Originally debuting in 1929, the Cartier Tank Obus is known for its departure from the Tank's aesthetic in the form of its unusual shape and styling. Instead of featuring the same rectangular profile that the Tank is famed for, the Obus is a square timepiece with distinctive bullet-shaped lugs ("Obus" means "shell" in French) that contrast the sharp corners right next to them. Belonging to Cartier's esteemed high-horology program that began in 1998 and ran until 2008, the Collection Privée Cartier Paris (CPCP), the Tank Obus CPCP ref. 2380E that we have here features a wonderfully finished movement, an exquisitely decorated dial, and belongs to a production run of around 100-150 watches making it both unique in its styling and design, and rare in absolute terms - the perfect combination for any collector, be it a Cartier devotee or watchmaking enthusiast alike.
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Vetted & Approved
Est. value range
$5,000 – $7,000
The overall condition of the watch is very good. Dial appears to be free of any deterioration/flaws. Case has light surface abrsions. Very faint needlelike abrasions are visible around the case and bezel. Strap and buckle appear to be original to the watch.
Please Note: Due to CITES considerations, if the watch is to be shipped outside of the USA, an alternative leather strap to the existing exotic version, shall be provided.
An underappreciated watch from an iconic collection, the Cartier Tank Obus is a hidden gem in so far that its square shape and signature lugs give it an entirely unique presence on the wrist that few, if any, Cartier Tanks can quite emulate.