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Cartier Santos Gold Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
18k gold Santos de Cartier watch, with quartz movement. Case is 27mm in diameter , full size band with gold deployment buckle.
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Gold

Cartier Diamond Gold Link Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
18K Y/gold open link watch, 9 RBC cut diamonds weight approx. 0.55 ct, GH VS, French hallmark, serial number with fist number unclear. 5752, watch length 7 1/4 inches, weight 28.8 dw...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Diamond, Gold

Cartier Panthere Gold Diamond Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
18k yellow gold Panthere lady's watch by Cartier. Case measures 23mm in diameter excl crown, bezel decorated with approx. 0.40ctw in diamonds. Cartier 5 row panthere bracelet will fi...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Diamond, Gold

Cartier Diamond Gold Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
An elegant french Cartier ladies watch from the 1990s, thoroughly embellished with brilliant diamonds, crafted with a rectangular dial, set in 18k white gold.
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1990s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier Yellow Gold Mechanical Pocket Watch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1970s Cartier Gents Pocket Watch, 40 MM 18K Yellow Gold case with a stepped Bezel. 17 Jewel Mechanical, Manual Wind Movement. Charcoal Dial with Gold Markers, Sapphire crown. ...
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1970s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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18k Gold

Cartier Yellow Gold Unisex Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A Cartier unisex watch in 18kt yellow gold. Made in France, circa 1980s.
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1980s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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18k Gold

Cartier Panthere Gold Diamond Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
18k gold Panthere watch by Cartier, set on red satin leather Cartier band with 18k gold Cartier deployant buckle. Case is 24mm in diameter excl crown. Bracelet will fit up to 6.25" w...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Diamond, Gold

Cartier Belt Buckle Watch 18k Yellow Gold
By Cartier
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This rare and unique Cartier wristwatch designed by the iconic Italian designer Roberta Di Camerino, circa 1975. The highly stylized 18kt yellow gold case is in the shape of a buckle...
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1970s Modern Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier Pasha Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Pasha watch finely crafted in 18k yellow gold and round brilliant cut diamonds, Cartier white dial with diamonds with original brown lizard leather strap and original Cartier...
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1990s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier Paris Yellow Gold Lady's Classic Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Classic 18k gold oval case lady's watch by Cartier Paris. Case measures 30mm x 22mm excl. crown. Cartier leather band with 18k gold Cartier deployant buckle. Quartz movement. Case ba...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Yellow Gold

Cartier Paris Diamond Gold Bangle Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A remarkable wristwatch by Cartier that dates back to the 1980s, shaped as a coiled bangle thoroughly embellished with brilliant pave set diamonds crafted in 18k yellow gold, featuri...
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1980s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier Quartz Chronograph Yellow Gold Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A chic Cartier quartz chronograph watch in 18 karat yellow gold, with a leather strap. Made in Switzerland, circa 1980.
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1980s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Yellow Gold

Cartier Cougar Yellow Gold Large Quartz Wrist Watch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1990 Cartier Cougar Wrist Watch, 34 M.M. 18K Yellow Gold 3 Piece Water Resistant case, Quartz movement, White dial with Black Roman Numerals, Sweep seconds hand, Calendar windo...
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1990s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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18k Gold

Cartier Pasha Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar Watch, 1986
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
18k solid yellow gold Pasha de Cartier perpetual calendar watch, with quartz movement in working order. Case 38mm in diameter, Bracelet will fit approx. 8" wrist. Weight - 188.3 grams.
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Yellow Gold

Cartier Trinity Tri Color Gold Quartz Wrist Watch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1990s Cartier 18K Yellow, White and Rose Gold Trinity Watch. 2 piece 30 MM water resistant case, Quartz Movement, White Dial with Black Roman Numerals and a Sapphire set crown....
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1990s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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18k Gold

