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Cartier Ceinture Large size, 18k Yellow Gold, Paris dial, ref 78099 - mechanical movement

Cartier Ceinture Large size, 18k Yellow Gold, Paris dial, ref 78099 - mechanical movement

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Maker: Cartier
Model: Ceinture
Year: 1970’s
Reference: 78099
Dial: White Lacquer Paris dial
Case Material: 18K Yellow Gold
Dimensions: 27mm by 27.5mm diameter; 6.6mm thickness
Caliber: Manual caliber 78-1
Service history: December 2023,-5.6 seconds per day
Bracelet/Strap: Original Cartier black crocodile leather strap and generic Saffiano black strap. Comes also with Cartier gold plated pin buckle
Lug Width: 16.5mm
Box/Papers: Cartier Box only

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 Tank collection included familiar models such as the Ellipse, Cristallor, Gondollo, and Stepped Tank. 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 (large) 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) is in overall excellent condition. The 18k gold octagonal case is strong and its unique double stepped bezel is in fantastic condition. The case has no major scratches and likely has never been polished. For a Cartier from this era, the case along with its octagonal crown is in excellent 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 made" dial. As with the vast majority of Cartier white lacquered dials produced in the 70's, the dial has formed some cracks but nothing major and is in overall great condition. The original black painted numerals is in beautiful shape as well. The caliber 78-1 movement has been serviced by the previous owner on December 2023. It is currently running well at -5.6 seconds per day. The watch comes with its original Cartier black crocodile strap (worn condition) along with a Cartier gold plated pin buckle. We will also include a brand new generic black saffiano strap as well. The watch also comes with a Cartier box.

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