1980s Cartier Paris Tank LC (Ref. 78086) 18K YG

The Cartier Tank has become one of the most iconic watch designs of all time, and other than some more eclectic references produced has remained relatively the same over its long run of production. The Cartier Tank was originally designed in 1917 and became commercially available in 1919, and its design was inspired by the Renault FT-17 tank used by the French Military in the First World War. 

The Cartier Tank is the perfect example of excellent design transcending generations. The Tank moved through the early 20th century only to become more relevant during the mid-century design era, and is once again seeing a massive resurgence amongst the watch-collecting community today.

The now more than 100-year-old watch design was the timepiece of choice for many of the cultural elite throughout history, the most famous of which being Princess Diana, Muhammed Ali, and of course Andy Warhol who was actually quoted saying the iconic phrase "I don't wear a Tank watch to tell the time. In fact, I never wind it. I wear a Tank because it's the watch to wear.” 

Stock # CTRTLCP78086-2
Brand Cartier
Style Tank LC
Model 78086
Serial XX
Size Men's
Material 18K Yellow Gold
Dial White Roman "Paris"
Millimeters 23.5x30
Bracelet 2pc Handmade Leather Strap W/ 18K YG Cartier Deployant Clasp 


The classic 18K yellow gold case is in excellent condition and features deep and crisp hallmarks and factory markings throughout with only gentle signs of use present. The case retains its original. The watch retains its original blue sapphire cabochon crown. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc lizard leather strap with a Cartier 18K deployant clasp, the strap is currently sized to fit a 6 3/4-inch wrist though the strap can be sized to fit larger or smaller wrists.  


The original white Roman numeral "Paris" dial is in exceptional condition, the dial displays some minor surface spidering which is commonly seen in Cartier dials of this era, though no actual damage, age, or chipping is present.The original blued hands are in flawless condition.


None. The watch is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.

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