Cartier Obus

Regular price
$21,850
Regular price
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$21,850
Manual-winding
25 MM
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SKU AS08512
Article Number 40950196
case size 25 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color White
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 18 MM
Includes 18K Yellow gold bracelet with partial factory diamond-encrusted links and signed hidden deployant clasp.
overall condition The case is in very good condition overall showing normal, honest wear from age and use with no signs of previous refinishing. White 'Paris' dial is in very good condition showing light signs of aging around edges with matching blued-steel 'sword' handset. Sapphire cabochon crown.
Manual-winding
25 MM
– Show less
SKU AS08512
Article Number 40950196
case size 25 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color White
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 18 MM
Includes 18K Yellow gold bracelet with partial factory diamond-encrusted links and signed hidden deployant clasp.
overall condition The case is in very good condition overall showing normal, honest wear from age and use with no signs of previous refinishing. White 'Paris' dial is in very good condition showing light signs of aging around edges with matching blued-steel 'sword' handset. Sapphire cabochon crown.

Why We Love it

No, it’s not a Tank. And yes, it deserves your attention!

While Parisian jeweler to the stars Cartier may be best known in horological circles for its famed Tank Louis watch, there are numerous other Tank models that are both beautiful and compelling.

Released in 1929, the Tank Obus is known for its unusual shape. Unlike other watches in the Tank line, the Obus is square, not the rectangular shape that many collectors have come to expect. But the most distinctive element of this watch is the shape of the lugs, which look like tiny bullets affixed to the ends of the case.

This particular Obus is housed in a 25mm yellow gold case with stunning red enamel Roman numerals and a matching red ruby cabochon crown. Take a close look and you might do a double-take — the numerals are actually part of the case’s bezel, rather than the dial! The dial itself is fairly small, a white square devoid of all decoration except for a pair of blued steel hands.

Powered by a manually-wound movement, this piece comes fitted to an absolutely sunning and striking, solid 18k yellow gold multi-link bracelet with partial diamond encrusting and a signed hidden deployant clasp.

Dating to the 1980s and issued by Cartier Paris, this is a stunning gem of a Tank destined for the discerning collector who wants something slightly left of center.

*Due to the design of this bracelet, sizing alterations may require custom work. Lead time after measurements are established is 4-6 weeks.*

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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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

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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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