1960s Cartier Dress Watch 18K YG (Ref. 252) Cal. 2520

The Cartier name is synonymous with luxury and has been since the brand's inception in 1847. Offering bespoke and unique jewelry to the world’s elite allowed Cartier to grow steadily through the 19th century and eventually introduced new offerings to their clientele. While the most recognizable watch models such as the Tank, Baignoire, and Santos Dumont are primarily celebrated and deseringly so, throughout Cartier's illustrious heritage the Maison created and produced numerous watch designs, from the most simple to extravagant. 

Upon first glance, this is a seemingly simple dress watch from Cartier, however, its simplicity is what's so unique to Cartier in this era. The classically round 18K yellow gold case with a screw-down case back, a luminous stick-marker dial, and an automatic winding cal. 2520 movement which is also signed Cartier, are all uncommon features to see from the Maison in this era. However, regardless of the interesting details surrounding this watch, it is a simple, yet gorgeous wristwatch that remains a stylish piece today and radiates a cool vintage aesthetic. 

Stock # CRTDW18K252
Brand Cartier
Style Dress Watch
Model 252
Serial 001XX
Size Men's
Material 18K Yellow Gold
Dial Silver
Millimeters 35
Strap 2pc Handmade Leather Strap



The classic 18K yellow gold case is in excellent condition and features svelte square lugs that retain crisp angles and strong dimensions with honest signs of light use throughout. The unsigned crown is believed to be original to the watch. The screw-down case back shows gentle wear and is in excellent overall condition, featuring the factory "18K gold" engraving in deep and crisp condition. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.


The original silver dial is very well-preserved and features a lovely vintage aesthetic with some subtle aging present throughout. The tritium lume plots all remain intact when inspected under UV light and feature a dark grey patina. The original yellow gold tritium hands match the dial perfectly with no degradation present under UV light inspection.


None. The watch is functioning and keeping time, previous service history is unknown.