CARTIER MAXI-OVAL YELLOW GOLD
Cartier’s rich history holds immense importance in the realm of vintage wristwatch design, representing a profound legacy of innovation, elegance, and sophistication. From pioneering the use of platinum in jewelry-making to introducing the first mens’ wristwatch, the “Santos,” in 1904, Cartier has continuously reshaped the landscape of horology. Their trailblazing spirit is epitomized by their iconic Tank, Baignoire, and Tortue collections, which revolutionized wristwatch design with their unique shapes, bold lines, and timeless elegance.
The present watch is an extremely rare and impressive example of the “Maxi Oval”. While similar in appearance to the ‘Maxi Oval’ series by Cartier London, the present watch is distinguished by its larger case and elongated Roman numerals, often attracting greater interest from collectors. The daring styling, with a highly curved, convex case, and bold Roman numerals captured the spirit of the late 1960s and early 1970s, when brands were experimenting with bold designs to make their mechanical watches stand out against the threat of low-cost quartz watches. Inside is a superb, manually wound movement made and signed by Audemars Piguet cal. K2050, 20 jewels. Original yellow gold Cartier deployant buckle.
Produced in early 1970s, serial 61,XXX and dimensions 30mm x 56mm