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Cartier, London

Crash, An exceptionally rare 18K yellow gold manual winding wristwatch Made by Cartier London in 1970 | 卡地亞 | 極罕有「Crash」18K黃金手動上鏈腕錶,倫敦卡地亞1970年製

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

200,000 to - 300,000 CHF

Cartier, London

Cartier, London

Crash, An exceptionally rare 18K yellow gold manual winding wristwatch Made by Cartier London in 1970 | 卡地亞 | 極罕有「Crash」18K黃金手動上鏈腕錶,倫敦卡地亞1970年製

Crash, An exceptionally rare 18K yellow gold manual winding wristwatch Made by Cartier London in 1970 | 卡地亞 | 極罕有「Crash」18K黃金手動上鏈腕錶,倫敦卡地亞1970年製

Estimate:

200,000 to - 300,000 CHF

Lot sold:

806,500

CHF

Cartier, London


Crash

An exceptionally rare 18K yellow gold manual winding wristwatch

Made by Cartier London in 1970


Dial: White exploded Roman numeral

Calibre: cal. Le Coultre Co, K840 manual, 17 jewels

Case: 18k yellow gold case with UK hall mark on case band and London hall marks for 1970, case mark interior also stamped with makers mark “JC” on interior of caseback.

Case number: 9’658

Closure: 18k yellow & pink gold Cartier “melted” deployant clasp, featuring matching numbers 9’658, UK and London hall marks for 1970 and “JC” makers mark, as found on the case.

Dimensions: 23 x 43mm

Signed: case, dial, clasp 

Box: yes

Papers: no

Accessories: Cartier London presentation case and accompanied by an insurance valuation from Cartier ltd from April 1997, featuring case number and clasp number.

MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing.

CASE: overall good condition, signs of wear consistent with age of watch, likely unpolished. Clasp with equivalent wear.

DIAL: in overall good condition with some signs of wear.


"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."

An example of another first series Crash is illustrated in The Cartier Collection – Timepieces, by Franco cologne p.455

Under the creative control of Jacques Cartier, London became the most subversive and mold breaking of the three Cartier locations (London, Paris & New York). Fielding larger case sizes and designs which ran against the grain of the norm of watchmaking culture for the era, pieces like the present Crash embody and echo London in the swinging sixties.


Its origins are rumored to have been the remnants of a Baignoire wristwatch brought into the workshop for repair, melted and crumpled in a fiery car crash, the Dali-esq form defies states of matter and is akin to mercury. Regardless of its conception, it was produced in London in very small numbers, the first series cases were produced by Wright & Davies for Cartier from 1967 and later series, which have sharper forms and edges from the 1980’s to 1990’s by Arthur Withers, also in London.


The present watch is from this first series; the assay marks on the left case band and interior of the case are London 1970 punches, with matching marks on the “melted” deployant clasp. Both also feature the makers mark “JC” for Jacques Cartier and matching case numbers, implying the clasp and watch were made for each other in a small batch. Additionally, it features the first series “London” dial for the crash with softer edges to the script and more vertically pointing stem on the letter “L”. It also features the Roman numeral IV as opposed to the latterly used IIII, found on some reissue models.


It is unknown exactly how many first edition crash pieces there are. However, it is speculated that less than a dozen were produced in the initial series, later models being special orders, short productions and a more commonly seen 1990’s reissue of 400 pieces featuring “Paris” signatures.


The lot is also accompanied by an insurance valuation from Cartier from 1999, noting the case numbers, hall marks on the piece, movement, dial type and hands.


The chance to own a 1st series Crash is an unspeakably rare opportunity and would sit in the top rung of any serious collection, with only two having being offered at auction in the last 25 years.