We have here an elegant Cartier Tank with a rather unusual dial aging. The dial has aged in a really unusual and unique way and has created a spider effect, which we absolutely love! The dial is signed 'must de Cartier' at 12 o'clock and has the famous Cartier logo and 'Swiss' at 6 o'clock, along with gilt hour and minute hands, all of which create a sense of symmetry on the watch. And, of course, no Cartier would be complete without the trademark cabochon winding crown.
The vermeil case, also known as silver gilt, or gold-plated sterling silver, measures 21mm and is a very comfortable wear on the wrist. Inside the case is the mechanical manual wind Swiss caliber, fully serviced by us and running strongly. We've paired this watch on a brown leather strap, but it looks great on anything.
The Cartier Tank is over 100 years old and is still one of the most recognizable watch designs ever made. It was inspired by the top view of the First World War Tanks, where the tracks ran around the body of the vehicle, and during an age where machines were inspiring design everywhere through design movement including Cubism, Bauhaus and de Still. When it was first designed in 1919, the simple design followed Louis Cartier’s design codes from his earlier wristwatches; the railway-style minute tracking, Roman numerals, blue steel hands, the cabochon winding crown and, Cartier’s own invention, the deployment buckle. It was also at this time that Edmond Jaeger designed the movements, which were made by LeCoultre. In the 50 years since the first Cartier Tank was sold, only 6,000 were ever produced (6 were produced in the first year and 33 in the second), making Tanks from this age incredibly rare.
It wasn’t until 1976 that the in-house Must de Cartier Tank was launched, the first product in the in-house Must line. These Tanks were made of vermeil, or silver gilt, which is gold-plated sterling silver. This made the new line more affordable whilst still having the prestige of being made from a precious metal. Various sizes, dial colours and finishes were then produced for both men and women. The Must de Cartier line was faded out at the beginning of the 21st century.
This watch has been fully serviced by our on-site workshop and comes with our 12 month, non-waterproof service cover.
What we think
Cartier Tanks have been worn by the greats throughout its lifetime including Fred Astaire, Jackie Kennedy, Michelle Obama and Princess Diana. Andy Warhol famously said, “I don’t wear a Tank to tell the time. In fact, I never wind it. I wear a Tank because it’s the watch to wear.”
If you are after a Tank with a Roman numeral dial, check out our other listing here!
Serial : 304****
Reference : Tank
Movement : Mechanical Manual Wind
Age : 1971/1980
Specific Age : Circa 70s
Case Size : 21mm
Case Thickness : 8mm
Lug to Lug : 29mm
Lugs : 14mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : No
Case Material : 18ct Gold Over Sterling Silver 925
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty