In 1933, Cartier introduced a distinctive version of its Tank series that took inspiration from Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso—the Basculante. Like the Reverso, the new Tank Basculante featured a reversible case that enabled the wearer to flip the watch’s face to protect its crystal. However, unlike the Reverso’s horizontal sliding mechanism, the Tank Basculante employed a vertical swiveling apparatus that was triggered when pulling the case out by the cabochon at 12 o’clock. This unique design also allowed the face to sit perpendicular to the case and double as a table clock.
Nearly 60 years after its initial debut, Cartier decided to reissue the Tank Basculante in the 1990s. The watch was modeled closely after the original and adorned with classic Cartier treatments including a silver guilloché dial, black roman numeral hour markers, and blued steel hands. There were several variations of the new Basculante, and most were powered by quartz movements. However, Cartier fitted its largest size, the reference 2390, with the mechanical caliber 050, which was a Piaget-based ultra-thin movement reserved for the brand’s premier offerings.
Given this distinction, it’s no surprise that the reference 2390 has become the most collectable of the Basculante reissues, and one of the most desirable Tanks to own. The large case and swiveling design set it apart from traditional offerings and provide one of the more delightful user experiences both on and off the wrist.
Tank Basculante LM
Veblenist navy blue saffiano calfksin strap with tang buckle
Max Wrist Size:
Hand model has a wrist size of 6.2 in
UNWORN: Case is pristine with no signs of use. Original stickers may still be present. Dial, hands, and lume have no imperfections and may show natural, even aging.
MINT: Case has only a few superficial hairlines. Lugs are thick, full, and sharp with superb finishing. Dial, hands, and lume may have micro imperfections visible only with a loupe.
EXCELLENT: Case has very light scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick, full, and well-defined. Dial and hands may have imperfections visible upon close inspection. Lume is fully intact and may show slight discoloration.
VERY GOOD: Case may have a few moderate scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick and full but may have softened edges. Dial and hands may have light stains or marks. Lume may have cracks or discoloration.
GOOD: Case has many scratches and nicks. Lugs may show signs of moderate polishing with worn edges. Dial and hands may have noticeable stains or marks. Lume may be damaged or show significant discoloration.
Case: The case is overall in great condition with light signs of wear throughout, the most notable of which are two tiny dings to the polished tracks at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions, and a light scratch to the brushed case at 7 o'clock. The lug tracks are nice and thick and show a few hairlines and micro scuffs. The reverse side of the face and the caseback have a few light scratches, but nothing major. The model and serial number engravings are sharp and detailed.
Dial, Hands, & Crystal: The silver guilloché dial and blued sword hands are in pristine condition. The sapphire crystal was just replaced at servcie and is perfect.
Bracelet/Strap: The Veblenist navy blue saffiano calfskin strap is brand new and in unworn condition.
Functions: All functions including the crown-winding and time-setting are working as expected.
Service History: The watch recently underwent a full service by Cartier that was completed on 07/31/2023.