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Cartier Silver Stainless Steel Calibre De Cartier Men's Wristwatch 42 MM
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Simple yet classic, this sophisticated Calibre De Cartier wristwatch is an elegant piece of accessory. The classy design features a silver dial with concentric circles on the outer d...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver, Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Black Stainless Steel Rubber Pasha de Cartier Men's Wristwatch 40.5mm
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Impress everyone when you flaunt this Pasha de Cartier timepiece on your wrist. Swiss made, it has been beautifully crafted from stainless steel and enhanced with rubber. The Pasha d...
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2010s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Stainless Steel Automatic Men's Watch W7100057
By Cartier
Located in Philadelphia, PA
With Manufacturer Serial Numbers Self-winding automatic movement Swiss Made Black Dial - Roman Numeral Hour Markers Overall Very good Condition 1,000 feet water resistance Acc...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Cartier Roadster XXL Chronograph Automatic Men's Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Stainless Steel Cartier Roadster XXL Chronograph Automatic Men's Wrist Watch SKU: WA00029 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Cartier Model: Stainless Steel Cartier Roadster XXL Chronograph Co...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronograph W7100045 or 3578 Men's Stainless Steel
By Cartier
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: COM002749 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Calibre de Cartier Model Variant: Chronograph Model Number: W7100045 or 3578 Age: 2010 Gender: Men Complete With: Xupes Presen...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Stainless Steel Tank 2302 Francaise Automatic Men's Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Stainless Steel Tank 2302 Francaise Automatic Mens Wristwatch SKU: WA00026 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Cartier Model: MENS STAINLESS TANK FRANCAISE Country of Origin: Movement...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu Automatic Steel Men's Watch W69012Z4
By Cartier
Located in Cheyenne, WY
Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 42 mm, mechanical movement with automatic winding. Steel case, fluted crown decorated with a synthetic spinel cabochon, silvered guilloché dial, Roman n...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Cartier Drive de Cartier Black Dial Steel Men's Watch WSNM0009 Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Drive de Cartier Black Dial Steel Mens Watch WSNM0009 Box Papers. Automatic self-winding movement. Cousion shape stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Crown cover with fa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Cartier Drive de Cartier Silver Dial Steel Mens Watch WSNM0004 Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Drive de Cartier Silver Dial Steel Mens Watch WSNM0004 Box Papers. Automatic self-winding movement. Cousion shape stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Crown cover with f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver, Steel

Cartier Calibre de Cartier Men's Stainless Steel Watch W7100037 3389
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Men's Stainless Steel Watch W7100037 3389 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case (42mm diameter). Black dial with white Roman numerals and stick markers...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Cartier Drive de Cartier WSNM0004 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Retail price 6,250 USD. In excellent condition and recently serviced by a certified watchmaker. All components are factory original. Photos of actual watch. Cartier Caliber 1904-PS M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Cartier Ballon Bleu Steel Silver Dial Automatic Men's Watch W69012Z4
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Cartier Ballon Bleu W69012Z4 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by a mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a ro...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

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Cartier Roadster XL W6206019 or 3405 Men Stainless Steel Chronograph Watch
By Cartier
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002844 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Roadster Model Variant: XL Model Number: W6206019 or 3405 Age: 42005 Gender: Men Complete With: Cartier Box, Manuals & Guaran...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Roadster 2510 Men's Stainless Steel & Yellow Gold Large Automatic Watch
By Cartier
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: COM002741 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Roadster Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 2510 Age: 2010 Gender: Men Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: Silver Roman Gl...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel, Yellow Gold

