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.
Loupe This Scorecard
Vetted & Approved
Est. value range
$20,000 – $30,000
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.
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.