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

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, 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 # CTRTLCP78086-5
Brand Cartier
Style Tank LC
Model 78086
Serial 8XXX
Size Men's / Unisex
Material 18K Yellow Gold
Dial White Roman "Paris"
Millimeters 23.5x30
Bracelet 2pc Custom Dark Grey Ostrich Leather Strap W/ 18K YG Cartier Deployant Clasp


The iconic 18K yellow gold square case is in excellent overall condition, featuring all of its original hallmarks and factory markings throughout with gentle signs of use or previous polishing present. The watch retains its original blue sapphire cabochon crown. The watch comes supplied on a custom dark grey ostrich leather strap with a Cartier 18K deployant clasp, the strap is sized to fit a 6 1/2-inch wrist.


The original white Roman numeral "Paris" dial features the hidden Cartier signature within the 7 o'clock numeral and is in very attractive and presentable vintage condition, with the only visible element of age being a subtle hairline surface spidering. The blued hands remain in excellent condition.


The watch comes with a classic Cartier box. The watch is keeping time, but the service history is unknown. A movement service can be provided upon request.