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Women's Cartier Watches

Founded in Paris in 1847, Cartier is the consummate French Jeweler, specializing in acutely modern, supremely elegant jewelry designs and some of the world’s most sought-after timepieces. Of these, the most legendary is Tank, a triumph of design that’s 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 vintage Cartier Tank watches will bear the hallmarks of the original: Roman numerals, sleek, sword- or spade-shaped hands and a blue cabochon sapphire winding crown.

Over the years, Cartier has introduced many iterations of Tank, with the classic rectangular face elongating or squaring off, the sleek, polished "chemin de fer" decorated with diamond pavé or the leather strap replaced by gleaming gold or stainless bracelet links.


Style Icons

The classic design has resonated with a number of stylish women, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Catherine Deneuve, Princess Diana, Charlotte Rampling, Jacqueline Bisset, and Angelina Jolie. The maison’s other horological style icons include Santos (named for Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont); Pasha (distinguished by a round face and four Arabic numerals); and Panthere (an homage to one of Cartier’s heritage motifs with a slinky, supple bracelet formed by overlapping, interwoven links).


Quick Facts

  • The Tank watch has had cameos in a number of stylish films, especially in the 1960s (e.g., "La Piscine" and "Let's Make Love")
  • Sir Elton John has worn Cartier watches throughout his career (and even wrote a song about the maison in 1980)
  • One of Cartier’s first-ever sales in America was that of a certain 45.52-carat blue diamond—the Hope Diamond

Recommended Items at Auction

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CARTIER Stainless Steel and 18K Gold 'Roadster' Wristwatch
Nov 07, 11:00 AM EDT
CARTIER Stainless Steel and 18K Gold 'Roadster' Wristwatch
by Grogan & Company
Est: $2,500- $4,000
$1,9006 Bids
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Cartier Gold and Diamond 'Panthère' Wristwatch
Oct 21, 12:00 PM EDT
Cartier Gold and Diamond 'Panthère' Wristwatch
by Doyle New York
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$3,0002 Bids
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CARTIER “SANTOS DE CARTIER” STAINLESS STEEL WATCH
Oct 29, 11:00 AM EDT
CARTIER “SANTOS DE CARTIER” STAINLESS STEEL WATCH
by Eldred's
Est: $800- $1,200
$4002 Bids
Cartier 18K gold wristwatch with a Bulgari clasp.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
Cartier 18K gold wristwatch with a Bulgari clasp.
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $300- $400
$1602 Bids
CARTIER Platinum and Diamond Wristwatch
Nov 07, 11:00 AM EDT
CARTIER Platinum and Diamond Wristwatch
by Grogan & Company
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5001 Bid
A LADIES' MUST DE CARTIER TANK WATCH
Oct 21, 9:30 AM BST
A LADIES' MUST DE CARTIER TANK WATCH
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £100- £200
£101 Bid
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Cartier Gold and Diamond 'Pasha' Wristwatch
Oct 21, 12:00 PM EDT
Cartier Gold and Diamond 'Pasha' Wristwatch
by Doyle New York
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,0001 Bid
Cartier, 'Cloche Calandre' gold wristwatch. Ref. 81082
Oct 20, 3:00 PM EDT
Cartier, 'Cloche Calandre' gold wristwatch. Ref. 81082
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,6001 Bid
Two Cartier French Silver Frames
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Two Cartier French Silver Frames
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$2500 Bids
Cartier, 'Tank Anglaise' gold and diamond wristwatch, Ref. 3505
Oct 20, 3:00 PM EDT
Cartier, 'Tank Anglaise' gold and diamond wristwatch, Ref. 3505
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $12,000- $18,000
$8,0000 Bids
Cartier, Gold, sapphire, and ruby bracelet
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Cartier, Gold, sapphire, and ruby bracelet
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,5000 Bids
Cartier, 'Tank Solo' gold and diamond wristwatch, Ref. 16121
Oct 20, 3:00 PM EDT
Cartier, 'Tank Solo' gold and diamond wristwatch, Ref. 16121
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$5,0000 Bids
CARD ARROW. CIRCA 1910 [?]. UNUSUAL VARIANT OF THE CARD SWO...
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CDT
CARD ARROW. CIRCA 1910 [?]. UNUSUAL VARIANT OF THE CARD SWO...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $400- $800
$2000 Bids
Cartier Vintage Silk Motif Scarf
Oct 24, 7:00 PM BST
Cartier Vintage Silk Motif Scarf
by James Auctioneers London
Est: £125- £200
£1200 Bids
A Belle Epoque diamond-set pendant watch, by Cartier, circa 1910
Oct 22, 11:00 AM BST
A Belle Epoque diamond-set pendant watch, by Cartier, circa 1910
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £6,000- £8,000
£3,0000 Bids
Cartier: a Tank Francaise wrist watch
Oct 22, 11:00 AM BST
Cartier: a Tank Francaise wrist watch
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £6,000- £9,000
£3,0000 Bids
Cartier, delicate reading glas
Nov 06, 10:00 AM CET
Cartier, delicate reading glas
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
Cartier Vermeil, ladies quart
Nov 02, 10:00 AM CET
Cartier Vermeil, ladies quart
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€2400 Bids
Cartier Santos Galbee, steel/
Nov 02, 10:00 AM CET
Cartier Santos Galbee, steel/
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€5000 Bids
Cartier ladies quartz watch,
Nov 02, 10:00 AM CET
Cartier ladies quartz watch,
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
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Cartier Wide White Gold, Mother-of-Pearl and Diamond 'Panthère Ruban' Wristwatch, Ref. 2422
Oct 21, 12:00 PM EDT
Cartier Wide White Gold, Mother-of-Pearl and Diamond 'Panthère Ruban' Wristwatch, Ref. 2422
by Doyle New York
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,0000 Bids
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Cartier Platinum, Diamond and Ruby Bracelet
Oct 21, 12:00 PM EDT
Cartier Platinum, Diamond and Ruby Bracelet
by Doyle New York
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$3,0000 Bids
CARTIER BROOCH
Nov 14, 11:00 AM EST
CARTIER BROOCH
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7500 Bids
Santos de Cartier GALBEE Two-Tone Watch
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Santos de Cartier GALBEE Two-Tone Watch
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$6000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Women's Cartier Watches


Antiquorum Genève SA

Antiquorum Genève SA

Rago Arts and Auction Center

Rago Arts and Auction Center

Doyle New York

Doyle New York

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus