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Cartier Cristallor 18k Yellow Gold, Paris Dial - box& guarantee card

Cartier Cristallor 18k Yellow Gold, Paris Dial - box& guarantee card

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Maker: Cartier

Model: Cristallor

Year: late 1970’s/ early 1980's

Dial: White Lacquer Paris dial

Case Material: 18K Yellow Gold

Dimensions: 24.5mm by 30mm diameter; 6mm thickness

Case serial: 780950xxx

Caliber: Manual caliber 78-1

Service history: May 2022, +12.8 seconds per day

Bracelet/Strap: Alligator strap with Cartier stamped 18k yellow gold deployant buckle. Comes also with custom made grey epsom leather strap with pin buckle.

Lug Width: 14mm

Box/Papers: Box and International guarantee card from original Japanese authorized Cartier retailer with matching serial.

Based on old Japanese Cartier brochures that we have in possession, the Cristallor was introduced to Cartier's offerings in the early to mid 1970s as 1 of 12 special "shaped" watches that formed part of the “Louis Cartier Collection”. This 12 shape Tank collection included such familiar models such as the Ellipse, Ceinture, Gondollo, and Stepped Tank. The Cristallor is thought to be one of the rarest of them all due to the relatively low production numbers. The serial numbers for the Cristallor is within three digits of one another and it is understood that fewer than 1000 were produced, or at least not too many more than that. The large size Cristallor's all have a serial number starting with 780960 while the smaller size (which we have on offer here) all start with 780950.

Featuring an octagonal case with a thick triple-stepped bezel that frames its white lacquer Paris-signed dial, the Cristallor stands as a beautiful example of Cartier’s uncanny ability to create some refreshingly unique designs that broke from the traditional norms of the time in which they were born. With hidden lugs and an attractively sized 24.5 x 30mm case, the Cristallor sits on the wrist with a contemporary poise that has certainly survived the test of time.

This Cartier Cristallor comes from its original owner and is in overall excellent condition. The case is strong and its unique triple stepped bezel is in fantastic condition. The case may have been lightly polished in the past and has no major scratches. For a Cartier from this era, the case is in great condition. The dial is in overall great condition with just small blemishes along the right and left edge of the dial which is barely noticeable. The original black painted numerals are in beautiful condition. The white lacquer dial itself is free of any cracks. The caliber 78-1 movement has been serviced by our watchmaker in May 2022 and is currently running well at +12.8 seconds per day. The watch comes with a generic alligator strap and Cartier stamped 18k yellow gold deployant buckle. We'll also include a custom made grey epsom strap with bin buckle which fits all wrist sizes. The watch also comes with its original eternal International guarantee card issued by the authorized Cartier retailer which the original owner purchased from. The guarantee card is still valid and can be used to service the watch free of charge at a Cartier boutique (although Cartier will most likely replace the original Paris dial if one chooses to have this serviced at a Cartier boutique).

*NOTE: Please be aware that this watch comes with a crocodile leather strap. If the watch is shipped to any international destination, we will have to send it separately and it will need to be registered to comply with the Washington treaty. The shipment of the strap could be a lengthy process.

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