Cartier 18k Yellow Gold Quadrant Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier 18k Yellow Gold Quadrant Ladies Watch - Quartz. 18K Yellow gold ( 25 mm x 32 mm ) grained blue Roman numerals. Ivory dial with blue hands. Blue Cartier strap with Cartier tan...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

Cartier Vintage Stepped Gold Case Mechanical Wrist Watch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1970s Cartier Mid Size Wrist Watch, 30 X 24 M.M. 18K Yellow Gold 2 Piece Stepped Case. 17 Jewel Mechanical, Manual wind movement, Sapphire Crown, White Enamel Dial with Black R...
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1970s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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18k Gold

Cartier 3-Row Panther 2-Tone Steel & Gold Watch
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier 3-Row Panther 2-Tone Steel & Gold Watch - Quartz. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold bezel (27mm x 37mm). Ivory colored dial with black Roman numerals and date at 5 o'...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

Cartier Pasha Chrono Yellow Gold Watch 2111 1
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Mint condition Yellow Gold Movement: Automatic Case size: 38mm Year: 1998 Sapphire crystal Chronograph, Date indicator Double-fold clasp Weight: 166gr Comes with Box, no papers
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1990s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

Cartier 18k Yellow Gold Quadrant Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier 18k Yellow Gold Quadrant Ladies Watch - Quartz. 18K Yellow gold ( 19 mm x 26mm ) grained blue Roman numerals. Ivory dial with blue hands. Black Cartier strap with Cartier tan...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

Vintage Pasha de Cartier 18 Karat Gold Watch
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
One Vintage Pasha de Cartier 18 Karat Gold Watch. Featuring a cabochon cut sapphire on the dial. Crafted in 18 karat yellow gold, signed Cartier, with French and Swiss hallmarks, ser...
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1990s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Vintage Open Face Pocket Watch Yellow Gold
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
A rare vintage open-face 40.5 mm pocket watch by Cartier in yellow gold. The two-tone silver engine turned dial features Roman numerals and blued steel decorative hands. Fitted with ...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier 18 Karat Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier 18K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch - Manual winding . 18K Yellow gold ( 42 mm) Inner case engraving; signed Baume & Mercier. Champagne dial with stick hour markers. Pre-owned with ...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

Cartier Turquoise Gold Shell Watch Travel Clock
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Exquisite and one of a kind, vintage Cartier shell travel watch. The shell is adorned with turquoise. Measures 4" x 4" x 1". The Cartier watch case inside measures 23mm in diameter. ...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Turquoise, Gold

Cartier Pasha 18K Yellow Gold Mens Watch Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Great Neck, NY
Cartier Pasha Mens Watch. 38mm 18K yellow gold case. Off-white dial with Blue hands and Arabic numeral hour markers. Minute markers on the inner dial. Brown leather strap with 18K ye...
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1990s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Yellow Gold

Cartier Pasha 18K Yellow Gold Mens Watch Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Great Neck, NY
Cartier Pasha Mens Watch. 38mm 18K yellow gold case. Off-white dial with Blue hands and Arabic numeral hour markers. Minute markers on the inner dial. Brown leather strap with 18K ye...
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1990s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Yellow Gold

Cartier Panther Diamond Face 18K Gold Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Panther Diamond 18K Gold Designer Ladies Watch This Cartier Panther Diamond 18K Gold Ladies watch is a dazzling example of Radiance with an approximate total weight of 65.1 ...
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1990s Modern Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier Panther Ladies 18k Yellow Gold Watch
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Panther Ladies 18k Yellow Gold Watch - Quartz. 18k yellow gold case (22mm x 30mm ). Ivory colored dial with black Roman numerals. 18k yellow gold Panther bracelet. Pre-owned ...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

Cartier Paris Rivoli Ladies Quartz Yellow Gold Watch
By Cartier
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Rivoli Lady's Wristwatch by Cartier with Quartz Movement. Great Working Condition Rare Style 0297 Details: 18k Yellow Gold Band + Case with folding clasp Case Dime...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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18k Gold

