A rare and beautiful vintage 1970's Cartier dress watch with fancy triple stepped bezel and stunning original black gilt dial on a genuine Cartier leather band with original buckle. These were produced for a short time in the 1970's with 18k gold electroplated cases for the American market in a style very similar to the famous Christallor solid gold models of the same era. I love the look of that black roman numeral dial with sharp sword style hands giving it an unmistakable and classic Art Deco Cartier feel. It measures a nice midsize at 27.5mm square excluding the original blue cabochon crown and with the 18mm wide strap looks beautiful on a smaller men's or women's wrist. A stunning piece of Cartier history with a unique design and striking presence.
Style: Art Deco, Mid-Century Dress
Case: Square shape with soft rounded corner triple stepped case measuring 27.5mm square excluding the original blue cabochon crown, stamped on the back 18k Gold Electroplated, Swiss, Gold Plated, G 20 (20 Microns). It has a lovely vintage feel with some wear on the bezel but still looks sharp on the wrist. It comes on a newer, lightly used genuine Cartier 18mm wide strap and original gold plated buckle. Stamped inside the back with the case reference 5-512-117 and model number 1278.
Dial: Original factory printed black dial with gold printing, signed Cartier, Swiss. Some spidering texture is visible on the dial under close inspection verifying its age and originality. The sword style hands match to perfection.
Movement: High-quality ETA caliber 2512 manually wound movement signed Cartier Inc, 17 jewels, Unadjusted, Swiss with incabloc protection on the balance in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition. Freshly serviced and keeping excellent time with our full 1 year mechanical warranty.