Cartier Basculante Méchanique
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Why We Love It
There are many ways to create a watch other than a round case. There are cushioned cases, rectangles, tanks, and cases which defy geometric description.
And then there is the Tank Basculante.
This classic Cartier breaks expectation entirely with its articulating hinged design. With its elegant guilloché dial and crisp Roman numerals, this Tank Basculante is unique among Cartier's tank models. Ours dates from the last decade of production, and shows only light signs of wear.
A Cartier Tank is a necessity for those who want to add class, style and distinction to their horological arsenal, and for the collector who desires something a little out of the ordinary, the Basculante is a sure fit.
Cartier introduced the Tank in 1917, with a run of six pieces--given, or so the legend goes, to American General Joseph Pershing and his staff. The design of the Tank was inspired by the Renault FT-17 tanks Cartier glimpsed on the battlefield of the Great War. Cartier took the look of the Renault tank's treads and applied it to the lugs, which were integrated via brancardsinto 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 thousands. In sheer volume alone, the Tank--in all its various models--is Cartier's largest line of watches.
The movement of the Basculante was sourced from Fréderique Piguet. First conceived in 1926, at 2.1mm the Calibre 610 is thinner even than the Piaget Altipano 900P, touted as the world's thinnest mechanical watch. That's astounding even for today, and for 1926 it's a mechanical marvel.
The Tank Basculante Mécanique was released in 1932, a year after the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso. The Basculante certainly shares design similarities with the Reverso: the case in which the dial is housed pivots inside an outer case, much like the Reverso's. However, unlike the Reverso, which only uses a single track, the Basculante employs a swinging frame. When deployed, the inner case looks as though it's on a seesaw. Hence the name, which comes from the French bascule, or seesaw.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
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.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
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.
Cartier Basculante Méchanique