1970s Cartier Paris Tank Automatique 18K YG (Ref. 17002) "Jumbo XL"

$ 23,000

The Cartier Tank has become one of the most iconic watch designs of all time, and other than some more eclectic references produced has remained relatively the same over its long run of production. The very first Cartier Tank, the Tank Normale, was originally designed in 1917 and became commercially available in 1919, and its design was inspired by the Renault FT-17 tank used by the French Military in the First World War. 

The Cartier Tank is the perfect example of excellent design transcending generations. The Tank moved through the early 20th century only to become more relevant during the mid-century design era, and is once again seeing a massive resurgence amongst the watch-collecting community today.

The Tank Automatique ref. 17002 "Jumbo" is a true anomaly produced by Cartier that has become exceedingly collectible throughout the years. Only produced for a short period of time in the 1970s, these larger Tank wristwatches made a lasting impression. Interestingly, the original Tank Automatique "Jumbo" was produced in two sizes, the "Jumbo" ref. 17011 and the larger "Jumbo XL" ref. 17002. The movement used is a simple yet reliable ETA-based time-only movement, and the case back was manufactured to fit around the movement in a unique bubble design so as to eliminate any excess material and maintain the Tank's minimalist personality.


Stock # CTRAUTO17002-3
Brand Cartier
Style Tank Automatique
Model 17002
Serial 1XXX
Size Men's
Material 18K Yellow Gold
Dial White Roman "Paris"
Millimeters 28x34.5
Bracelet 2pc Black Alligator Leather Strap & Cartier 18K Deployant Buckle


The exceptionally very well-preserved and elegant 18K yellow gold "Jumbo XL" Tank case retains full factory dimensions and very deep hallmarks. The crystal is a flat glass replacement which is common to see in early Carter Tanks. The case retains its original and classic blue sapphire cabochon crown. The back of the case showcases the "movement bubble" with all of the original factory markings and engravings remaining in crisp and deep condition, along with a Cartier Service Center protective sticker. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc matte black Alligator leather strap. The watch also comes with an 18K yellow gold Cartier deployant buckle that is not currently connected to a strap.


The original white Roman numeral "Paris" dial is in wonderful overall condition with a lovely warm vintage patina. There are some expected vintage elements of age present, namely some gentle age spotting but no notable damage is present. The original blue hour and minute hands are in excellent condition with nominal oxidation present.


The watch comes with a separate 18K yellow gold Cartier deployant clasp. The watch is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping. 

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