Cartier Diabolo

Regular price
$10,050
Regular price
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$10,050
Manual-winding
32 MM
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SKU AS09595
Article Number 40950287
case size 32 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1990s
dial color Gray
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Neo-Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 16 MM
Includes Black calfskin strap with signed 18K yellow gold deployant buckle.
overall condition Great condition throughout. Case shows only light wear consistent with age and gentle use. Dial and handset remains in excellent condition.
Manual-winding
32 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09595
Article Number 40950287
case size 32 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1990s
dial color Gray
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Neo-Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 16 MM
Includes Black calfskin strap with signed 18K yellow gold deployant buckle.
overall condition Great condition throughout. Case shows only light wear consistent with age and gentle use. Dial and handset remains in excellent condition.

Why We Love it

Not every notable Cartier timepiece is a Tank.

Far from it, actually. The 1990s were surprisingly fertile ground for the French maison — so much so that it’s possible to explore the brand’s back catalog for years without coming across every reference, or even every collection!

Take the Diabolo — named after a juggling prop — which its crown certainly resembles. The Diabolo is a unique and handsome take on the typical round watch, with long, stylized ‘officer’s’ lugs that give it some added flair. Undoubtedly dressy, it nonetheless maintains the strong lines and robust build of a sportier timepiece. Taking inspiration from even the most seemingly benign sources, Cartier demonstrates its design prowess as an authority on watch case execution. 

This particular Diabolo features a 32mm 18K yellow gold case with a domed sapphire crystal, a sapphire cabochon crown, and a light grey dial with black Roman indices, an outer chemin de fer, and a blued steel ‘Breguet’ handset. This piece features the iconic hidden Cartier signature at 7 o’clock.

Powered by the manually wound Cartier Calibre 9P2 movement, it comes paired to a black leather strap with a Cartier signed ‘C’ deployant clasp in yellow gold — for the experienced Cartier collector, you know Cartier piece is something to think about when it is accompanied by a yellow gold deployant buckle.

Trust us: If you’re in search of a dressy piece but the Tank is too ‘run-of-the-mill,’ this precious metal sleeper could absolutely be the watch for you.

The Diabolo is one of the most underappreciated designs in Cartier’s catalog. A classic outgrowth of the 90s, this is the piece didn't know you wanted!

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.

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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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