1980s Cartier Must de Cartier Tank Vermeil (Ref. 59005) Quartz

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

The Tank is the perfect example of excellent design transcending generations. It 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 Must de Cartier line was released as a diffusion, or a more attainable and affordable version of the classic Tank. Often featured in Vermeil or "silver gilt” cases, which are comprised of gold plated sterling silver, with unique and intricately designed dials. In this instance the dial featured on this Must de Cartier is a beautiful "Trinity" dial that showcases white, rose and yellow gold stripes at the dial center with the classic Cartier Roman numeral markers and and railroad track minute track presented on its outer portion. 

Stock # CTRMDC59005
Brand Cartier Must de Cartier
Style  Tank Quartz
Model 59005
Serial 76XXX
Size Men's/Unisex
Material Vermeil
Dial Roman Numeral "Trinity"
Millimeters 23x30
Bracelet 2pc Handmade Leather Strap


The classic vermeil case appears to remain unpolished with the factory finishing in very impressive condition throughout the case and case back with extremely deep and crisp hallmarks and factory markings present. The case does show honest signs of gentle use throughout as is expected for a watch from this era. The watch retains its original blue sapphire cabochon crown and comes supplied on a 2pc leather strap.


The Roman numeral dial features the classic railroad minute track around the outer edge, which helps showcase the "Trinity" centerpiece, comprising of five stripes in alternating yellow, white and rose gold. The dial is in excellent vintage condition, showing some gentle aging throughout. The original blued hands are also in excellent condition.


None. Watch is functioning and keeping time. The watch recently received a new battery.