Help me choose my Cartier Tank

Hi Friends - I think I am ready to pull the trigger on a Tank (more info in follow up post). Would love to get your input on which one though. I am set on the size. It would be small, because apparently size isn’t everything 🫣 If you have any experience with these watches, would love to get your impressions 🙏 And If you think I should get something else for the money (~3k), feel free to share suggestions 🤓

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You misspelled JLC Reverso... 

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I say Tank Must. 

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Tank Solarbeat. Effortless charm, the Cartier way. 

Huh, write that shizniz down and send it to Cartier's marketing team/department

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If you want it on a Cartier metal bracelet I think Must is the only one with that option. Otherwise it and solarbeat look the same. Battery lasts 8 years in regular, Solarbeat lasts longer (15?) but  may be more expensive to service then (just a guess, maybe it’s just a rechargeable battery swap out then).

Maybe see which you can get the best discount on.

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I say get a Must now and then save up for the Louis. When the time comes you can ‘upgrade’ your Tank. 

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My view is 2 are fashion based and 2 are for watch people. If you look at how these are marketed it’s easy to see why most are quart. For me it would have to be mechanical. The vintage is cool however with no provenance you may be getting a problem so it would need to come from a reputable dealer and be serviced. So it all depends what you want. A cool throw on for the weekend or something substantial in your collection, there is no wrong answer however the 4 choices kind of points to indecision on this point. 

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You called one of them "real". To me that suggests that's the one you want. That implies that's the one you should save up for and get.

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Not much info to go on as of right now but I'd say get the Must/Solarbeat. Perhaps not much enjoyment to be had winding it, yes, but you can still marvel at the design and finishing.

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Doesn't the Solar cost about the same as the similar must? It did for a while and in that case go S🌞LAR

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Longines has the Dolcevita, Hamilton has the Boulton and Bulova has a number of handsome tank watches. If adding a tank/bank/tonneau to your collection is the aim, I would buy a less expensive watch that I liked to fill the gap until I could afford the Louis. They are all storied brands and have some really great looking options. Then, when you have the 10-15 grand to buy a Cartier you won't feel like you settled. (Also, the vintage market is tricky. You really have to find someone who it trustworthy to buy from, so I would probably avoid that option unless you find someone who is reputable.)

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Personally I just don't see the value in this watch. 

I mean there's not even any applied indices or anything fancy.

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And there's nice options at a tiny fraction of the cost with the same level of quality and heritage. 

This is just one I tried a few days ago. I'm sure there's even closer stuff. 

But of course get what makes you happy. 

Also personally I'd go with a leather free option even if you choose the Cartier. Not a great industry and also gets damaged by moisture. 

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I think the steel looks much nicer. It's more chilled and less "in your face". 

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CitizenKale

Personally I just don't see the value in this watch. 

I mean there's not even any applied indices or anything fancy.

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And there's nice options at a tiny fraction of the cost with the same level of quality and heritage. 

This is just one I tried a few days ago. I'm sure there's even closer stuff. 

But of course get what makes you happy. 

Also personally I'd go with a leather free option even if you choose the Cartier. Not a great industry and also gets damaged by moisture. 

The tank was the original design that everyone copies. There is a charm in that heritage...and the Seiko has none of that. Additionally, the one you pointed out is NOT the same level of quality. Certainly, the Cartier isn’t 10 times the level of quality (as the price might suggest), but the design and heritage is quite a bit more than that. 
 

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I got my wife the solarbeat because I wanted something she could enjoy and not have to worry about setting it or the battery. 
 

You’re out of your mind if you think quartz or solar, makes a watch a fashion watch. 🙄

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cornfedksboy

The tank was the original design that everyone copies. There is a charm in that heritage...and the Seiko has none of that. Additionally, the one you pointed out is NOT the same level of quality. Certainly, the Cartier isn’t 10 times the level of quality (as the price might suggest), but the design and heritage is quite a bit more than that. 
 

Fair enough. 

And yes the Seiko was just the only example I had available in my recent photos. 

Is there anything specific about the finishing of the Cartier which is special? Or is it more about the heritage?