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1960's Cartier Vintage Mens "Collection Privee" Level Ultra Thin Tank Watch - Solid 18K Gold

SKU: 21-203709



PRISTINE Merchandise is in “like new” condition. There are no signs of wear or any other visible imperfections.  EXCELLENT Merchandise is in exceptionally good condition with very little wear. Any imperfections are described in detail.  VERY GOOD: Merchandise is in very good condition for its age. Older items may exhibit very light patina and wear relative to the age of the product, and more contemporary items will be just short of “excellent”. GOOD: Merchandise is in good condition and typically will appear mildly to moderately used. There may be some surface scratches and/or other imperfections. Older items may exhibit patina and wear related to their age. Please review the item listing for specific details regarding condition.


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Today's Watch of the Week showcases this rare 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 that what's found in most other vintage Tanks and would the 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 one other example of this watch and interestingly it did not have 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 watchmaker has just freshly cleaned and oiled the movement, which is running very true. If you are looking for a timelessly classic high end mens watch, this is a great choice.


No: 960,654,587

Functions: Hours and Minutes

Dial: Light silver with Roman numerals, guilloche, signed Cartier, original, excellent condition with fairly light aging

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

Bracelet: Crocodile (aftermarket - non-Cartier), fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn with gold plated Cartier tang buckle (buckle has one spot of wear)

Crystal type: Mineral glass, mint condition

Return Policy: 7 days from the day it is received

SKU: 21-203709
Accompanied by: Cartier
Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
Color: Light silver
Watch Movement: Manually Wound
Country of Origin: Switzerland
Authenticity Details: Cartier
Case Dimensions (in mm): 23.5mm wide (excluding crown), 29mm long lug tip-to-tip
Primary Material: 18K Gold

Domestic and international shipping is by FedEx. All shipments are fully insured.

Please contact Portero Customer Care Department for a return authorization, and ship back item within 7 days of receipt. Items must be properly packaged in comparable box, and in unworn condition.


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Iconic Cartier, named the Jeweler to the Kings by Edward VII, has captivated the world with its novel designs such as the symbolic panther, the LOVE collection, and its classic timepiece the Cartier Tank. Portero vets some of the most desired Cartier pieces. Shop Portero’s Cartier jewelry and watch collection.