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Tank Française Watch
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Tank Française Watch

About the Design

Designed in 1916 by Louis Cartier (1875–1942) — the grandson of Cartier founder Louis-François Cartier — the Tank watch, like few other wristwatches, has seen consistent success since its inception. A variation of the original called the Tank Française watch debuted in 1996 — a modern interpretation of the design that launched the line. Today, the Française is the most popular watch in the series.

Named as a tribute to the formidable Renault tanks that Louis Cartier observed on the Western Front during the first World War — the case was in itself intended to evoke a tank’s cockpit, while the rectangular brancards visually resemble the armored vehicle’s treads — Cartier’s original Tank watch was conceived as a gift from Louis to General John Pershing of the American Expeditionary Force that was stationed in Europe. In 1919, the design entered its first full year of production but was limited to just six watches, and for many years, Cartier manufactured less than 100 of the model annually. 

Wholly rare and wonderfully unadorned, the Tank was an instant hit upon its debut (even as Cartier worried about marketing the piece to men and convincing them to ditch their beloved pocket watches). Subsequent variations, which include the admired Tank Chinoise, Tank Louis Cartier, Tank à Guichets and Tank Obus, are revered by watch lovers the world over, but the Tank Française is widely considered to be the pinnacle of contemporary Tank design. Princess Diana owned an all-gold Française, while former First Lady Michelle Obama was photographed for her official White House portrait with the stainless-steel version on her wrist.

Similar to the Panthère de Cartier watch, the Française was the first of the Cartier Tank series to have a chain-link bracelet — a prominent modification in lieu of the rest of the series’ leather straps. The collection’s characteristic black Roman numerals and sword-shaped hands remained intact for the Française, but the case is more square-shaped than the overtly rectangular original. While it’s true that the Tank Française introduced a casual and more modern aesthetic to the French classic — and you might instead reach for your Panthère rather than your Tank Française to complement formal wear for a fancy cocktail party — this addition to the Tank series retains all of the elegance and sophistication of the original, sporty or not. It’s available with or without diamonds in stainless steel, yellow or pink gold and in a two-toned edition that features accents of both.

Cartier Tank Francaise Watch

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Cartier Tank Francaise 2385 W50002N2 18K Yellow Gold Ladies Quartz Watch
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Tank Francaise 2385 W50002N2 18K Yellow Gold Ladies Quartz Watch 20mm
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Early 2000s Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Cartier Tank Française XL Automatic Wristwatch, Ref. 2564, Stainless Steel
By Cartier
Located in Berlin, DE
Strap and folding clasp original Cartier! Including certificate of authenticity.
Category

Early 2000s Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Stainless Steel Tank Francaise, Small
By Cartier
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Movement: quartz Function: hours, minutes, date Case: 30 X 25mm stainless steel case, push pull crown, sapphire crystal Dial: white dial, black transferred Roman numerals, and steel ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Tank Allongee Lanieres 2544 18 Karat White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch Box
By Cartier
Located in Washington Depot, CT
Cartier Tank Allongee Lanieres 18K White Gold and Diamond Ladies Watch Model: W15364W3 / 2544 Serial: 13930CE This authentic Cartier Tank watch is set in 18K white gold Bezel is s...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

White Diamond, Diamond, White Gold

Cartier Tank Française LM 18k White Gold Pavé Bezel and Bracelet Unworn Full Set
By Cartier
Located in Geneva, CH
Cartier Tank Française GM Pavé Bezel and Bracelet Link Large Model (LM) 35mm X 20mm In Full 18K White Gold Reference n° WE1003SF Original Cartier Diamond Setting Diamond Crown Diamon...
Category

Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Gold

Cartier Watch Tank Francaise
By Cartier
Located in Paris, FR
Beautiful Cartier Tank for Ladie's, powered by quartz (battery) movement in a square stainless steel case is in very good condition. With roman numerals. The stainless steel band op...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Tank Francaise 2465 VS Diamond Bezel Ladies Quartz Watch
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary

