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Cartier Tank Basculante in steel, ref. 2390 Mechanique, Full Set

Cartier Tank Basculante in steel, ref. 2390 Mechanique, Full Set

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Maker: Cartier
Model: Tank Basculante
Reference: 2390
Serial: 55451PB
Year: June 2000
Dial: original white guilloche dial , painted numerals, minute track, and blued steel hands.
Calibre: Frederique Piguet based ultra slim caliber 050 MC, manual wind 
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 26mm width x 38mm length, thickness 5.9mm
Lug width: 20mm
Service history: May 2022, currently running at +23 seconds / day
Box / Papers: Full set with outer and inner Cartier Box. Booklet cover with Tank Basculante procedure manual, Cartier certificate of guarantee dated and stamped by Cartier retailer in Korea. 
Bracelet / Strap: comes with brown calf strap, original Cartier alligator strap, and original Cartier steel pin buckle.

The Cartier "Tank Basculante" was launched in 1932 one year after JLC introduced the Reverso. Both the Reverso and Basculante were produced by Spécialités Horlogères SA, a subsidiary of JLC. Paying tribute to the original model from the 1930’s, this particular Basculante, the reference 2390, was produced around the late 1990's and stood out amongst the other Basculante's at the time due to its substantial XL/jumbo size and the high quality and ultra slim mechanical cailber 050MC that powered the time piece. This Frederique Piguet based movement is only 2mm thick that allows for a slim 5.9mm case profile. Under the sapphire crystal of this special Basculante is an attractive guilloche pattern design with painted numerals, inner minute track, and blued steel hands. 

This full set reference 2390 Tank Basculante in steel is in overall fantastic condition. The case has some light scratches but it has likely never been polished and retains its beautiful thick case profile. The original white guilloche dial has developed a beautiful light cream colored patina. The dial itself is in excellent condition with no blemishes or discoloration. The blue steeled hands and crown are all original and is in excellent condition. The case back and the reversible case mechanism is working smoothly. The movement has been serviced by the previous owner last year and is currently in working order. The watch comes with a generic calf strap and a worn Cartier alligator strap as well as its original steel pin buckle. It comes as a full set with the Cartier outer/inner box, booklet cover, Tank Basculante procedure manual, and international guarantee with the authorized retailer stamp.

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