1953 Cartier Tank 'Bec d'Aigle' (Eagle beak)
A very rare and well preserved iconic wristwatch.
WHY IS THIS WATCH SPECIAL
The Cartier Tank has become one of the most iconic and elegant watch design since its launch about 100 years ago. This particular example, manufactured in 1953, features 'Eagle beak' lugs, the unpolished case and the original dial are in superb condition. The size of this man's watch may seems a bit small in comparison to the oversized watches made in the 2000s, but in these days, and still today, it was what an elegant man was looking for.
The design of the Tank was inspired by the armored vehicles that proved essential during World War I. It is stunning that such an industrial inspiration led to such an elegant watch, which remains timeless 100 years later. Cartier offered many variations of the Tank model, and we have a soft spot for this rare version with the 'Eagle beak' lugs. Of course, you have the black Roman numerals, blued hands and original octogonal crown.
- Maker: Cartier
- Model: Tank 'Bec d'Aigle' (Eagle beak)
- Reference: N/A
- Case N°: 1640xx 0172xx
- Year: 1953
- Material: Solid 18k Yellow gold
- Dimentions (WxHxT): 19x33x7mm
- Caliber: Cartier hand wound, serial 14677xx
- Bracelet/Strap: Genuine black aligator with Cartier pin buckle
- Lug width: 14mm
- Box/Papers: Cartier Box
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
This watch is in overall excellent condition. The back of the case has still its original brushed finish and the watch comes with a new black aligator strap and Cartier box. The gold hallmarks on the back and side of the case, just as the serial numbers, are crisp and legible. The mineral crystal is 'bombé' just as it should be. It has an elegant presence on the wrist an can be worn daily and for more formal occasions.