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Vintage Baignoire, a yellow gold quartz wristwatch, Circa 1990

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Over the past years, Cartier has created countless iconic watches with elegant yet distinctive forms: Tortue (tonneau form), Baignoire (oval shaped), Santos (square) and the classic Tank (rectangular) which just celebrated its 100th birthday in 2017. According to Cartier, the first Baignoire emerged in 1912 and the official Baignoire was introduced in 1957. It is an elegant ellipse uniquely forged in a single line, and often set firmly in the realms of jewelry. The curved case features elongated numerals that's typical of Cartier typography, yet it offers a new take on how to balance an oval-shaped dial. 

This vintage Baignoire is a yellow gold quartz wristwatch, circa 1990. Highly attractive and rare, the present yellow gold Baignoire is studded with diamonds, with a bracelet decorated with enchanting amethysts and diamonds. The rarity of the watch is amplified due to the "convertible" folding clasp, which can cleverly be removed and converted into a bracelet. Quartz movement, case in 18K yellow gold and diamond-set, case back secured by 4 screws. Bracelet, clasp and buckle are in 18K yellow gold with amethyst and diamond-set. Case size in diameter 22.5 mm. This watch comes with additional links for converting the watch to a bracelet.

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The watch is in overall good condition. All diamonds are intact. Case is in good condition with minor surface wear. Bracelet has signs of stretch, scratches and surface wear throughout commensurate with age. Amethyst stones have signs of scratches and surface wear throughout commensurate with age. The Amethyst stones on the extra link are scratched and chapped. Buckle is in good condition. Dial is in overall good condition. The movement is running at the time of cataloging, however, it was not tested for the accuracy of time. The battery may need replacing at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.







Dial Color(s)


Dial Numerals


Movement Type


Case Material(s)

Yellow Gold, Diamond

Case Number


Case Size (mm)


Case Back

Secured by screws

Band Material

Yellow Gold, Diamond, Amethyst

Dimension Notes

Fits a wrist size of 7 inches or smaller.

Clasp Type

Fold clasp

Clasp Material(s)

Yellow Gold, Diamond


Case, Dial

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