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Cartier

Eight Days Tank Possibly unique stainless steel wristwatch with 8-day power reserve Circa 1935 | 卡地亞「Eight Days Tank」精鋼腕錶備8日動力儲存,年份約1935,可能為獨一無二

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

150,000

to
- 350,000 CHF

Cartier

Cartier

Eight Days Tank Possibly unique stainless steel wristwatch with 8-day power reserve Circa 1935 | 卡地亞「Eight Days Tank」精鋼腕錶備8日動力儲存,年份約1935,可能為獨一無二

Eight Days Tank Possibly unique stainless steel wristwatch with 8-day power reserve Circa 1935 | 卡地亞「Eight Days Tank」精鋼腕錶備8日動力儲存,年份約1935,可能為獨一無二

Estimate:

150,000

to
- 350,000 CHF

Lot sold:

245,700

CHF

Cartier

Eight Days Tank

Possibly unique stainless steel wristwatch with 8-day power reserve

Circa 1935

卡地亞「Eight Days Tank」精鋼腕錶備8日動力儲存,年份約1935,可能為獨一無二


Dial: silvered

Calibre: manual winding, 18 jewels

Case: stainless steel, back secured by 4 screws

Case number: 70'881

Dimensions: 21.7 x 38.9 mm (including lugs)

Signed: dial signed Cartier, case numbered, movement signed European Watch Co Inc. 

Box: no

Papers: no  

Accessories: none

MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing.

CASE: in attractive condition with nice proportions, sharpness remaining to the edges and crisp numbers on the back. There are some light signs of polishing and there is wear visible with the naked eye, such as fine scratches and very minor pinhead dings.

DIAL: is in attractive condition. There are fine surface blemishes visible when closely examining the dial and there is some oxidation to the hands. The dial has possibly been reprinted.


Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.


You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.


Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."


**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

8-day wristwatches by Cartier are exceedingly rare. According to our research, probably less than 10 Cartier 8-day wristwatches made in the 1930’s- 1940’s are known. They were produced in different materials such as yellow, pink & white gold and platinum.


The present Cartier 8-day is in stainless steel and we believe that it is possibly unique. It features a beautiful twin-barrel European Watch & Clock Co. movement with two mainsprings, that can store enough energy for the watch to run continuously for eight straight days. The “ébauche” used for this movement is from LeCoultre cal. 124, which is almost identical to the Eight Day movement found in the Patek Philippe watch no.198.451, sold at Sotheby's New York in 1987 (lot 178)


To house this rectangular twin-barrel movement, the case shape that imposed itself was the "Tank Allongée". Contrary to the standard Tank and Tank Cintrée wristwatches of the 1920s and 30s, the case of the 8-day "Tank Allongée" is straight but features unusual down turned angular lugs. The size of the watch is perfectly suited for today’s taste in large watches.


With the arrival of self-winding, automatic wristwatches, the cost of producing Eight Day movements proved prohibitive; this would explain the extremely small numbers made.

 

Without any doubt the present Cartier "Tank Allongée Eight Day" perfectly exemplifies Cartier’s heritage of style and design and is among the most elegant Cartier wristwatches ever made.