8,8 / 10
Extremely rare “Reversible” model
Solid gold folding clasp
This watch is an extremely nice example of the famous and rare Cartier “Reversible”, equipped with the Piguet based calibre 610.
It is in remarkable condition, with a very nice “Paris” signed dial. Furthermore, it is fitted with its original solid gold Cartier folding clasp.
This watch represents a true opportunity for any Cartier collector.
About the model
Cartier introduced the Tank in 1917. The design of the Tank was inspired by the Renault FT-17 tanks: Cartier took the look of this tank’s treads and applied it to the lugs, which were integrated via brancards into the case itself.
Plenty happened with Cartier and the Tank during the middle part of the twentieth century, and it would be impossible to write an exhaustive history of every Tank variation here.
The Tank Louis Cartier was introduced in 1922. This model was not immediately named after its maker, Louis Cartier. It was first named “Tank à Bords Arrondis”, but probably for simplification purposes, it was renamed Tank Louis Cartier or Tank LC in 1924. With its frank Art Deco appearance, handsomely-aged rectangular dial, crisp Roman numerals, and blued steel sword hands, this model is the benchmark for all Cartier Tank models.
When the terms “Reverso” or “Reversible” appear in a conversation, most would direct their vision to the iconic model from Jaeger LeCoultre. However, in 1930 Cartier developed and patented a similar system and named it the “Cabriolet Reverso” and later known as the “Basculante”.
Then, it was not until the 1970’s that Cartier introduced the “Reversible”, sometimes named “Tank Reversible”, like the present example.
This extremely rare model has been worn by many celebrities, and has been seen on the wrist of one of and if not the most accomplished and iconic French actor, Mr. Alain Delon.
The Cartier Reversible is definitely an icon of its own, and probably one of the most sought-after Tank models of all times.