Cartier Tank Solo XL Full SetCartier Tank Solo XL Full Set

Cartier Tank Solo XL Ref. 3800 Full Set

A super-sized icon of watch making!

This is the Cartier Tank Solo, the basic archetypal version of one of the oldest watch designs around. But this is not just any Tank Solo. This is the Cartier Tank Solo XL! Measuring in at 31×34 mm without the lugs, this is a very substantial watch.

Combined with its rugged steel bracelet, this Tank is at home on the male wrist, or as an oversized model on the feminine wrist. In any case, it is a statement!

Powered by an automatic in-house mechanical caliber 1847MC, this is not just a fashion statement. It has all the horological street-credibility you may require.

If you fall for the looks and size, there really is no alternative around. This is your watch.

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Brand

Cartier

Model

Reference

3800

Year of production (circa)

2018

Material

Steel

Crystal

Sapphire

Dial color

Silver

Movement

Automatic

Diameter

31×41 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Steel

Lug Width

23 mm

Set Content

Original box & papers

Details
Brand Cartier
Movement Automatic
Model Tank Solo XL
Diameter 31x41 mm
Reference 3800
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Year of production (circa) 2018
Lug Width 23 mm
Material Steel
Set Content Original box & papers
Crystal Sapphire
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Silver
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.

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