Sell Cartier

Ancienne Vintage Gallery

Do you want to sell your Cartier watch at the best price? At Ancienne, we are experts with more than 25 years of experience in the appraisal, consignment and purchase of luxury watches.


We offer to sell your Cartier in a fast, simple, discreet and secure process. Get the best possible return on your watch by avoiding unnecessary devaluations and intermediaries.


If it is not convenient for you to come to our store, we have a totally secure and free remote watch buying process available for you.

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    About Cartier

    Founded in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier, this global jewelery brand has been associated with quality and excellence for more than a century.

    Cartier has its own watchmaking factory, since many of its watches have “homemade” movements.

    In 1874, the founder’s son, Alfred Cartier, began to manage the company successfully, but his three sons: Louis, Pierre and Jacques, were the ones responsible for building the foundations of one of the largest jewelry stores of all times.

    In 1899, Cartier opened its doors for the first time to the general public in the legendary boutique number 13 on the Rue de la Paix in the French capital, run by Louis and Alfred, who were the main promoters of the Maison during its beginnings.


    Although Cartier was born as a jewelry store specialized in unique designs and high-caliber stones, we must not forget the great influence it had on the design and promotion of wristwatches in the early 20th century.

    Alfred was the man who connected Cartier with the world of watchmaking. In 1888, we can already find the first example of a wristwatch. It was what we now call a jewelry-watch, and was designed exclusively for a female audience. Cartier was taking its first steps towards what would become one of its most precious achievements and an icon in the history of modern watchmaking: the Cartier Santos. The Santos was the first wristwatch for men with a leather strap. Louis Cartier’s friendship with Brazilian Alberto Santos Dumont (a modern-day aviation worker) gave name to this watch, which has been in continuous production since 1911.

    Due to its practicality and the charm of its history, the Santos quickly gained great acceptance by the Parisian high society and became associated with good taste and elegance. The square box and the stylized Roman numbers underlined by a chemin de fer became a symbol of the brand’s aesthetic values.

    The second great wristwatch made by Cartier was revolutionary and easy to recognize by its barrel shape. This is the Tonneau model, which introduced this peculiar form into the world of watchmaking and inaugurated Cartier’s style, characterized by the use of Roman numerals on its dials and the peculiar blue sapphire cabochon on the crown.

    In 1912 another of Cartier’s classic watchmaking pieces was born, the Bagnoire watch characterized by its oval design. That same year, the brand began to set baguette-cut diamonds on some of its women’s pieces.

    The first two decades of 1900 are considered the peak of the firm’s creativity, as in 1919 another of the great icons of modern watchmaking was born: the Tank model.

    Inspired by the Renault military tank, the Tank model plays with the contrast of forms, returning to simple and pure lines, and the stylistic elegance desired by the brand.

    A few years later, in 1945, Pierre Cartier took over the company.The new aesthetic forms were accompanied by new technical and business advances. In the early 1920s, Cartier set up a small company with Edward Jaeger to exclusively supply watch movements to Cartier. They called it European Watch & Clock.

    The year 1942 was marked by the death of Louis Cartier, which was a severe setback for the company, and one year later it surpassed itself by creating the first water-resistant watch: the Pasha. This model, made of gold, was originally fitted with a screw down crown designed to resist water and humidity and a grille that protected the glass from possible impacts.
    During the interwar period, Cartier continued expanding itself throughout Europe and Asia, offering its customers new and luxurious shops as well as eye-catching and unique designs such as Tank Asymétrique (1936)

    Some years later, one of the most atypical models until then was born, the Crash Watch, a watch characterized by the shape of its “undone” case that evoked purely Dalinian forms.

    In the 1970s, an investment group led by Joseph Kanoui bought Cartier Paris and set out to relaunch the firm. The President of the company, Robert Hocq, created the concept “Les Must de Cartier”. They reviewed the firm’s most emblematic models and promoted them again in the international market.

    The eighties were characterised by a great diversification of products. Cartier was now creating luxury items such as perfumes and eyeglasses and it was during these years that the firm had its first retrospective exhibition in Paris.

    Perrin founded the Comite International of the Haute Horlogerie (CIHH) in 1991 to organize the first international exhibition of Fine Watchmaking, which took place in Geneva that same year.

    Cartier is therefore a symbiosis between tradition and innovation in the field of both jewellery and modern watches.

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