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Cartier Tank Americaine 18K

We are happy to introduce you to this beautiful Cartier Tank Americaine in 18k yellow gold.

The Cartier Tank needs no introduction. But this particular example is a little different from your typical Tank. For starters, it is the elongated and curved “Americaine” variant. But that is not all. It comes with several highly attractive details.

Have a look, for instance, at the crown. Rather than your typical cabochon Spinel, it is fitted with a faceted gem matching the “nut-style” crown perfectly. Or look closely at the date aperture. It is fitted with its own little loupe, sunk into the dial itself. It is the tiniest of details that make watches so fascinating!

This specimen comes with a reliable Quartz movement and original Cartier plated buckle. It also features 2021 service papers from Cartier.

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Tank Americaine

Model

Brand

Cartier

Reference

811904

Material

18k Yellow gold

Year of production (circa)

1989

Crystal

Sapphire

Dial color

Beige

Movement

Quartz

Diameter

23,5x41mm

Bracelet/strap:

Leather

Buckle/clasp

Original plated buckle

Lug Width

17 mm

Set Content

Service papers

Details
Model Tank Americaine
Diameter 23,5x41mm
Brand Cartier
Bracelet/strap: Leather
Reference 811904
Buckle/clasp Original plated buckle
Material 18k Yellow gold
Lug Width 17 mm
Year of production (circa) 1989
Set Content Service papers
Crystal Sapphire
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Beige
Movement Quartz
Backstory

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.

Shipping
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