Pre-Owned Cartier Men's Xl Santos 100 Stainless Steel Green Strap Auto
By Cartier
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Pre-owned Cartier Santos 100 designed in stainless steel attached to a vibrant green Cartier leather strap. The watch measures 38mm, roman numerals and second hand. One year warranty...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Pasha 42 Silver Dial Steel Men's Watch W3107255 Unworn
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Pasha 42 Silver Dial Steel Mens Watch W3107255 Unworn. Automatic self-winding movement. Round three-body polished and brushed stainless steel case 42 mm in diameter. Case bac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu Steel Silver Guilloche Dial Automatic Men's Watch W69012Z4
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Cartier Ballon Bleu W69012Z4 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a roun...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver, Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu Black Guilloche Dial Steel Men's Watch W6920042
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu 42mm Black Guilloche Dial Steel Mens Watch W6920042. Automatic self-winding movement. Round stainless steel case 42 mm in diameter, 13 mm thick. Fluted crown set ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Cle de Cartier W2CL0002 Men's Watch in 18kt Stainless Steel/Rose Gold
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Retail price 8,850 USD. In excellent condition and recently serviced by a certified watchmaker. All components are factory original. Photos of actual watch. Cartier Calibre 1847 MC, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel, Rose Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu 42 Black Dial Steel Men’s Watch W6920042
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu 42 Black Dial Steel Mens Watch W6920042. Automatic self-winding movement. Round stainless steel case 42 mm in diameter, 13 mm thick. Fluted crown set with the blu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Santos-Dumont Quartz Movement Large Model Steel Men's Watch WSSA0022
By Cartier
Located in Cheyenne, WY
Large model, quartz movement, steel, leather Santos-Dumont watch, large model, high autonomy quartz movement (~ 6 years). Steel case, beaded crown set with a blue synthetic cabochon-...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Cartier Cougar Men's/Ladies Midsize Stainless Steel Quartz Watch
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Cougar Men's/Ladies Midsize 33mm Stainless Steel Quartz Watch - Quartz. Stainless steel case (33mm diameter). Ivory colored dial with black Roman numerals; date at 3 o'clock ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee Steel and Gold Men's Quartz Watch
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Santos Galbee Steel & Gold Men's Quartz Watch - Quartz. Stainless steel case with 18k gold bezel (28mm x 40mm). Ivory colored dial with black Roman numerals; date at 6 o'cl...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Cartier Automatic Stainless Steel Roadster Men's Watch W62025V3
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Automatic Stainless Steel Roadster Men's Watch W62025V3 - Automatic. Stainless Steel Tonneau shaped case ( 37mm x 44mm). Silver dial with Roman numerals ; Date at 3 o'clock....
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Francaise 2302 Automatic Stainless-Steel Men's Watch
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Tank Francaise 2302 Automatic Stainless-Steel 28mm Mens Watch
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Cartier Panther Stainless Steel Men's Quartz Watch with Date
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Panther Stainless Steel Men's Quartz Watch with Date - Quartz. Stainless steel case (29mm x 40mm). Ivory colored dial with black Roman numerals and date at 3 o'clock. Stainle...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Francaise Chronoflex Steel Off-White Quartz Men’s Watch W51001Q3
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Cartier Tank W51001Q3 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by quartz (battery) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a rectangle shape...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Cartier Roadster Men's Stainless Steel Automatic Watch W62002V3
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Roadster Men's Stainless Steel Automatic Watch W62002V3 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case (38mm x 44mm). Gray dial with Arabic numerals; date at 3 o'clock. Stainles...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Calibre Stainless Steel Silver Dial Date Automatic Men's Watch W7100037
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Cartier Calibre De Cartier W7100037 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by a mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It ha...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Roadster Men's Stainless Steel Automatic Watch W62002V3
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Roadster Men's Stainless Steel Automatic Watch W62002V3 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case (38mm x 44mm). Gray dial with Arabic numerals; date at 3 o'clock. Stainles...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos 100 Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch W200728G Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Santos 100 Steel Yellow Gold 38mm Mens Watch W200728G Box Papers. Automatic self-winding movement caliber 049. Three body brushed stainless steel case 38.0 mm. Stainless ste...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Yellow Gold

Cartier Santos 100 W200737G or 2656 Men's Stainless Steel XL Automatic Watch
By Cartier
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002739 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Santos 100 Model Variant: 0 Model Number: W200737G or 2656 Age: 2010 Gender: Men Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Calibre de Cartier Steel Black Roman Dial Automatic Mens Watch W7100056
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Pre-owned Calibre de Cartier Steel Black Roman Dial Automatic Men's Watch. The Watch Bezel Shows Significant Scratches and scuffs on edges. Original Box and Papers are Included. Come...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Ballon Bleu XL Black Dial Chronograph Steel Men's Watch W6920077
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu XL Black Dial Chronograph Steel Mens Watch W6920077. Automatic self-winding movement. Round stainless steel case 44.0 mm in diameter, 1 3/4 mm thick. Fluted crown...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Pasha Chronograph Steel Beige Dial Quartz Mens Watch 1050-1
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Pre-owned Cartier Pasha 38mm Chronograph Steel Beige Dial Quartz Mens Watch 1050-1. No Original Box and Papers are Included. Comes with Chronostore Presentation Box and Authenticity ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank MC Blue Dial Automatic Steel Men's Watch WSTA0010 Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank MC Blue Dial Automatic Steel Mens Watch WSTA0010 Box Papers. Automatic self-winding movement caliber 1904-PS. Three body brushed stainless steel case 34.3 x 44.0 mm. Pro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu Automatic Rose Gold and Steel Men's Watch W2BB0004
By Cartier
Located in Cheyenne, WY
Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 42 mm. Manufacture self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 1847 MC. Steel case, 18K pink gold bezel, fluted 18K pink gold crown set with a synthetic c...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold, Steel

