SOLD: Cartier Tank Louis Automatique "Jumbo" 17002 White gold

Sep 04, 2023,07:55 AM

Brand: Cartier - (more)

Series: Tank Louis Automatique "Jumbo" White gold - Full set

Model: Tank Louis Automatique "Jumbo" 17002 White gold

Condition: MINT

Location: Belgium Belgium 

Status: SOLD

Listed: Sep 4, 2023, 7:55 AM

Asking Price: EUR 39,850 (in USD)

Retail Price: EUR 

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The watch

When a vintage Louis Cartier Tank watch emerges, the level of appeal starts to rise. If an exceptionally scarce vintage Louis Cartier Tank watch, in nearly flawless condition, previously owned by one of Cartier's most renowned collectors, becomes available, the attractiveness factor goes even higher. This is when we step into the realm of unparalleled desirability. Such is the case with the stunning white gold 1970s Tank Louis Cartier Automatique "Jumbo," also referred to as the vintage Tank XL.

Louis-Joseph Cartier (1875-1942) was a designer and businessman extraordinaire, with an impeccable sense of style. Designer of the Tank, the piece presented here is an example of the version of the watch that he deemed worthy to carry his name. With smoother and softer case lines than the design of the very first Tank that preceded it, the Tank Normale (1917), the Tank Louis Cartier (1922) is the blueprint for that understated yet unmistakable Cartier elegance.

It is one of the most popular, desired Tanks in the Tank family. Understandably so with its clean, superbly chic lines and subtle but instantly recognisable sophistication.

Throughout the years Cartier have played with the design's dimensions and dial configuration but one aspect of this precious timepiece has never been touched - the Tank Louis Cartier is only ever produced in precious metals. Ranging from its classic measurements of 24mm x 30mm to the considerably larger 34.9mm x 40.4mm of a version released in 2012, Cartier has certainly moved to accommodate the modern taste for a larger case size. For those interested in vintage LC Tanks however, larger case options are almost non-existent. An exception being the particularly special timepiece at hand. 

During the 1970s, Cartier produced this 28mm x 34mm 'Jumbo' Louis Cartier Tank in yellow and white gold. Its reference number is 17002. Taking into consideration the era of its production, it is likely that no more than a few hundred pieces of the 'Jumbo' exist. Not only is the size of the timepiece presented here a rarity for the vintage period but also the precious metal from which it is fashioned - white gold. Yellow gold was by far the dominant precious metal of the vintage era and therefore when a 'Jumbo' does appear on the market, it is more often than not the yellow gold version. The cool, white gold case of this timepiece propels it into a whole different league of rarity and exclusivity.

A pure white lacquered dial is completed with Cartier's traditional black printed Roman numerals and fine, elegant, blued steel sword hands mark the hours and minutes. The dial is signed at the 12 and just below the 6 sits 'Paris'. This dial is clean, elegant and classic Cartier chic. Turning to the back of the watch, the beaded, sapphire cabochon complete crown is passed and the unusual design of the caseback is revealed. A raised, circular central piece, which hides a novel feature of this LC Tank - its automatic movement. The engravings on the back of the watch include 'Cartier', 'Paris' and the watch's reference number plus serial number.


Another unique feature of the 'Jumbo' Louis Cartier Tank is its movement. It is the only LC Tank that is powered by an automatic movement, Calibre 170. The calibre is an ETA movement and the raised, circular back of the piece is as a result of the automatic movement that it houses.

How it wears

Exhibiting the inherent grace and elegance characteristic of every Tank Louis Cartier, this watch immediately captures one's attention. The caseback style of this timepiece might initially spark curiosity. However, the truth is that once worn on the wrist, this design variation becomes indiscernible - the watch rests seamlessly and boasts a remarkable appearance. The effortless and refined design, along with its comfortable fit, renders it a highly appealing dress watch suitable for everyday wear. It carries the added charm of historical exclusivity, making it an everyday dress watch with a delightful touch of uniqueness from the past.

The set & condition

Sold in the 1970's, the almost perfect condition, this timepiece is an absolute delight - and rarity - to see. The engravings and stamps on the caseback are still remarkably clear and deep, suggesting that over the years this piece has not been excessively polished.

Apart from its exceptional state, this highly uncommon vintage watch is accompanied by its box, papers, and an exceedingly scarce 18mm white gold Cartier folding buckle from that time period. Beyond its rarity, this timepiece holds special significance as it is the very watch showcased in the book "CARTIER The Gentleman's Files" by George Cramer. The package also encompasses the mentioned book and a collection of Cartier straps. Furthermore, documents from its most recent servicing at Cartier have been incorporated as well.

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This message has been edited by Mr.Watchley on 2024-04-22 07:29:25

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