Cartier Mini tank 828001Cartier Mini tank 828001

Cartier Mini Tank Ref. 828001

Pioneers of Elegance: Cartier’s Iconic Legacy

For decades, the prestigious house of Cartier has been at the forefront of defining jewelry design trends throughout the 20th century. From the extravagant opulence of La Belle Époque to the geometric allure and exotic motifs of the Art Deco movement, Cartier has consistently crafted iconic pieces that have left an indelible mark in the annals of jewelry history. Their contributions extend beyond adornments, encompassing the development of classic wristwatches and ornate clocks. A true emblem of luxury and refinement, Cartier has shaped the very essence of design and craftsmanship, earning global recognition.

Now, behold the exquisite mini-Tank ref 1085, a testament to Cartier’s timeless elegance. Its petite proportions ensure a perfect fit on any woman’s wrist. Crafted from 18k yellow gold and powered by a manual movement, this timepiece exudes sophistication. Adorned with a burgundy croco strap, it presents a harmonious fusion of style and functionality. Words can hardly do justice to this exceptional creation; it beckons you to come and witness its allure firsthand. And to make things even better, it comes with papers.



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Brand Cartier
Diameter 15 x 25 mm
Model Mini Tank
Bracelet/strap: Leather
Reference 828001
Buckle/clasp Aftermarket plated
Year of production (circa) 1991
Lug Width 10 mm
Material 18k Yellow gold
Set Content Original papers, Cartier service papers
Crystal Mineral
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Silver
Movement Quartz

The Cartier Tank was designed by Louis Cartier in 1917. Its design was inspired by the brand new, awe-inspiring Renault FT-17 tank, used in WWI. We may consider the Tank to be a classical shape today, but back in 1917, it was a design revolution, much like the Renault that inspired it. The very first public example was given to General John Pershing in 1918.

The iconic design looks simple and elegant, but is deceptively complex at the same time. The nearly square case is flanked by two brancards, giving the watch its slender, rectangular appearance. A form that is clearly taken from the Renault tank with its tracks. A white dial, black Roman numerals, heat-blued hands, rail-road track and sapphire cabochon crown complete the typical Tank design.

Countless variations on the theme exist though. 1921 Saw the introduction of the elongated Cintrée models. In the 1970’s, in response to the Quartz crisis, Cartier launched the Must de Cartier line. These Tanks were powered by more affordable quartz or mechanical ETA calibers and the cases were plated silver, rather than 18k gold. The Tank Americaine was launched in the late 1980’s. The elongated and curved shape was reminiscent of the Cintrée, but a little less delicate in form. The more angular, modern Tank Francaise was added to the collection in 1995. More niche variants such as the Tank Chinoise and the odd “digital” Tank a Guichet are available for those with a taste for something different.

The Cartier Tank has always been a celebrity favorite. Iconic figures such as Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali and Jackie Kennedy wore Tanks. Jackie Kennedy’s specific watch was later acquired by Kim Kardashian for a whopping $395.000,- at auction. Today, you might spot a Tank Francaise on the Dutch Queen Maxima’s wrist.

The Cartier Tank is surely one of the most iconic watch designs out there. You can easily put it side-by-side with the Rolex Submariner and AP Royal Oak as one of those genre-defining designs. It is tempting to throw the term iconic around in the watch world, but it is justified here beyond a shadow of a doubt.


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Year of production (circa)



18k Yellow gold



Dial color





15 x 25 mm




Aftermarket plated

Lug Width

10 mm

Set Content

Original papers, Cartier service papers