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Men's Cartier Watches

Founded in Paris in 1847, Cartier is the consummate French Jeweler, specializing in acutely modern, supremely elegant jewelry designs (Love, Trinity and Juste un Clou to name a few) and some of the world’s most sought-after timepieces.

Cartier watches are the brainchild of Louis Cartier, son of founder Louis-Francois. The younger Cartier is said to have invented the wristwatch after Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont complained to him of the difficulty of reading the time on a pocket watch while flying a plane (a task that requires two hands). Thus, the Santos watch was born, a model that remains very much in demand when it comes to vintage Cartier watches.


Popular Styles

The most legendary of Cartier watches is of course the Tank, another Louis Cartier triumph of design, which has been a mainstay of the maison since 1917 (its shape is loosely based on the tracks of a World War I-era Renault tank).

Most collectible Tank watches bear the defining characteristics of the classic: a rectangular face with roman numerals, sleek, polished chemin-de-fer, sword- or spade-shaped hands and a blue cabochon sapphire winding crown. With its round face and four Arabic numerals, Pasha debuted in the 1980s and also stands out among Cartier’s must-have horological style icons.


Quick Facts

  • French watchmaker Edmond Jaeger (of Jaeger-LeCoultre fame) produced the movements for Cartier’s watches in the early to mid 1900s
  • Warren Beatty wore a Tank for photographs and interviews while promoting the film "Bonnie & Clyde" (1968)
  • In 1981, the maison decried the rampant counterfeiting of its goods by publicly destroying hundreds of fake Cartier watches via steamroller

Recommended Items at Auction

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Cartier: a bi-colour Panthere Vendome wrist watch
Oct 22, 11:00 AM BST
Cartier: a bi-colour Panthere Vendome wrist watch
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £500- £700
£2402 Bids
Cartier, 'Tank Basculante' stainless steel wristwatch, Ref. 2405
Oct 20, 3:00 PM EDT
Cartier, 'Tank Basculante' stainless steel wristwatch, Ref. 2405
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,0002 Bids
Cartier: a Tortue wrist watch
Oct 22, 11:00 AM BST
Cartier: a Tortue wrist watch
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£7500 Bids
Cartier, 'Ballon Bleu de Cartier' pink gold and diamond wristwatch, Ref. 3003
Oct 20, 3:00 PM EDT
Cartier, 'Ballon Bleu de Cartier' pink gold and diamond wristwatch, Ref. 3003
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $15,000- $20,000
$12,0000 Bids
Cartier, 'La Dona' white gold and diamond wristwatch, Ref. 2905
Oct 20, 3:00 PM EDT
Cartier, 'La Dona' white gold and diamond wristwatch, Ref. 2905
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $8,000- $12,000
$5,5000 Bids
Cartier, 'Santos Galbee' steel and gold wristwatch, Ref. 2961
Oct 20, 3:00 PM EDT
Cartier, 'Santos Galbee' steel and gold wristwatch, Ref. 2961
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2,4000 Bids
Cartier, 'Tank Americaine' gold and leather wristwatch, Ref. 2927
Oct 20, 3:00 PM EDT
Cartier, 'Tank Americaine' gold and leather wristwatch, Ref. 2927
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$4,0000 Bids
Cartier, 'Tank Anglaise' gold and diamond wristwatch, Ref. 3509
Oct 20, 3:00 PM EDT
Cartier, 'Tank Anglaise' gold and diamond wristwatch, Ref. 3509
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $15,000- $20,000
$10,0000 Bids
Cartier Paul Revere Reproduction Cup
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Cartier Paul Revere Reproduction Cup
by Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Vintage Cartier Pewter Weighted Candlestick Holder
Nov 13, 2:00 PM EST
Vintage Cartier Pewter Weighted Candlestick Holder
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $150- $300
$1200 Bids
Cartier rollerball, 2nd half of t
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Cartier rollerball, 2nd half of t
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1200 Bids
Cartier. Inde Mystérieuse Colletion. A pair of earrings circa 2000 for not pierced ears
Oct 27, 4:00 PM CEST
Cartier. Inde Mystérieuse Colletion. A pair of earrings circa 2000 for not pierced ears
by Sala de Ventas
Est: €0- €0
€1,6000 Bids
CARTIER
Oct 21, 10:30 AM CEST
CARTIER
by HVMC - Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo
Est: €900- €1,200
€9000 Bids
CARTIER
Oct 21, 10:30 AM CEST
CARTIER
by HVMC - Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo
Est: €900- €1,200
€9000 Bids
Thomas François Cartier (1879-
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
Thomas François Cartier (1879-
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1,3000 Bids
Cartier 18kt Yellow and White Gold Earrings
Oct 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Cartier 18kt Yellow and White Gold Earrings
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$8000 Bids
Cartier Tortoise Shell Picture Frame
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
Cartier Tortoise Shell Picture Frame
by Fortuna Auction
Est: $5,500- $6,500
$4,5000 Bids
Cartier Multi-Gemstone and Diamond Earrings
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
Cartier Multi-Gemstone and Diamond Earrings
by Fortuna Auction
Est: $7,000- $8,000
$6,0000 Bids
CARTIER Santos 100 ref. 2656 men's with steel case…
Oct 28, 5:00 PM CEST
CARTIER Santos 100 ref. 2656 men's with steel case…
by Subastas Segre
Est: €2,800- €4,200
€2,8000 Bids
CARTIER JUSTE UN CLOU 18K ROSE GOLD ALL DIAMOND
Oct 30, 11:30 AM EDT
CARTIER JUSTE UN CLOU 18K ROSE GOLD ALL DIAMOND
by Joshua Kodner
Est: $40,000- $60,000
$15,0000 Bids
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CARTIER “AUTOSCAPH 21” AUTOMATIC WATCH
Oct 29, 11:00 AM EDT
CARTIER “AUTOSCAPH 21” AUTOMATIC WATCH
by Eldred's
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
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CARTIER 18KT GOLD AND DIAMOND RING Approx. 3.64 total dwt.
Oct 29, 11:00 AM EDT
CARTIER 18KT GOLD AND DIAMOND RING Approx. 3.64 total dwt.
by Eldred's
Est: $2,500- $3,000
$1,2000 Bids
GENTLEMENS CARTIER TANK AMERICAINE 18CT GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH W/ BOX & BOOKLETS REF. 2504
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
GENTLEMENS CARTIER TANK AMERICAINE 18CT GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH W/ BOX & BOOKLETS REF. 2504
by Sterling Vault Auctioneers
Est: £3,800- £4,600
£1,9000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Men's Cartier Watches


Rago Arts and Auction Center

Rago Arts and Auction Center

Antiquorum Genève SA

Antiquorum Genève SA

Eldred's

Eldred's

Lyon & Turnbull

Lyon & Turnbull