Cartier Tank Montres Francaise in 18k Yellow Gold Watch
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Brand: Cartier Model Name: Tank Montres Movement: Quartz Case Size: 20 mm Case Back: Solid Case Material: 18k Yellow Gold Bezel: 18k Yellow Gold Dial: Cream Bracelet: Red Le...
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1990s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Yellow Gold

Cartier 18k Yellow Gold Colisee Diamond Satin Strap Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier ladies diamond watch on a bright pink satin strap. 18 kt., quartz, centering a circular off-white dial with black Roman numerals and blued steel hands, within a pavé-set cas...
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20th Century Modern Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier France Diamond Black Onyx 18K Gold Wrist Watch
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
This delicate example of Cartier’s Watch designs radiate femininity and elegance Crafted in pure 18K yellow gold with an approx total weight of 26.0 grams. Featuring (56) round-cut...
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1990s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Diamond, Onyx, 18k Gold

Cartier Santos Vendome Gold Ladies Quartz Bracelet Wrist Watch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1990 Cartier Vendome collection Wrist Watch, 27 M.M. 3 piece water resistant case, Quartz Movement, Sapphire Crown, White Dial with Black Roman Numerals. 1/2 inch wide Santos L...
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1990s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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18k Gold

Cartier Tank 18K Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Watch
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Tank 18K Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Watch - Manual winding . 18K Yellow gold with pave diamond case ( 21 mm x 28 mm ). Mother of Pearl dial with onyx dial. Satin dial with 18K ...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

Cartier Panther Midsize 2-Tone 2-Row Steel & Gold Watch
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Panther Midsize 2-Tone 2-Row Steel & Gold Watch - Quartz. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold bezel (26mm x 36mm). Ivory colored dial with black Roman numerals date at...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

Cartier Tank Louis Yellow Gold Quartz Wrist Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Case: Square case measuring 21mm x 28mm (lug to lug). Made in 18k yellow gold. Screw case back engraved "Cartier," "Tank Quartz," "18k Swiss made" and Serial Number. Sapphire Crystal...
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20th Century Contemporary Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Paris Yellow Gold Calatrava Watch, Circa 1950s
By Cartier
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Cartier Paris STYLE / REFERENCE: "Calatrava" Classic Round METAL: 18Kt. Yellow Gold CIRCA: 1950's MOVEMENT / CALIBER: 17 Jewels / Sweep / European Watch & Clock Co....
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1950s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

Cartier 18K White Gold Santos 100 Unisex White Gold Diamond Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
You will fall in love with this beautiful Cartier Santos watch the moment you see it. It has everything going for it: diamond bezel, perfect 33mm width of the case, purple leather b...
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20th Century Modern Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Montre Baignoire Diamond 18K Gold Vintage Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
This Cartier 1990s Baignoire Diamond 18K Gold Vintage Ladies Watch is a delicate example of Cartier’s designs timelessness weighing 28.5 grams Expertly crafted in solid heavy 18k ye...
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1980s Modern Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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18k Gold

Cartier 18K Rose Gold Captive WG600003 Ladies Diamond Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This Cartier Captive de Cartier 18K Rose Gold Diamond Bezel 50 mm Watch, reference number WG600003, features an 18K rose gold case measuring 50 mm in diameter. This model is equippe...
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20th Century Modern Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Cartier Cougar Panthere Ref. 11701 in 18k Yellow Gold Watch
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
The Vintage Cartier Cougar Date with the classic white roman numeral dial. This watch is in excellent condition. Brand: Cartier Model: Cougar Ref. : 11701 Metal: Yellow Gold Metal Pu...
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1990s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Yellow Gold

Cartier Cougar Yellow Gold Ladies Quartz Watch
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Cougar Yellow Gold Ladies Quartz Watch - Quartz movement. Yellow gold case ( 33 mm ). Ivory colored dial with black Roman numerals; date at 3 o'clock. Black strap band with ...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

