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Must de Cartier Tank Ref. 2416

Here we have a very cool specimen of the more accessible sister to the Cartier Tank, the Must de Cartier Tank.

This example is fitted in a 925 silver case. This quite common for Must de Cartier Tanks, but this one is not gold plated, leaving the silver exposed. A very attractive look.

The dial has a very fine pattern stamped into its surface. It looks a lot like guilloche work on super high-end watches. A subtle detail that truly lifts the watch.

Come and check this beauty out in our boutique at Reestraat 3 in Amsterdam

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Brand

Cartier

Model

Reference

2416

Year of production (circa)

2000

Material

Silver

Crystal

Mineral

Dial color

Silver

Movement

Quartz

Diameter

30 mm x 22 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Leather

Buckle/clasp

Original steel folding clasp

Lug Width

16 mm

Details
Brand Cartier
Movement Quartz
Model Tank
Diameter 30 mm x 22 mm
Reference 2416
Bracelet/strap: Leather
Year of production (circa) 2000
Buckle/clasp Original steel folding clasp
Material Silver
Lug Width 16 mm
Crystal Mineral
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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