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Cartier Ballon Bleu Ref. W69009Z3

$7,350

Pre-Owned Cartier 42mm Ballon Bleu silver white Dial Stainless Steel, 18K Yellow Gold Bracelet 3001

This Cartier Ballon with a round case is more typical of other modern watchmakers but somewhat unusual for a company that is known for its unusual case shapes.  In some respect, this makes the round Ballon a more interesting Cartier watch. Regardless of the shape, this Ballon is recognizable as a Cartier due to its black Roman numeral hour markers and inner minute track.  This modern 42mm watch is also larger than original Cartier watches but suited to a modern sensibility.   The bracelet in stainless steel with yellow gold is a refinement expected from Cartier. The watch is powered by a mechanical movement with automatic winding in a stainless steel case, with an 18K yellow gold fluted crown that is  decorated with a synthetic spinel cabochon, silvered guilloche opaline dial, Roman numerals, and blued-steel sword-shaped hands.  The calendar aperture at 3 o’clock is capped by a sapphire crystal. All in all, this Ballon watch is perfect for anyone who would like a dressed up sports steel watch.

 

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Additional information

Band Color
Band Material

Stainless Steel, 18k Yellow Gold

Box and Papers

No Box/Papers

Band Type

Bracelet

Brand

Cartier

Case Size

42mm

Caseback

Solid

Clasp

Folding Clasp

Complication

Date

Crystal Material

Sapphire

Dial Color

Silver

Movement

Automatic

Warranty

1-Year Watchworks Guarantee

Item ID0002791
Model #3001
Model NameBallon Bleu
Serial Number16xxxxxxx

Description

It is appropriate that one of the world’s most luxurious watch brands still bares the family name that created the brand, as its growth truly was a family affair.  Cartier was formed in 1847, when the first Cartier took over the workshop of his master, later passing control onto his son who moved the shop to the jewelry district in Paris.  The third generation truly made Cartier a worldwide brand when the three grandsons set up shop in Paris, London and New York.   The innovative use of platinum by Louis Cartier inspired King Edward VII to entitle Cartier, the “Jeweler of Kings, King of Jewelers.” Louis also created one of the world’s first wristwatches for men after his pilot friend Alberto Santos-Dumont requested a practical watch to wear in his dirigible.   The modern Santos Cartier watch owes its existence to this beginning.   While the Santos watch was innovative, in 1919, Louis created the watch that Cartier is most renowned for producing, the Cartier Tank, inspired by the tanks of World War I.  While the tank’s overall shape reflected the rectangular shape of the military tank, it was the watch’s Art Deco embellishments that made it an enduring favorite of world renowned personalities and people of influence.  A Cartier Tank watch continues to attract enthusiasts smitten with its old-world charm, luxurious refinements and unusual shape.  When the last of the three brothers died in 1964, the Cartier company was divided up.  While the original family was no longer involved, the Cartier brand’s influence did not fade.  Individuals and groups of investors alike revived the brand and continued to explore new ways to introduce luxury to their products.  In 1988, the Cartier group purchased the greater part of watchmakers Piaget and Baume & Mercier holdings and in 1991, Cartier established an international foundation to encourage the art of watchmaking.  While Cartier is known throughout the world for luxurious jewelry and refinement, the company never lost its love of fine watch making, which is why watch enthusiasts continue to be attracted to Cartier.