Cartier Escalier

Regular price
$16,950
Regular price
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$16,950
Manual-winding
32 MM
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SKU AS06769
Article Number 40950140
case size 32 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Silver
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 16 MM
Includes Brown leather strap with signed yellow gold deployant clasp (sized for ≈7" wrist).
overall condition The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use with no signs of polishing. Satin silver dial with printed 'Roman' indices is in excellent condition showing virtually no wear from age with matching blued-steel 'sword' handset. Recessed unsigned crown.
Manual-winding
32 MM
– Show less
SKU AS06769
Article Number 40950140
case size 32 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Silver
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 16 MM
Includes Brown leather strap with signed yellow gold deployant clasp (sized for ≈7" wrist).
overall condition The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use with no signs of polishing. Satin silver dial with printed 'Roman' indices is in excellent condition showing virtually no wear from age with matching blued-steel 'sword' handset. Recessed unsigned crown.

Why We Love it

Think Cartier watches begin and end with the Tank?

Well, you might be right. But in between Tank and Tank are an entire host of models are references that are brimming with creativity, beauty, and opulence. One of the more subdued among these is the Escalier, a round design that takes its inspiration from a timepiece dating to 1910. Called simple ‘Montre Ronde a Escalier’ — ‘round watch with steps’ — it’s a strikingly simple design that served as the basis of the Vendome line launched in the 1970s. Of course, it still looks beautiful today.

Housed in a 32mm yellow gold 'stepped' case with a mineral crystal, it features a satin silver dial with black painted ‘Roman’ indices, a blued steel ‘sword’ handset, and an outer ‘railroad’ minute track. Powered by a manually wound JLC movement, it comes paired to a brown leather strap with a yellow gold Cartier deployant clasp.

While little is known about the Escalier, we do know that they are far and few between.

And you've got to wonder how long its going to be until collectors start to catch on...

Snag it before somebody else has the same thought!

Brand Story

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Despite being a purveyor of haute joaillerie, Cartier has had a long tradition of making watches.
It started in 1907, when founder Louis Cartier made what was one of the first wristwatches for his friend Alberto Santos-Dumont. In the following years, the brand made a name for itself with its most famous wristwatch, the Tank, in all its multitudinous forms.
Cartier introduced the Tank in 1917 — which was supposedly inspired by the Renault FT-17 tanks seen on the battlefields of World War I — with a run of six pieces. (According to legend, these were given to American General John J. Pershing and his staff.) Cartier took the look of the Renault tank's treads and applied it to the watch’s lugs, which were integrated via brancards into the case itself. That first run of six pieces increased to thirty-three by 1920, and by the end of the 20th Century, that number stood well in the hundreds of thousands. Indeed, in sheer volume alone, the Tank — in all its various models — is Cartier's largest line of watches.
The Tank Louis was introduced in 1922, followed close on the heels of the Asian-influenced Tank Chinoise. The Chinoise, released amidst a mania for jewelry inspired by the Orient, has a square rather than rectangular case and lugs that resemble the portico of a Chinese pagoda.
From its debut, the Tank would see many variations, each in keeping with Louis Cartier’s taste for clean lines and perfect symmetry. Each variant — from the original Tank to the Tank Louis to the Cintrée with its flirtatious, curvaceous lines — has its passionate devotees. Rudolph Valentino, that sensual star of the silver screen, insisted on wearing his Tank onscreen in The Son of the Sheik, and Clark Gable, Andy Warhol, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were among those who sported a one throughout the years.
Other model lines, including the Santos (based upon the original model crafted for Alberto Santos-Dumont) and the Pasha, have developed devoted followers. Indeed, the maison is unique as one of the few jewelry brands to elicit as much passion from collectors as dedicated watch companies.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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