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 # CTRTLCP78086-3
Brand Cartier
Style Tank LC
Model 78086
Serial 10XXX
Size Men's
Material 18K Yellow Gold
Dial White Roman "Paris"
Millimeters 23.5x30
Bracelet Cartier Brown Crocodile Strap W/ 18K YG Cartier Deployant Clasp 


The classic 18K yellow gold case is in beautiful condition overall, featuring deep hallmarks and factory markings throughout while showing gentle signs of honest use. The watch retains its original blue sapphire cabochon crown. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc Cartier brown crocodile strap with a Cartier 18K deployant clasp, the strap is sized to fit a 7-inch wrist.


The original white Roman numeral "Paris" dial is in truly remarkable condition with no spidering present on the dial surface which is usually very common for this dial type in this era. The only elements of age are a few very small age spots that are practically unnoticeable to the naked eye. The original blued hands are in perfect condition.


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

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