Jackie Kennedy’s Cartier Tank: The Most Expensive Cartier Wristwatch Sold At An Auction

With its distinctive elongated square case, the Cartier Tank is recognisable to anyone with more than a passing interest in watches. Simplistic and elegant, along with it’s accurate timekeeping, the Cartier Tank watch is a marvel of fine watchmaking.

Cartier Tank history

The Cartier Tank is one of the most long-lasting models of the production, which is an iconic design and has been since the very first watch in 1917. The first Tank wristwatch was created in 1917 and was inspired by a simple idea: four lines, with two parallel shafts made from gold or platinum, a sapphire cabochon atop the winding crown and a leather strap. With its infinitely refined and timeless design, this revolutionary square watch took shape and forever changed the world of watchmaking.  The Tank now belongs to the series of iconic Cartier watches, alongside the Santos and the Pasha.  The 1920s Cartier Tank is more than just a watch but it’s also a pioneer of the Wristwatches. Remember that at the beginning of the 20th Century, many manufactures were only providing pocket-watches, sometimes modified to be wristwatches.

Unlike most watches that have been around for significant periods of history, the Tank has managed to maintain its unique appearance with every model focusing on the key features that identify the unique timepiece. Cartier Tank is popular with all kinds of demographics including various royals, world leaders, military officers, celebrities, fashion designers and corporate tycoons. Cartier Tank replica is especially popular with the business community as well as the contemporary artist due to its clean lines and simplicity. The elegant and classic design of this watch, along with it’s accurate timekeeping, helps to further the reputation and the history of the Cartier Tank watch.

Jackie Kennedy’s Cartier Tank

A Cartier Tank wristwatch that once belonged to former US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy was sold at the Christie’s ‘Rare Watches and American Icons Sale’ for $379,500 to any anonymous bidder who has now been identified as American reality show star Kim Kardashian. This is the most expensive Cartier wristwatch ever sold at an auction. The 18-carat yellow gold model was produced in 1962, a year after Kennedy became the First Lady, and has reportedly remained in remarkable condition, despite being worn by her as a statement piece every day.

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