1980s Cartier 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
Brand Cartier
Style Tank LC
Model 78086
Serial 78086XXXX
Size Men's
Material 18K Yellow Gold
Dial White Roman "Swiss"
Millimeters 23.5x30
Bracelet 2pc Handmade Leather Strap W/ 18K YG Cartier Tang Buckle


The classic 18K yellow gold case is believed to be unpolished as the factory finishing is 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 expected for an unpolished gold case from this era. The watch retains its original blue sapphire cabochon crown. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap with an original 18K YG Cartier tang buckle.


The beautifully preserved "Swiss" signed white Roman numeral dial is in exceptional condition with no cracking present in the top lacquer of the dial and no notable age or damage present. The original blued hands are also in excellent condition with no age or wear present.


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