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Cartier Ceinture 18k LM Yellow Gold, Paris dial - mechanical movement - box & papers, original owner

Cartier Ceinture 18k LM Yellow Gold, Paris dial - mechanical movement - box & papers, original owner

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Maker: Cartier
Model: Ceinture
Size: LM (large for men's)
Year: May 1978
Dial: White Lacquer Paris dial
Case Material: 18K Yellow Gold
Dimensions: 27mm by 27.5mm diameter; 6.6mm thickness
Case serial: 780993430
Caliber: Manual caliber 78-1
Service history: September 2020, +22.7 seconds per day
Bracelet/Strap: Epsom brown calf strap from Jones in Tokyo. Comes also with Cartier gold plated pin buckle
Lug Width: 17mm
Box/Papers: Original Cartier outer/inner box, life time guarantee card (still valid) with matching case serial and retailer stamp, guarantee holder and papers.

The Ceinture was originally introduced by Cartier in 1927. Over 50 years later, during the early 1970's, Cartier reintroduced the Ceinture as one of 12 special "shaped" watches that formed part of the “Louis Cartier Collection”. This 12 shape collection included familiar models such as the Ellipse, Cristallor, Gondollo, Stepped Tank, and Ceinture. The word Ceinture in French translates to "belt", and the watch was named as such given its resemblance to the buckle of a belt. Made of 18k yellow gold, the octagonal case has a beautiful double stepped bezel and the manual wind 78-1 caliber can be wound by a flat octagonal crown. The present example here is the Ceinture in LM size which was produced for men's. At 27mm x 27.5mm and 6.6mm thick, for Cartier purists, the LM size Ceinture is the preferred size compared to the ladies SM size or the XL Jumbo size which was powered by an automatic movement. The Ceinture stands as a perfect example of why Cartier is often referred to as the "master of shapes". The maison's astonishing talent lies in crafting refreshingly unique designs that defy the traditional norms of their era, leaving us truly amazed.

This Cartier Ceinture in the LM (large size) comes from its original Japanese owner and is in overall excellent condition with its original Paris lacquer dial intact and also comes with a still valid and rare Cartier lifetime guarantee card. The 18k gold octagonal case is strong and its unique double stepped bezel is in fantastic condition. The case has some minor scratches but it has likely never been polished. For a Cartier from this era, the case along with its octagonal crown is in great condition. The dial is the original Paris signed white lacquered dial which is very rare given most dials get replaced by Cartier during servicing to a "Swiss only" or "Swiss made" dial. As with the vast majority of Cartier white lacquered dials produced in the 70's, the dial has formed minor cracks but nothing major and is only visible at an angle. The original black painted numerals is in beautiful condition. The caliber 78-1 movement has been serviced by by the previous owner in 1992 and 2020. It is currently running well at +22.7 seconds per day. The watch comes with a high quality brown epsom strap from Jones in Tokyo with a Cartier gold plated pin buckle. Original Cartier outer/inner box, Cartier life time guarantee card, guarantee holder and papers. The life time guarantee card is signed by the retailer and is also signed with a matching serial number with the watch. The life time guarantee card is valid (forever) and one can use this card at a Cartier boutique for a free movement service by Cartier (note though that Cartier will replace the original dial if one chooses to service using Cartier).

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