Cartier Pasha Seatimer Chrono Stainless Steel Men's Watch W31089M7
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Pasha Seatimer Chrono Stainless Steel Mens Watch W31089M7. Automatic self-winding chronograph movement. Round stainless steel case 42.5 mm in diameter. Crown cover with blue ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Cartier Ballon Bleu Automatic Yellow Gold and Steel Men's Watch W2BB0022
By Cartier
Located in Cheyenne, WY
Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 42 mm, mechanical movement with automatic winding. Steel case, 18K yellow gold fluted crown decorated with a synthetic spinel cabochon, silvered guilloc...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Cartier Pasha 42 Silver Dial Black Strap Steel Mens Watch W3107255 Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Pasha 42 Silver Dial Black Strap Steel Mens Watch W3107255 Papers. Automatic self-winding movement. Round three-body polished and brushed stainless steel case 42 mm in diamet...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver, Steel

Cartier Pasha C Stainless Steel Blue Dial Automatic Mens Watch W31014M7
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Pre-owned Cartier Pasha C Stainless Steel Blue Dial Automatic Men's Watch. The dial has a minor scratch and damaged on the bottom of the hands as visible in the last pictures. . No O...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos 100 Black Strap Steel Men's Watch W20073X8 Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Santos 100 Black Strap Steel Mens Watch W20073X8 Papers. Automatic self-winding movement caliber 049. Stainless steel case 38.0 x 38.0 mm. Protected octagonal crown set with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Roadster Tonneau Steel Silver Dial Automatic Men's Watch W6206018
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Cartier Roadster W6206018 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by an automatic movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a tonneau shape fac...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Ballon Bleu Men's Stainless Steel Automatic Watch W69012Z4 3001
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Ballon Bleu Men's 42mm Stainless Steel Automatic Watch W69012Z4 3001 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case (42mm diameter). Silver guilloche dial with black Roman numeral...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Cartier Pasha Steel Silver Arabic Guilloche Dial Automatic Men's Watch 2379
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Cartier Pasha 2379 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round shape fac...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Men's Tank Francaise Chronograph Wrist Watch
By Cartier
Located in Mount Kisco, NY
Iconic Cartier Men's Large Tank Francaise Chronograph 2303 Wrist Watch with stainless steel bracelet and deployant buckle clasp. Model number W51001Q3 with Swiss Quartz movement. Has...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Tank Francaise Chronograph Men's Watch 2303
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
CARTIER TANK FRANCAISE CHRONOGRAPH MENS WATCH 2303 • Mint condition • Stainless steel • Case size: 28x36mm • Movement: Quartz • Scratch resistant sapphire • Date display at the 12 ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu Steel Silver Dial Automatic Men's Watch W69012Z4
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Cartier Ballon Bleu W69012Z4 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a roun...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Ballon Bleu Steel Silver Guilloche Dial Automatic Men's Watch W69012Z4
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Pre-owned Cartier Ballon Bleu Steel Silver Guilloche Dial Automatic Men's Watch W69012Z4. Original Box and Papers are Included. Covered by 1-year Chronostore Warranty Details: MSRP 6...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee Moonphase 18k Gold Steel Cream Dial Men Watch 119901
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Pre-owned Cartier Santos Galbee Moonphase Solid 18k Gold Steel Cream Dial Quartz Mens Watch 119901. The Watch Case Shows Minor Dinges on the Edges and Dents. No Original Box and Pape...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Pasha Seatimer Steel Rubber Black Dial Automatic Men's Watch W31077U2
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Pre-owned Cartier Pasha Seatimer Steel Rubber Black Dial Automatic Men's Watch W31077U2. The Watch Band Rubber Cover Shows Significant Damages (Scratches, Dents) as visible in pictur...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Ballon Bleu Chronograph Steel Silver Dial Automatic Men's Watch W6920002
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Pre-owned Cartier Ballon Bleu W6920002 Chronograph Steel Silver Dial Automatic Men's Watch. Original Box and Papers are included Covered by a one-year Chronostore warranty. Details:...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Roadster Stainless Steel Silver Roman Dial Automatic Mens Watch W6206018
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Pre-owned Cartier Roadster 3312 Stainless Steel Cream Dial Automatic W6206018 Men's Watch. No Original Box and Papers are Included. The Watch Bezel Has Minor Scuffs. Comes with Chron...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Pasha Seatimer Steel Rubber Black Dial Automatic Mens Watch W31077U2
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Pre-owned Cartier Pasha Seatimer Steel Rubber Black Dial Automatic Men's Watch. Minor scratches on black rubber parts. No Original Box and Papers are Included. Comes with Chronostore...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Cle De Cartier Steel Date 18k Rose Gold Silver Dial Men's Watch W2CL0002
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Cartier Cle De Cartier W2CL0002 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a ro...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Men's Extra Large Tank Solo Stainless Steel Watch W5200028 3515
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Men's Extra Large Tank Solo Stainless Steel Watch W5200028 3515 - Automatic. Stainless steel case ( 31 mm x 41 mm ). Silver dial with black Roman numerals with date at 6 o'cl...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank MC Stainless Steel Silver Dial Automatic Men's Watch W5330003
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Cartier Tank MC W5330003 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a rectangl...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Ballon Bleu 42 Steel Automatic Men's Watch W69012Z4 Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu 42 Steel Automatic Mens Watch W69012Z4 Box Papers. Automatic self-winding movement. Round stainless steel case 42.0 mm in diameter, 13 mm thick. Fluted 18k crown ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Ballon Bleu Silver Dial Steel Yellow Gold Men's Watch W69009Z3
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu Silver Dial Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch W69009Z3. Automatic self-winding movement. Caliber 049. Round stainless steel case 42.1 mm in diameter, 13 mm thick. Flut...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Black Stainless Rubber Pasha de Cartier 2790 Men's Wristwatch 40.50MM
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Impress everyone when you flaunt this Pasha de Cartier timepiece on your wrist. Swiss made, it has been beautifully crafted from stainless steel and enhanced with a rubber bracelet. ...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

