Tank Louis Cartier LM 1980s

Item Number: CARTIER149

$6,117.38 AUD
-Specifications

Brand
Cartier
Model
Tank Louis Cartier
Reference
8810
Year
1980s
Movement
Quartz
Case
23.5x30.5mm (Without Crown)
Material
18K Yellow Gold
Lug Width
18mm
Bracelet
Black Leather Strap
Includes
Watch Only
Notes
The battery has been replaced and all functions inspected by our watchmaker
Warranty
1-year Mechanical Warranty Shipping
Global shipping via FedEx International Priorit


Cartier is a French brand founded in 1847 by Louis-François-Cartier as a jeweler. It has a long history not only in jewelry but also in the field of watches

The third generation of the Cartier family, Louis Cartier, designed the Tank in 1917 and released the first model in 1919. This is the beginning of the tank watch.

The origin of this tank design is said to be the floor plan of the Renault FT-17 tank that appeared during World War I.

This watch, which incorporates Art Deco design, has created many enthusiasts, and they are said to be Tankists.

Muhammad Ali, Princess Diana, and Yves Saint Laurent are known as tankists, and among them, Andy Warhol is said to have worn a hand-wound model without even winding the mainspring.

This anecdote tells us that the appeal of tanks lies in their style.

And this "Tank His Louis His Cartier (hereafter, Tank LC)" was born in 1922, and as the name suggests, it is also famous for being a favorite of Louis Cartier himself.

This is a model equipped with an old quartz movement produced in the 80's.

The case is made of 18K yellow gold and measures 23.5mm wide and 30.5mm high, the same size as the must tank.

The vermeil used in the must tank is also sufficiently luxurious, but I feel that nothing can replace the color and texture of solid gold.

The surface and sides are polished, and the back has a hairline finish, so it is in fair condition.

The dial is an original Roman dial. It was white, but it has changed to a light ivory over time

Also, cracks and stains can be seen in various places on the dial. Although it is a unique feature of the original, please check it in the photo.

This watch is equipped with a quartz movement, so you can use it casually because there is no need to set the time even if it is not in use.

If you are buying a vintage watch for the first time, we recommend a quartz watch because maintenance costs are relatively low.

The watch is not waterproof.

Comes with a shiny black belt made from a caiman crocodile. The buckle is an external product.

Batteries have been replaced. The windshield has been replaced with a new one. Each function is fine.

1 year warranty.

(Overhaul is available for 16,500 yen only if requested at the time of purchase.)

[Payment Method]
1. Credit Card (Visa/Master/Amex)
2 Wire/Bank Transfer
*We have U.S bank account and European bank account. So you don't need to transfer internationaly.

[Delivery]
Shipped via FedEx International Priority.
Normally,Item will be shipped in 1-2 working days after payment received.

Tracking number will be provided, and insurance will cover if the item is damaged or missing in the shipping process.

[Custom Duty]
International buyer has a responsibility to pay import duties, taxes or charges. (ex VAT/GST)

We do not accept to declare lower value on shipping label or invoice.We will declare full value of them.

If you would like to know how much it will be, please check approximate cost below.
Import Duty Calculator - SimplyDuty

These costs normally collected by courier when you pick up item or after your receive.

[Return]
We accept return in the case of shipping mistake or item defect in 14 days after your receive.

  1. Can I check the actual item at the store?
    -Yes, You can check it at the store.

  2. Can I ask reserve the watch?
    -No, we do not reserve a watch until payment completed because we also sell our products on online store.

  3. Can you adjust my bracelet? 
    -Yes,If you indicate your approximate arm circumference when you place an order, we will adjust it and send it to you.
    (*Riveted bracelets and Folded bracelets need to be adjusted by our watchmaker, so please allow a little time for this.)

  4. How long does it take for "delivery after service"?
    -Please allow approximately 1month to 1.5 months from the time of order.
    (*It may take a little longer depending on the schedule of the wacthmaker and the number of customers.)

  5. Is there a payment deadline? (Bank transfer)
    -If we cannot confirm your payment within 2 days of your order, we will cancel your order.

  6. Can I order by cash on delivery?
    -No, we do not accept cash on delivery.
  7. Do you accept installment payments or BNPL(Buy Now Pay Later)?
    -No, We do not support installment payments or BNPL.
  8. Do you ship internationally?
    -Yes, we ship via FedEx International Priority.
    (*Customs duties and import taxes are the responsibility of the customer, so please pay them upon or before receiving the package.)
About Service
Service(Overhaul) is the process of disassembling a mechanical product down to its component parts, cleaning, and reassembling it to bring it back to the state of performance when it was new.

The overhaul procedure is roughly explained as follows
Separate the case and movement.
Disassemble the movement
Inspect each part for wear and tear and perform a preliminary cleaning.
Cleaning by a special machine
Lubrication and assembly
6. Water-resistance inspection (water-resistance function guaranteed)
7. Adjustment and running test
This is the process of the watchmaking process.

Some movements consist of several hundred parts, which are disassembled piece by piece, inspected, cleaned, and reassembled in an extremely precise process.

Without overhaul, just like a car, the oil deteriorates and the risk of wear and tear on the parts increases, causing a loss of precision or, in serious cases, the inability to run.

We recommend an overhaul every two to three years to ensure economical and long-lasting use of your watch.


About new finishing (polishing)

Vintage watches have been used for decades, and even the stainless steel used in many watches has become rounded at the corners, or has many small scratches on the surface that should be beautiful with a mirror finish.

At Albitro, we believe that our watches should be purchased in beautiful condition and used for a long time, so we sell them with a new finish.

Especially for dress watches with gold cases, we finish them to bring out the best of the precious metal case.

The watches sold at Albitro that have been newly finished are photographed in very high resolution, so you can see the edges are sharp and the mirror finish reflects the light.

Some cases and bracelets have a mixture of mirror and hairline finishes, but not many craftsmen are able to distinguish between them and finish them at a high level.

The "thinning of the case" is another area that is highly dependent on the skill of the craftsman. A watch with skinny lugs is far from its original design, and its appearance is unbalanced.

It is a very meticulous process to reduce the thinness of the case as much as possible while eliminating scratches and dents to bring the watch closer to its original finish.

Of course, in some cases, it is better to leave the watch in its original condition as it is, as it is the history of the watch and the original condition is important.

We look at each watch individually and decide whether it is best to finish it before selling it.

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