Cartier "Santos" 18 Karat White Gold Dumont Diamond Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Finely crafted in 18k white gold and diamonds with back leather straps. Cartier serial number: WH100251 Comes with original box and papers Ladies size
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1980s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Diamond, White Gold

Cartier Baignoire 18K Yellow Gold Watch W8000009
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Baignoire 18K Yellow Gold Watch W8000009 - Manual winding. 18K Yellow gold ( 19 mm x 33 mm ). Ivory dial with Roman numerals. Black Cartier strap with 18K yellow deployant bu...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

Cartier Audemars Piguet Vintage White Gold mechanical Gents Wrist Watch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1960 Audemars Piguet for Cartier Gents Wrist Watch, 32 M.M. diameter 3 Piece thin 4.5 M.M. case. 18 jewel Mechanical, Manual wind nickle lever movement. White dial with Black R...
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1960s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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18k Gold

Cartier Panthere Ladies Yellow Gold Diamond Onyx Extra Large Watch
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Brilliance Jewels, Miami Questions? Call Us Anytime! 786,482,8100 Designer: Cartier Collection: Panthere de Cartier Movement: Quartz Case Size: 28 mm Stones: Round Brilliant Cut...
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1990s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Diamond, Onyx, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier 1057920 Vendome 18k Gold Steel Champagne Dial Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Pre-owned Cartier Panthere Vendome 24mm Ref 1057920 Three Row two-tone 18k Yellow Gold and Steel Champagne Dial Ladies Watch. A classic, unmistakable Cartier lady's timepiece with pe...
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1990s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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18k Gold, Steel

Cartier Santos Ronde Chronograph Yellow Gold Ladies Watch Ref.: 1530
By Cartier
Located in Berlin, DE
Cartier Santos Ronde Chronograph in 18ct. yellow gold with a diamond bezel Reference: 1530 Material: Yellow gold Movement: Quarz Diameter: 30 Dial: White Bracelet: Crocodile leather ...
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1990s Contemporary Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Yellow Gold EWC Ladies Mechanical Back Wind Bracelet Watch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1950 Cartier ladies Bracelet Watch, 16 MM Diameter 18K Yellow Gold 2 Piece case, 18K Yellow Gold soft mesh, woven bracelet measuring 3/16 inch thick. Mechanical, Manual wind EW...
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1950s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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18k Gold

Cartier 18 Karat Yellow Gold Santos Ronde MM Chrono Watch
By Cartier
Located in Geneva, CH
The success of the Santos de Cartier watch has never been equalled in the history of watchmaking. It is a symbol of both tradition and the most modern innovation of technique and sty...
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1990s Contemporary Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Diamond, Yellow Gold

Cartier Yellow Gold Antique Square 29 Jewels Repeater Pocket Watch
By Cartier
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
Manufacturer: Société Cartier Watch type: 29 Jewels Repeater Serial number: 3169 Case number: 72 198 Yellow Gold Square Cartier Case Case features a pull-out lever, located at the 8 ...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Gold

Cartier Yellow, Rose, White Gold and Diamond Trinity Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
An 18 karat yellow, rose, white gold and diamond Trinity Watch. Cartier. 28mm, Of quartz movement, the circular cream guilloché enamel dial with single cut diamond dot numerals and ...
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1990s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Tank Watch in 18K Yellow Gold & Diamonds, Quartz, Box, Ladies
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
Diamond set Cartier watch in 18 K yellow gold with original box for ladies. 93 x single cut diamonds, approximate total weight 0.70 carats 1 x round brilliant cut diamond, approxima...
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1970s Retro Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Diamond, Quartz, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier 18 Karat Yellow Gold Ronde Louis Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier 18K Yellow Gold Ronde Louis Ladies Watch - Manual winding. 18K Yellow Gold case ( 33 mm). Guilloche dial with Roman numerals and Arabic numerals. Black Cartier strap with Ca...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