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Cartier Steel Men For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, there are many options to choose from in our inventory of cartier steel men. Frequently made of Stainless Steel, Steel and Gold, these items were constructed with great care. Find a collection of 35 vintage versions or 169 modern creations for a more contemporary example of these cherished accessories. Our collection, which features older pieces for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century, has proven very popular over the years. Our collection of cartier steel men includes designs that are universally popular, but Modern and Contemporary styles, specifically, are sought with frequency. Many pieces in our collection are stylish for most occasions, but Sapphire versions, from our inventory of 2, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, day or night. A selection of round cut and cabochon can be found today on these pages. There aren’t many items for women in our collection of cartier steel men, as most of the options available are for men.

How Much are Cartier Steel Men?

Prices for cartier steel men can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $1,550 and can go as high as $17,500, while cartier steel men, on average, fetch $5,200.

cartier Biography and Important Works

Perhaps 1847 was not the ideal time to open a new watchmaking and jewelry business, as the French Revolution was not kind to the aristocracy who could afford such luxuries. Nevertheless, it was the year Louis-François Cartier (1819–1904) — who was born into poverty — founded his eponymous empire, assuming control of the workshop of watchmaker Adolphe Picard, under whom he had previously been employed as an assistant. Of course, in the beginning, it was a relatively modest affair, but by the late 1850s, Cartier had its first royal client, Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, niece of Napoleon Bonaparte, who commissioned the jeweler to design brooches, earrings and other accessories.

Under the leadership of Louis-François’s son, Alfred, who took over in 1874, business boomed. Royalty around the world wore Cartier pieces, including Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the Maharaja of Patiala and King Edward VII, who had 27 tiaras made by the jewelry house for his coronation in 1902 and issued Cartier a royal warrant in 1904. (Today, the British royal family still dons Cartier pieces; Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, regularly sports a Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch.)

Cartier’s golden years, however, began when Alfred introduced his three sons, Louis, Pierre and Jacques, to the business. The brothers expanded Cartier globally: Louis reigned in Paris, Pierre in New York and Jacques in London, ensuring their brand’s consistency at their branches across the world. The trio also brought in such talents as Charles Jacqueau and Jeanne Toussaint.

One of Cartier’s earliest major successes was the Santos de Cartier watch — one of the world's first modern wristwatches for men. (Previously, a large number of people were using only pocket watches.) Louis designed the timepiece in 1904 for his friend, popular Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, who wanted to be able to check the time more easily while flying.

Cartier’s other famous timepieces include the Tank watch, which was inspired by the linear form of military tanks during World War I, and the so-called mystery clocks. Invented by watchmaker and magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin and later crafted exclusively for Cartier in the house’s workshop by watchmaker Maurice Couët, the mystery clocks were so named because the integration of glass dials on which the clocks’ hands would seemingly float as well as structures that are hidden away within the base give the illusion that they operate without machinery.

On the jewelry side of the business, Cartier’s internationally renowned offerings include the Tutti Frutti collection, which featured colorful carved gemstones inspired by Jacques’s trip to India and grew in popularity during the Art Deco years; the panthère motif, which has been incorporated into everything from brooches to rings; and the Love bracelet, a minimal, modernist locking bangle reportedly inspired by medieval chastity belts.

While the Cartier family sold the business following the death of Pierre in 1964, the brand continues to innovate today, renewing old hits and creating new masterpieces. It’s certainly one of the most well known and internationally revered jewelers in the world among clients both existing and aspirational.

On 1stDibs, find a growing collection of contemporary and vintage Cartier watches, engagement rings, necklaces and other accessories.