On June 21, a fine and historically important 18k gold square shaped Cartier, belonging to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is being auctioned off by Christies in NYC. Together along with a painting done by Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis, the auctioned estimated for the two are USD 60,000 – USD 120,000. The watch has a very cool engraving on the back which reads “Stas to Jackie / 23 Feb. 63 / 2:05 AM to 9:35 PM.” What makes it unique is that the engraving is done in a hand writing style. Back in the day Cartier used to do this sort of thing for their personal clients to add that extra layer of originality and exclusivity.
This watch looks very reminiscent to models that we see today. From the square gold case, silver dial with white black Cartier Roman style numerals and the black lizard strap. It is rumored for us to believe that this is the same original strap that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis once wore on this watch. This is a remarkable piece of history that belonged to one of the most famous and powerful women in the world. Something like this doesn’t come along everyday that’s for sure!
With marking on the dial signed “Cartier France” and the caseback sing “made in France, we would assume that this watch was sold in Paris. However,the word on the street is that it was actually sold at the NYC boutique in 1962. This is further established by the OYP import stamp on the manual-winding movement
I am very curious to see how much this commands at auction. Because of it’s rarity and significance in pop culture I am sure it will shatter auction estimates.