Cartier Tank Must

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REF WSTA0052
Quartz
25 MM
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SKU AS09206
Article Number 40950245
ref WSTA0052
case size 25 MM
movement Quartz
approximate age 2020s
dial color Silver
material Stainless Steel
style Dress
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 19 MM
Includes Includes stainless steel multi-link bracelet with hidden double fold-over clasp. Also includes complete box set, papers and an undated warranty card.
overall condition Outstanding condition overall. The case and bracelet have been professionally refinished and remain in excellent condition. Dial is as-new.
REF WSTA0052
Quartz
25 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09206
Article Number 40950245
ref WSTA0052
case size 25 MM
movement Quartz
approximate age 2020s
dial color Silver
material Stainless Steel
style Dress
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 19 MM
Includes Includes stainless steel multi-link bracelet with hidden double fold-over clasp. Also includes complete box set, papers and an undated warranty card.
overall condition Outstanding condition overall. The case and bracelet have been professionally refinished and remain in excellent condition. Dial is as-new.

Why We Love it

There are certain designs that just resonate throughout the years and remain evergreen despite changing trends and tastes. 

The Cartier Tank, in all its hundred-plus years of production, is one such design. Whether finished in gold, stainless steel, or vermeil; whether Française, Chinoise, Americaine, or Normale; the Tank is one watch that truly deserves the greatly-overused term ‘iconic.’

Cartier introduced the Tank in 1917, with a run of six pieces — given, or so the legend goes, to American General Joseph Pershing and his staff. The design of the Tank was supposedly inspired by the Renault FT-17 tanks Cartier glimpsed on the battlefield of the Great War. (Cartier took the look of the Renault tank's treads and applied it to the lugs, which were integrated via tread-like brancards into the case itself.) That first run of six pieces increased to 33 by 1920, and by the end of the 20th century, that number stood well into the hundreds of thousands. In sheer volume alone, the Tank — in all its various models — is Cartier's largest line of watches. 

The Must de Cartier Tank was first introduced in the mid 1970s and offered a more accessible price point for many who adored the popular design. Instead of utilizing traditional precious metal cases, the Must de Cartier Tank was made of gold-plated sterling silver, but retained the classic silhouette and aesthetics that was so coveted by many. 

The Must collection returned in 2021 to much applause and adoration from a Cartier-crazy market. This particular example, a Reference WSTA0052, features a 26mm stainless steel case with a sapphire crystal, sapphire cabochon crown, a satin silver dial with printed black 'Roman' indices and a matching blued-steel ‘sword’ handset.

Powered by a quartz movement, this piece comes fitted with a stainless steel multi-link bracelet with a hidden, double fold-over clasp. Accompanied by its factory goods including inner and outer boxes, books, plastic case protector, and warranty, this piece  offers a ton of value and timeless looks.

What better way to break into Cartier ownership than with this prototypical icon?

Brand Story

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Despite being a purveyor of haute joaillerie, Cartier has had a long tradition of making watches.
It started in 1907, when founder Louis Cartier made what was one of the first wristwatches for his friend Alberto Santos-Dumont. In the following years, the brand made a name for itself with its most famous wristwatch, the Tank, in all its multitudinous forms.
Cartier introduced the Tank in 1917 — which was supposedly inspired by the Renault FT-17 tanks seen on the battlefields of World War I — with a run of six pieces. (According to legend, these were given to American General John J. Pershing and his staff.) Cartier took the look of the Renault tank's treads and applied it to the watch’s lugs, which were integrated via brancards into the case itself. That first run of six pieces increased to thirty-three by 1920, and by the end of the 20th Century, that number stood well in the hundreds of thousands. Indeed, in sheer volume alone, the Tank — in all its various models — is Cartier's largest line of watches.
The Tank Louis was introduced in 1922, followed close on the heels of the Asian-influenced Tank Chinoise. The Chinoise, released amidst a mania for jewelry inspired by the Orient, has a square rather than rectangular case and lugs that resemble the portico of a Chinese pagoda.
From its debut, the Tank would see many variations, each in keeping with Louis Cartier’s taste for clean lines and perfect symmetry. Each variant — from the original Tank to the Tank Louis to the Cintrée with its flirtatious, curvaceous lines — has its passionate devotees. Rudolph Valentino, that sensual star of the silver screen, insisted on wearing his Tank onscreen in The Son of the Sheik, and Clark Gable, Andy Warhol, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were among those who sported a one throughout the years.
Other model lines, including the Santos (based upon the original model crafted for Alberto Santos-Dumont) and the Pasha, have developed devoted followers. Indeed, the maison is unique as one of the few jewelry brands to elicit as much passion from collectors as dedicated watch companies.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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