Trinity Cartier Lady's Watch On Bracelet 18K Tri-Tone Gold Quartz
By Cartier
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Rare pre-owned Cartier Trinity timepiece designed in solid 18 karat yellow, rose and white gold. The watch measures 27mm, 7" in length, roman numerals and blue steel hands. Fresh bat...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Tank Francaise 1820 18K Yellow Gold Ladies Watch Box & Papers
By Cartier
Located in Great Neck, NY
Cartier Tank Francaise 1820 Ladies Watch. 20mm 18k Yellow gold case. 18K Yellow Gold smooth bezel. Off White dial with Blue steel hands and Roman numeral hour markers. Minute markers...
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1990s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Yellow Gold

Cartier Pasha 18k Yellow Gold Automatic Watch 2726
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Pasha 18k Yellow Gold 42 MM Automatic Watch 2726 - Automatic. 18k yellow gold case with sapphire crown (42 mm diameter). Silver guilloche dial with blue hands. Croc strap wit...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

Cartier Santos Ladies Burgundy Dial Steel and Gold Automatic Wrist Watch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1990 Cartier Santos Ladies Stainless Steel and 18k Gold Wrist Watch, 25 M.M. Octagon shape case with 18k Gold bezel, Automatic, Self Winding movement, Scarce and desirable Burg...
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1990s Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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18k Gold, Steel

Cartier Panther Ladies 18 Karat Yellow Gold Diamond Watch
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Panther Ladies 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Watch - Quartz. 18k yellow gold case with factory diamond bezel and lugs with black enamel (21mm x 30mm). Creme colored dial with diamo...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

Cartier Henry Ford II Presentation 18K Yellow Gold Midsize Watch
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Henry Ford II Presentation 18K Yellow Gold Midsize Watch - Manual winding. 18K Yellow gold ( 28 MM ) Case back engraved " Thomas J Blais 1978". Blue dial with diamond hour ma...
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20th Century Vintage Cartier Watch Gold

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Vintage Cartier Watch Gold For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate piece of vintage cartier watch gold for your needs in our varied inventory. Each design created in this style — which was crafted with great care and often made from Gold, 18k Gold and Yellow Gold — can elevate any look. In our selection of items, you can find a vintage example as well as a contemporary version. Finding the perfect item from our selection of vintage cartier watch gold may mean sifting through those created during different time periods — you can find an early version that dates to the 20th Century and a newer variation that were made as recently as the 21st Century. A choice in our collection of vintage cartier watch gold can be a stylish choice for most occasions, but Diamond rings, from our inventory of 292, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, day or night. A round cut version of this piece has appeal, but there are also brilliant cut and cabochon versions for sale. Most of our vintage cartier watch gold for sale are for women, but there are 869 pieces available to browse for men.

How Much is a Vintage Cartier Watch Gold?

Prices for a piece of vintage cartier watch gold can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $350 and can go as high as $1,400,000, while this accessory, on average, fetches $5,495.

Cartier Biography and Important Works

For its extraordinary range of bracelets, watches, rings and other adornments, French luxury house Cartier is undeniably one of the most well known and internationally revered jewelers in the world among clients both existing and aspirational.

Perhaps 1847 was not the ideal time to open a new watchmaking and jewelry business, as the French Revolution was not kind to the aristocracy who could afford such luxuries. Nevertheless, it was the year Louis-François Cartier (1819–1904) — who was born into poverty — founded his eponymous empire, assuming control of the workshop of watchmaker Adolphe Picard, under whom he had previously been employed as an assistant. Of course, in the beginning, it was a relatively modest affair, but by the late 1850s, Cartier had its first royal client, Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, niece of Napoleon Bonaparte, who commissioned the jeweler to design brooches, earrings and other accessories.

