1980s Cartier Baignoire 18K YG (Ref. 78094)

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.

The fascinating history of the Cartier Baignoire, which directly translates to "bathtub" in English, dates back to 1912 when Louis Cartier designed the watch for and gifted it to the Russian Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, who was one of Cartier's top clients at the time. However, at this time the design was simply referred to as an "Oval Wristwatch" and was officially named the "Baignoire" in the 1970s. The 'bathtub' design was reborn in the 1950s through Cartiers London branch, though the London Maison would go on to further expand design through the Allongée and Maxi Oval versions of the Baignoire. It's said that the iconic Cartier Crash design is actually a reworking of a Baignoire Allongée. Throughout history, the classic Baignoire has been seen on the wrist of many notable figures including, George Harrison of the Beatles and famed actress Catherine Deneuve, though in recent years the unique oval-shaped wristwatch has captured pop-culture status and can be seen on countless prominent celebrities wrists.

Stock # CTRPB78094
Brand Cartier
Style Baignoire
Model 78094
Serial 92XX
Size Men's / Unisex
Material 18K Yellow Gold
Dial White Roman
Millimeters 22x31.5
Strap 2pc Cartier Patent Leather Strap W/ Gold Plaque Cartier Tang Buckle


The stepped 18K yellow gold oval-shaped case features a subtle curve to ergonomically form to the wrist and remains in extremely well-preserved condition, showing gentle signs of use and no notable elements of previous polishing present. The watch retains its original curved crystal which shows gentle signs of use. The case retains its original and classic blue sapphire cabochon crown. The case back retains all of its factory engravings and hallmarks in deep and crisp condition. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc Cartier black patent leather strap with a Cartier gold plaque buckle.


The original white dial with "exploding" black Roman numeral markers is in beautiful, virtually perfect condition, showing no flaws or damage. The original blued hands are also in perfect condition.


None. The watch is keeping time, but the service history is unknown. A movement service can be provided upon request.