Here on #VintageWatchFridays we’re always on the lookout for classic vintage watches, and they don’t get much more classic than the Cartier Tank.
The Cartier Tank
The Cartier Tank is arguably one of the brand’s most iconic designs. A stunning study in simplicity, it is instantly recognizable on the wrist, bestowing the wearer with an understated sense of chic sophistication.
What you may not know however is that the first Cartier Tank wristwatch was actually created almost a century ago in 1917 and was inspired by a simple idea: four lines, with two parallel shafts made from gold or platinum, a sapphire cabochon atop the winding crown and a leather strap.
This was followed in 1922 by the Tank Louis Cartier which featured softened angles and distinctive rounded tips on its horns, characteristics that you can still see reflected in the watch we have here for you today.
A unisex watch in every sense of the word, the Tank can be worn comfortably (and confidently) by either a man or woman. Although relatively small on the wrist, the rectangular case (which in this instance is made from 18k yellow gold) exudes a certain presence that other, larger watches could only dream of.
The silver dial features prominent black Roman numerals and inner railway minute divisions, with the only touch of color coming from the contrasting blue steel hands, which is complemented nicely by the blue sapphire cabochon set into the crown. Providing the power is a manually wound mechanical movement, although this is not visible through the solid caseback.
As per the original guidelines this 18k gold Cartier Tank is fitted to a leather strap and boasts an authentic Cartier buckle.
When it comes to dress watch with a difference, you will be hard-pressed to find something offers the same level of distinction and style as the Tank. It was a cool watch back then and it still is now.