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Lot #1631

Cartier Tank Basculante Australian Federation 100th Anniversary Edition 2390

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Introduction

An incredibly iconic timepiece, the Cartier Tank features one of the most easily recognizable watch designs of all time. With its thin rectangle-shaped case and elegant dial, it remains as classical a timepiece today as when it was first released in 1917. Inspired by the Renault FT-17 Tank, the Cartier Tank is, somewhat ironically, a dress watch. Recognizing the need for a more robust variant, Cartier released the Tank Basculante. Launched in 1933, Cartier took inspiration from the JLC Reverso, another classically styled early sports watch that would rotate within its case, to create the Tank Basculante, a watch that would also rotate vertically over itself. As such, the Basculante rotates along the 12 to 6 axis within its case to protect its dial from damage caused during sports, and enabling it to double as a table clock if you so wished. A pillar of Cartier's elegant design, this Basculante Le Australia ref. 2390 was launched in 2001 as a limited edition series of 26 pieces to celebrate 100 years of the Australian Federation. Featuring a bright blue dial, the Basculante Le Australia features four stars mixed within Cartier's signature Roman numeral display and a fifth star at the 3 o’clock side of the central pinion, as it pays homage to the five stars of the Southern Cross on the Australian flag.

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Grade

M 9

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch Only

Est. value range

$20,000 – $30,000

The Details

Brand

Cartier

Dimensions

25mm x 31mm

Model

Basculante Le Australia

Movement

Manual-wind

Reference

2390

Bracelet

Leather strap

Year

2001

Condition

Very good

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch only

Dial Color

Blue

THE DIAL

Featuring the Australian flag's rich shade of blue, the Basculante Le Australia features the same five stars in a similar arangement that make up the flag's Southern Cross.

THE CONSTRUCTION

Inspired by the JLC Reverso, the Tank Basculante can turn on its vertical axis so that its case back faces out, as its dial would usually.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in near-mint overall condition. The case shows minimal surface wear on the brushed and polished surfaces. The strap shows light signs of use and comes with the original deployant clasp.

Please Note: Due to CITES considerations, if the watch is to be shipped outside of the USA, the exotic skin strap will have to be removed.

Our Perspective

An extremely limited timepiece with a beautiful bright blue dial and a unique decoration, the Basculante Le Australia is a wonderfully executed timepiece that demonstrates Cartier's strength as a design powerhouse.

Sam Hines

Managing Director