Cartier Tank Obus 2380

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The Obus is one the very few square models in the extended Cartier Tank family. The Tank Obus was introduced in 1923 and has only been produced in extremely limited numbers since. The model stands out due to its distinct case. Unlike its rectangular cousins in the Tank family, the Obus is square with charming bullet-shaped lugs.  This Tank Obus features an 18k yellow gold case, measuring in at 26.5 x 33.5 mm. The silver-toned dial is finished with exquisite guilloché engraving and features black painted Roman numerals and elegant blued Breguet hands. In true Cartier fashion, the winding crown is topped with a blue sapphire cabochon. On the underside of the watch, a display caseback gives way to the manual winding movement, with exquisitely finished plates featuring Cartier’s interlocking ‘C’ pattern. The watch comes on a grey/black alligator leather Cartier strap with an 18k yellow-gold Cartier-signed ardillon buckle. The watch has just returned from a full service at Cartier and thus also comes with service papers.

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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