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Cartier Tank Louis Ref. 9601 18k

The Cartier Tank Louis is an iconic watch that has seen such massive demand, that they have become quite hard to find. Don’t worry though…we have one!

This is the large Tank Louis, measuring in at 30,5 x 24,5 millimetres. What is most impressive though, is the case height at a mere 4,2 millimetres! This is impressive in any case (no pun intended), but particularly when the watch is powered by a mechanical caliber, as this is!

The beating heart of this beautiful 18k yellow gold Tank is the Caliber 21. An ultra-thin manually wound caliber by Frederic Piguet. This Tank, then, does not just have the looks of an absolute classic, but the guts as well!

This highly coveted watch comes complete with its original box and a plated Cartier buckle. We have just one thing to add: hurry. You never know how long it will take before we have another Tank Louis.

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Details
Brand Cartier
Movement Hand-wound
Model Tank Louis
Diameter 25 mm x 30 mm
Reference 9601
Buckle/clasp Aftermarket plated
Year of production (circa) 1974
Lug Width 18 mm
Material 18k Yellow gold
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Crystal Mineral
Dial color White
Backstory

The Cartier Tank was designed by Louis Cartier in 1917. Its design was inspired by the brand new, awe-inspiring Renault FT-17 tank, used in WWI. We may consider the Tank to be a classical shape today, but back in 1917, it was a design revolution, much like the Renault that inspired it. The very first public example was given to General John Pershing in 1918.

The iconic design looks simple and elegant, but is deceptively complex at the same time. The nearly square case is flanked by two brancards, giving the watch its slender, rectangular appearance. A form that is clearly taken from the Renault tank with its tracks. A white dial, black Roman numerals, heat-blued hands, rail-road track and sapphire cabochon crown complete the typical Tank design.

Countless variations on the theme exist though. 1921 Saw the introduction of the elongated Cintrée models. In the 1970’s, in response to the Quartz crisis, Cartier launched the Must de Cartier line. These Tanks were powered by more affordable quartz or mechanical ETA calibers and the cases were plated silver, rather than 18k gold. The Tank Americaine was launched in the late 1980’s. The elongated and curved shape was reminiscent of the Cintrée, but a little less delicate in form. The more angular, modern Tank Francaise was added to the collection in 1995. More niche variants such as the Tank Chinoise and the odd “digital” Tank a Guichet are available for those with a taste for something different.

The Cartier Tank has always been a celebrity favorite. Iconic figures such as Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali and Jackie Kennedy wore Tanks. Jackie Kennedy’s specific watch was later acquired by Kim Kardashian for a whopping $395.000,- at auction. Today, you might spot a Tank Francaise on the Dutch Queen Maxima’s wrist.

The Cartier Tank is surely one of the most iconic watch designs out there. You can easily put it side-by-side with the Rolex Submariner and AP Royal Oak as one of those genre-defining designs. It is tempting to throw the term iconic around in the watch world, but it is justified here beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Shipping
Of course it is of the utmost importance to get your purchase to your doorstep safely. Therefore, we ship all our packages insured worldwide.
We do our best to handle packages as soon as possible. This could take a max. of 3 working days. Note that the delivery times commence the day of dispatch.
Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by destination customs clearance processes, local duties and taxes, and items that are lost in transit. 
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Brand

Cartier

Model

Reference

9601

Year of production (circa)

1974

Material

18k Yellow gold

Crystal

Mineral

Dial color

White

Movement

Hand-wound

Diameter

25 mm x 30 mm

Buckle/clasp

Aftermarket plated

Lug Width

18 mm