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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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No Reserve - Cartier Santos Dumont 2649 - Men's watch.
Mar 06, 6:00 PM CET
No Reserve - Cartier Santos Dumont 2649 - Men's watch.
by Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen
Est: €5,000- €7,500
€3,20020 Bids
No Reserve - Cartier Santos 4072 - Men's watch.
Mar 06, 6:00 PM CET
No Reserve - Cartier Santos 4072 - Men's watch.
by Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen
Est: €4,800- €6,000
€2,80017 Bids
A Cartier Must Gentleman's Wrist Watch
Feb 29, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Cartier Must Gentleman's Wrist Watch
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD8009 Bids
No Reserve - Cartier Tank Française 2302 - Men's watch.
Mar 06, 6:00 PM CET
No Reserve - Cartier Tank Française 2302 - Men's watch.
by Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen
Est: €1,750- €2,300
€1,3008 Bids
No Reserve - Cartier Santos 100 XL 2656 - Men's watch.
Mar 06, 6:00 PM CET
No Reserve - Cartier Santos 100 XL 2656 - Men's watch.
by Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen
Est: €2,500- €3,500
€1,0507 Bids
No Reserve - Cartier Drive de Cartier Moonphase WSNM0008 - Men's Watch.
Mar 06, 6:00 PM CET
No Reserve - Cartier Drive de Cartier Moonphase WSNM0008 - Men's Watch.
by Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen
Est: €6,000- €8,000
€1,9006 Bids
Cartier Stainless Steel 'Santos' Wristwatch, Ref. 2423
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Cartier Stainless Steel 'Santos' Wristwatch, Ref. 2423
by Doyle New York
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$8005 Bids
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CARTIER Santos Ref. 187901 Men's wristwatch from 1989.
Mar 02, 4:00 PM CET
CARTIER Santos Ref. 187901 Men's wristwatch from 1989.
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €2,000- €3,700
€2,4002 Bids
No Reserve - Cartier Panthère Cougar 187904 - Men's watch - 1993.
Mar 06, 6:00 PM CET
No Reserve - Cartier Panthère Cougar 187904 - Men's watch - 1993.
by Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen
Est: €2,500- €3,500
€102 Bids
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CARTIER Santos Galbée XL Automatic Ref. 2823 Men's wristwatch.
Mar 02, 4:00 PM CET
CARTIER Santos Galbée XL Automatic Ref. 2823 Men's wristwatch.
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €3,000- €4,000
€3,0001 Bid
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CARTIER Tank Ref. 1140 Quartz men's wristwatch.
Mar 02, 4:00 PM CET
CARTIER Tank Ref. 1140 Quartz men's wristwatch.
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €4,000- €6,000
€4,0001 Bid
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CARTIER Santos Galbee LM men's watch, Ref. 2961.
Mar 02, 4:00 PM CET
CARTIER Santos Galbee LM men's watch, Ref. 2961.
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €1,500- €3,500
€1,5001 Bid
Brand New 2023 Cartier De Santos Green Dial Comes with
Feb 27, 8:00 AM PST
Brand New 2023 Cartier De Santos Green Dial Comes with
by Papps Family Liquidation.com
Est: $14,000- $18,000
$6,0000 Bids
Cartier heren polshorloge in stalen kast en met zw…
Feb 28, 7:00 PM CET
Cartier heren polshorloge in stalen kast en met zw…
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €1,500- €2,000
€7500 Bids
CARTIER SANTOS 100 REF 2740 A STAINLESS STEEL AND GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRIST WATCH PURCHASED 2011
Mar 18, 4:00 PM AEDT
CARTIER SANTOS 100 REF 2740 A STAINLESS STEEL AND GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRIST WATCH PURCHASED 2011
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD4,000- AUD6,000
AUD3,6000 Bids
Le Coultre & Co.
Mar 13, 4:00 PM CET
Le Coultre & Co.
by Artcurial Beurret Bailly Widmer
Est: CHF6,000- CHF8,000
CHF6,0000 Bids
New Santos De Cartier Chrono Comes with Box & Papers
Feb 28, 8:00 AM PST
New Santos De Cartier Chrono Comes with Box & Papers
by Papps Family Liquidation.com
Est: $13,000- $15,000
$7,5000 Bids
Ballon Da Cartier Watch Comes with Box & Papers
Feb 28, 8:00 AM PST
Ballon Da Cartier Watch Comes with Box & Papers
by Papps Family Liquidation.com
Est: $11,000- $13,000
$5,0000 Bids
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Mens Cartier Santos Galbee 18k Yellow Gold Tone Watch
Feb 28, 5:00 PM EST
Mens Cartier Santos Galbee 18k Yellow Gold Tone Watch
by Activity Auctions
Est: $8,000- $12,000
$5,0000 Bids
A CARTIER CHRONOGRAPH with three subsidiary dials and leather strap.
Mar 06, 10:30 AM GMT
A CARTIER CHRONOGRAPH with three subsidiary dials and leather strap.
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,3000 Bids
New Santos De Cartier Chrono Comes with Box & Papers
Mar 04, 8:00 AM PST
New Santos De Cartier Chrono Comes with Box & Papers
by Papps Family Liquidation.com
Est: $13,000- $15,000
$7,5000 Bids
Ballon Da Cartier Watch Comes with Box & Papers
Mar 01, 8:00 AM PST
Ballon Da Cartier Watch Comes with Box & Papers
by Papps Family Liquidation.com
Est: $11,000- $13,000
$5,0000 Bids
New Santos De Cartier Chrono Comes with Box & Papers
Mar 01, 8:00 AM PST
New Santos De Cartier Chrono Comes with Box & Papers
by Papps Family Liquidation.com
Est: $13,000- $15,000
$7,5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Men's Cartier Watches


Papps Family Liquidation.com

Papps Family Liquidation.com

Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen

Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen

Auktionshaus Eppli

Auktionshaus Eppli

Leonard Joel

Leonard Joel