Under the leadership of Louis-François’s son, Alfred, who took over in 1874, business boomed. Royalty around the world wore Cartier pieces, including Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the Maharaja of Patiala and King Edward VII, who had 27 tiaras made by the jewelry house for his coronation in 1902 and issued Cartier a royal warrant in 1904. (Today, the British royal family still dons Cartier pieces; Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, regularly sports a Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch.)

Cartier’s golden years, however, began when Alfred introduced his three sons, Louis, Pierre and Jacques, to the business. The brothers expanded Cartier globally: Louis reigned in Paris, Pierre in New York and Jacques in London, ensuring their brand’s consistency at their branches across the world. The trio also brought in such talents as Charles Jacqueau and Jeanne Toussaint.

One of Cartier’s earliest major successes was the Santos de Cartier watch — one of the world's first modern wristwatches for men. (Previously, a large number of people were using only pocket watches.) Louis designed the timepiece in 1904 for his friend, popular Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, who wanted to be able to check the time more easily while flying.

Cartier’s other famous timepieces include the Tank watch, which was inspired by the linear form of military tanks during World War I, and the so-called mystery clocks. Invented by watchmaker and magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin and later crafted exclusively for Cartier in the house’s workshop by watchmaker Maurice Couët, the mystery clocks were so named because the integration of glass dials on which the clocks’ hands would seemingly float as well as structures that are hidden away within the base give the illusion that they operate without machinery.

On the jewelry side of the business, Cartier’s internationally renowned offerings include the Tutti Frutti collection, which featured colorful carved gemstones inspired by Jacques’s trip to India and grew in popularity during the Art Deco years; the panthère motif, which has been incorporated into everything from brooches to rings; and the Love bracelet, a minimal, modernist locking bangle inspired by medieval chastity belts that transformed fine jewelry.

While the Cartier family sold the business following the death of Pierre in 1964, the brand continues to innovate today, renewing old hits and creating new masterpieces.

On 1stDibs, find a growing collection of contemporary and vintage Cartier watches, engagement rings, necklaces and other accessories.

Finding the Right Wrist Watches for You

Antique, new and vintage wristwatches have captured the hearts and minds of all manner of watch collectors as well as the watchmakers themselves — it's time you found your own.

Certain vintage watches for men and iconic watch designs for women are sought after not only because of their graceful proportions or innovative materials but also because of the illustrious histories of the houses that created them, histories that they stylishly embody.

Bvlgari’s legendary Serpenti watch was on everyone’s list after the collection’s bold bracelet, which technically debuted after the timepiece, graced the wrist of actress Elizabeth Taylor. If anything, elaborately crafted timepieces — the unmistakably boxy silhouette of Cartier Tank watches, the elegant and minimal Calatrava designed by legendary Swiss house Patek Philippe — are even more effective than the shape we associate with traditional wristwatches.

Form watches — the all-encompassing moniker bestowed upon non-round watches — are making headlines and completing contemporary fashionable ensembles the world over. At the same time, both casual fans and careful collectors are drawn to the unbeatable charm of vintage styles, such as the icons designed by Omega that even James Bond can’t resist.

In the early days of watchmaking, watches were fragile enough that they necessitated protection from the elements. Now, wristwatches made of gold and steel can withstand the harshest climates — even 100 meters underwater, in the case of Rolex’s Submariner. Designer Gérald Genta, whose range of clients included Rolex, created for Audemars Piguet the first luxury sports timepiece to be made from stainless steel. First introduced in 1972, the Royal Oak was a perfect choice for blending the form and function that are now synonymous with sports watches.

Are you shopping for a wristwatch? It’s good to keep your needs as well as your specific personal style in mind: A smaller, subtle timepiece is a good fit for small wrists. When will you be wearing your new accessory? There’s a versatile model out there for everyday wear, while a rugged, feature-heavy watch is a safe bet if you’re prone to embarking on all-weather activities in the great outdoors.

Find antique, new and vintage wristwatches on 1stDibs.