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Cartier Ceinture Yellow Gold, Paris Dial, SM size - mechanical wind movement

Cartier Ceinture Yellow Gold, Paris Dial, SM size - mechanical wind movement

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Maker: Cartier
Model: Ceinture
Year: 1970’s
Dial: White Lacquer original Paris dial
Case Material: 18K Yellow Gold
Size: SM
Dimensions: 24.5mm by 25mm diameter; 6.6mm thickness
Case serial: 781002071
Caliber: Manual caliber 78-1
Service history: December 2022, +11.7 seconds per day
Bracelet/Strap: original Cartier leather strap (worn condition). Comes also with Cartier gold plated deployant clasp
Lug Width: 14mm
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 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. The Ceinture in this era was produced either in white gold, yellow gold, or a combination of white gold and 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 the SM size which was produced for women's. At 24.5mm x 25mm and 6.6mm thick, the case on this Ceinture is made of yellow gold. 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 yellow gold is in overall great vintage condition. The octagonal case is strong and its unique double stepped bezel is in fantastic condition. The case has light scratches throughout but has most likely never been polished before. For a Cartier from this era, the case 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 only" dial. As with the vast majority of Cartier white lacquered dials produced in the 70's, the dial has formed some cracks and blemishes throughout the dial. The original black painted numerals is in beautiful condition. The caliber 78-1 movement has been serviced by the previous owner in December 2022 and was checked by our watchmaker. It is currently running well at +11.7 seconds per day. The watch comes with its original Cartier leather strap that was used by the previous owner and is in worn condition. It also comes with its original Cartier stamped gold filled deployant buckle. The watch also comes with its original Cartier box.

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