Cartier Tank Française GM Stainless Steel Automatic Unworn Full Set
By Cartier
Located in Geneva, CH
Cartier Tank Française Reference n° W5101755 Grand Model (GM) Stainless Steel 36mm X 30mm Size Blue Leather Strap Automatic Movement Roman Numerals Guilloché White Dial Blue Cabochon...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Stainless Steel Tank Francaise Watch W51002Q3
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Stainless Steel Tank Francaise Watch W51002Q3 - Quartz. Stainless Steel ( 28 x 35 mm ) ; date at 6 o'clock. Silver Guilloche dial with Roman numerals. Stainless steel Cartie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Française GM Stainless Steel Automatic Unworn Full Set
By Cartier
Located in Geneva, CH
Cartier Tank Française GM Stainless Steel Reference n°W51002Q3 GM ( Grand Model ) 28mm X 24mm Size Stainless Steel Case & Bracelet Silver Guilloché Dial Blue Sapphire Cabbuchon Crown...
Category

Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Rose Gold 160th Anniversary Watch W51036Q4
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Rose Gold 160th Anniversary Watch W51036Q4. Quartz movement. Rectangular stainless steel 20.0 x 25.0 mm case. Octagonal 18k rose gold crown set with a bl...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold, Stainless Steel

Cartier 'Tank Française' White Gold and Diamond Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Authentic Cartier 'Tank Française' watch crafted in 18 karat white gold. The rectangular case (20 mm x 25 mm) is set with high-quality round brilliant cut diamonds and the octagonal ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Stainless Steel Tank Francaise Chronograph Wristwatch Ref 2303
By Cartier
Located in Stamford, CT
Cartier Stainless Steel Tank Francaise Chronograph Wristwatch Ref 2303, quartz movement. Stainless Steel Length: 36mm Width: 28mm Case thickness: 6.7mm Bracelet width at case:...
Category

Late 20th Century 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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Tank Française White Gold and Diamond Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Authentic Cartier 'Tank Française' watch crafted in 18 karat white gold. The rectangular case (20 mm x 25 mm) is set with high-quality round brilliant cut diamonds and the octagonal ...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Tank Française Ladies 18 Karat Gold Two-Tone Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Hicksville, NY
1998 Ladies Cartier Tank Française Wrist Watch - 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel Features: Model Reference: 2384 Comes with Red Suede Travel Pouch & Cartier Certificate 18 Kar...
Category

Late 20th Century Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Cartier Large Tank Francaise White Gold Silver Dial Diamond Set WE1003SF
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
An 18k White Gold Tank Francaise Large Unisex Wristwatch, silver guilloche dial with roman numerals and a secret signature at "V" of "VII", date at 6 0'clock, blued steel sword shape...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold, Silver

Stainless Steel Cartier Tank Française, circa 2000
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Stainless steel Cartier Tank Française, Ref. 2302, circa 2000, is a square and curved, center seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with date and a stai...
Category

Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

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...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Cartier Large Tank Francaise White Gold Silver Dial Diamond Set WE1003SF
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
An 18k White Gold Tank Francaise Large Unisex Wristwatch, silver guilloche dial with roman numerals and a secret signature at "V" of "VII", date at 6 0'clock, blued steel sword shape...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold, Silver

Cartier Tank Francaise Chronoreflex Steel Watch Quartz W51001Q3 2303
By Cartier
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Pre-owned Cartier Tank Francaise designed in stainless steel. The watch has a battery powered movement, three subdials, blue cabochon crown, two push buttons, link bracelet and hidde...
Category

Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Tank Française Quartz Movement Medium Model Men's Watch WSTA0005
By Cartier
Located in Wilmington, DE
Medium model, quartz movement, steel Tank Française watch, medium model, quartz movement. Steel case, steel octagonal crown set with a synthetic cabochon-shaped spinel, silver-graine...
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2010s Wrist Watches