An absolutely stunning example of the Cartier Tank Louis, reference 78086 from 1980. The watch is in excellent, original condition and features a rare and highly desirable 'Paris' signed dial. Demand for vintage Cartier Tank's has never been higher and even more so for ones in this condition. We don't expect this one to hang around!
The history of the Tank Louis Cartier begins in 1922 when the watch was first produced and named after the company's founder, Louis-François Cartier. Since then the Tank has become one of the world's most iconic due to its beautifully proportioned rectangular case and rounded angles. The watch creates the perfect balance of timeless design and functionality and it elegantly expresses an aesthetic that has not only endured for many generations but will always look as contemporary as the day it was conceived.
Technical & Condition
Condition: Excellent condition throughout. The dial remains in excellent condition as does the case with only the odd scratch. The movement is clean and the watch is fitted with a new leather strap.
Case size (exc. crown): 30.5mm x 23.5mm
Case material: 18k gold
Movement calibre: Manual wind, signed Cartier
Strap/bracelet: Leather strap with gold plated Cartier pin buckle
Box and papers: Our Own
Make this Cartier Tank Louis yours today!
Treat yourself or a loved one to this exceptional Cartier Tank Louis, a watch that will never go out of style!
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For orders placed before 2pm orders will be shipped the same day.
Your watch will be carefully packaged and shipped fully insured with leading global courier companies.
Delivery within the UK is Free. Delivery within Europe is £30. Delivery for the Rest of the World is £50.
Don't like it or change your mind? Return it for a full refund with our 14 day, no hassle returns on all sales. See the full conditions here.
Are all watches authenticated?
All our watches pass through a double authentication process to insure their authenticity. We also provide detailed photos of the watch from all angles to allow you to undertake your own anlysis. Finally as with everything, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to our friendly team
What if something goes wrong with the watch
Whilst all our watches are fully serviced before sale, if something does go wrong, we'll repair it for free as part of our 1 year warranty
Do watches come with original box and papers?
It depends on the individual watch. You can see details under "The Basics" heading on this page. For the majority of vintage watches their original box and papers have been lost to time. Whilst they are nice to have, it’s important to note that “box and papers” DO NOT authenticate a watch despite what many in our trade say. It’s also important to realise alot of sellers (including some of the most well known in the UK) put together full sets of box, papers, hang tags etc by buying blank paperwork and boxes in the secondary market. This is a very regrettable, but unfortunately common occurrence in the trade but something we will never do!
How do I know it will fit?
For metal bracelets we provide the size it will currently fit in the description section of this page. If this measurement is too large or too small we are able to assist in either adding or removing links. We also offer this service, post service on a at-cost basis (i.e. we don't add a margin).
Can you change the strap?
Absolutely! If you don't like the current strap, let us know and we'll change it for free! We maintain a broad selection of styles and can also source straps to your specification free of charge.
Can you source something similar?
Absolutely! If its not quite what you’re looking for just get in touch and we can source one with our Free, No Obligation sourcing service. You can contact us on phone, live chat or simply submit the details of what you’re looking for on our “Find a Watch” page.
What payment options do you offer?
We accept payment by all leading credit and debit cards, ApplePay as well as bank transfer.
Do you offer financing?
Currently we don't offer financing but it’s something we're exploring.
Shipping & Returns
Can you ship an order to arrive on a certain day?
We can certainly try! We can request with our shipment partners for delivery on a certain day but ultimately the exact delivery date is subject to a number of factors outside our control.
How do I return a watch?
Simply let us know you want to send the watch back within the 14 return period and return it to us via Royal Mail Special Delivery. We’ll process your refund the same day we receive the watch back.
Terms & Conditions
Terms & Conditions
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Cartier Tank Louis Ref. 78086 "Paris" 18k Gold, Circa 1980
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