Cartier Tank Obus 1630

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In 1917 Cartier launched its most famous model: the Tank. In the following years the brand introduced many versions of the Tank. One of them being the Cartier Tank Obus that was introduced in 1929. Contrary to the regular Cartier Tank, which has a rectangular case, the Tank Obus has a squared case. Very distinctive are the unique lugs, which remind a lot about bullets. A detail we love are the blue steel Breguet hands. The 18k yellow-gold case measures 24 x 24 mm excluding the lugs. Like most Cartier models, it has a white dial with black-painted Roman numerals. The watch comes on a brown leather strap from Cartier with the 18k yellow-gold Ardillon buckle and dates back to 1995.

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 jeweler 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 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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