workshop in 1847. Over the years, his sons and grandsons inherited the family business and expanded the brand by opening shops in New York and London. King Edward VII of the United Kingdom granted Cartier a prestigious royal warrant in 1904, calling the brand “the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers.” Such was the renown of Cartier, that royal warrants soon rolled in from all over the world (among which, Belgium, Egypt, Greece, Siam, Spain, Portugal, and Russia). While Cartier is known primarily for its jewellery, it also has a storied history in watchmaking. Cartier’s first foray in watchmaking came in 1888, offering exclusively ladies models. In 1904, Louis Cartier gave his friend and Brazilian aviation pioneer Santos Dumont a watch to wear during his flights. Until then, wrist watches were worn exclusively by women and men opted for the traditional pocket watch. The ‘Santos-Dumont’ was not only the first wristwatch geared towards men but also the first pilot’s watch.

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Packages are generally dispatched within 2 days after receipt of payment and are shipped within the Netherlands by Registered Mail through the Dutch carrier PostNL and for other countries by Fedex. Consult us if you prefer another method of shipping. For most destinations tracking is available.