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Cartier Ladies Tank Francaise Stainless Steel, circa 2000s
By Rolex
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Cartier Stainless Steel Lady Tank Francaise ref 2384 circa 2000’s. 20 X 25mm case with sapphire crystal and blue sapphire cabochon crown. Classic antique white dial with Roman numer...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Ladies Cartier Tank Francaise 2300
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Ladies Cartier Tank Francaise 2300. 20mm stainless steel case. Stainless Steel smooth bezel. Off-White dial with Blue steel hands and Roman numeral hour markers. Minute markers on th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Francaise 2384 Ladies Watch
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Tank Francaise 2384 Ladies Watch. 20mm Stainless Steel case. Stainless Steel smooth bezel. Off-White dial with Blue steel hands and Roman numeral hour markers. Minute markers...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Francaise 1821 Midsize Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Tank Francaise WGTA0031 Ladies Watch. 25mm 18k Yellow gold case. Yellow Gold bezel. Off-White dial with blue steel hands and Roman numeral hour markers. Minute markers on th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Francaise 2384 Stainless Steel Ladies Watch
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Tank Francaise 2384 Ladies Watch. 20mm Stainless Steel case. Stainless Steel smooth bezel. Off-White dial with Blue steel hands and Roman numeral hour markers. Minute markers...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Tank Francaise Ladies Stainless Steel Watch 2300
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Tank Francaise Ladies Stainless Steel Watch 2300 - Quartz. Stainless steel case (20mm x 25mm). Ivory colored dial with black Roman numerals. Stainless steel Cartier band. Pre...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Americaine Ladies White Gold W26019L1
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Tank Americaine Ladies White Gold W26019L1 - Quartz movement. 18k white gold case (19mm x 40mm). Ivory colored with black Roman numerals. 18k white gold Cartier bracelet wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Ladies Stainless Steel Tank Divan Quartz Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Firenze, IT
Sold on 20/12/2006, case 153693 CE 2600 Stainless steel case, quartz movement, silvered dial, roman numerals and secret signature at VII, rectangular Tank Divan case, sapphire-set ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Sapphire, Stainless Steel, Steel

Cartier Tank Francaise 2403 18K White Gold Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Tank Francaise 2403 18K White Gold Watch. 23mm 18K White gold case with 18K white gold bezel. White dial with blue steel hands and Roman numeral hour markers. 18k white gold...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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White Gold

Cartier 'Tank Française' White Gold and Diamond Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Authentic Cartier 'Tank Française' watch crafted in 18 karat white gold. The rectangular case (20 mm x 25 mm) is set with high-quality round brilliant cut diamonds and the octagonal ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Ladies Classic Tank Watch on Special Boutique Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 2000 Cartier Ladies Classic Tank Wrist Watch on limited edition Bracelet, 25 X 18 M.M. 18K Yellow Gold 2 Piece case, Quartz movement, White Dial with Black Roman Numerals, Sapp...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Cartier Tank Americaine White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch WB7018L1
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Americaine White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch WB7018L1. Quartz movement. 18K white gold case 19.0 x 35.0 mm with 2 rows of diamond on the sides. Circular grained crown set ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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White Gold

Cartier 18k. White Gold Tank Francaise Ladies Wristwatch, 1990 - 1999
By Cartier
Located in Braintree, GB
An 18k. White Gold Tank Francaise Ladies Wristwatch, silver dial with roman numerals and a secret signature at roman numeral X, sword shaped hands in blued steel, a fixed 18k white g...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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White Gold

Cartier Tank Francaise Midsize Silver Dial Ladies Watch W51011Q3
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Midsize 25mm Silver Dial Ladies Watch W51011Q3. Quartz movement. Rectangular stainless steel 25.0 X 30.0 mm case. Octagonal crown set with a blue spinel caboch...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Silver

Cartier Tank Francaise Yellow Gold Quartz Ladies Watch W50002N2
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Yellow Gold Quartz Ladies Watch W50002N2. Quartz movement. Rectangular 18K yellow gold 20.0 x 25.0 mm case. Octagonal crown set with a blue sapphire cabochon. ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Cartier Tank Americaine Ladies Watch in Diamonds & 18 K Rose Gold
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
Tank Américaine watch, small model, quartz movement. 18 karat gold case set with round-cut diamonds, 18K rose gold faceted crown set with a diamond, silvered flinqué dial, Roman nume...
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2010s Modern Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Cartier Tank Louis 18K Yellow Gold Diamond Bezel Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Tank Louis ladies watch. 23MM 18K yellow gold case with factory diamond bezel. Of-White dial with blue hands and Roman numeral hour marker. Minute marked in the inner dial. 1...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Cartier Tank Americaine Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch WB701251
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Americaine Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch WB701251. Quartz movement. 18K yellow gold case 19.0 x 35.0 mm. Circular grained crown set with faceted diamond. . Scratch re...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Diamond Small Ladies Watch WE110006
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Diamond Small Ladies Watch WE110006. Quartz movement. Rectangular stainless steel 20 x 25 mm case. Octagonal crown set with a blue spinel cabochon. . Scr...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Steel

Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Diamond Ladies Watch W4TA0008
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Diamond Ladies Watch W4TA0008. Quartz movement. Rectangular stainless steel 20.0 x 25.0 mm case. Octagonal crown set with a blue spinel cobochon. Origin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Steel

Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Diamond Small Ladies Watch WE110006
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Diamond Small Ladies Watch WE110006. Quartz movement. Rectangular stainless steel 20 x 25 mm case. Octagonal crown set with a blue spinel cabochon. . Scr...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Francaise Silver Dial Blue Hands Ladies Watch W51008Q3
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Silver Dial Blue Hands Ladies Watch W51008Q3. Quartz movement. Rectangular stainless steel 20.0 x 25.0 mm case. Octagonal crown set with a blue spinel cabochon...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Silver

Cartier Tank Francaise Silver Dial Blue Hands Ladies Watch W51008Q3
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Silver Dial Blue Hands Ladies Watch W51008Q3. Quartz movement. Rectangular stainless steel 20.0 x 25.0 mm case. Octagonal crown set with a blue spinel cabochon...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Silver

Cartier Tank Francaise Silver Dial Blue Hands Ladies Watch W51008Q3
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Silver Dial Blue Hands Ladies Watch W51008Q3. Quartz movement. Rectangular stainless steel 20.0 x 25.0 mm case. Octagonal crown set with a blue spinel cabochon...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Silver

Cartier Tank Francaise Silver Dial Blue Hands Ladies Watch W51008Q3
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Silver Dial Blue Hands Ladies Watch W51008Q3. Quartz movement. Rectangular stainless steel 20.0 x 25.0 mm case. Octagonal crown set with a blue spinel cabochon...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Silver

Cartier Tank Francaise Silver Dial Blue Hands Ladies Watch W51008Q3
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Silver Dial Blue Hands Ladies Watch W51008Q3. Quartz movement. Rectangular stainless steel 20.0 x 25.0 mm case. Octagonal crown set with a blue spinel cabochon...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Silver

Cartier Tank Francaise Silver Dial Blue Hands Ladies Watch W51008Q3
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Silver Dial Blue Hands Ladies Watch W51008Q3. Quartz movement. Rectangular stainless steel 20.0 x 25.0 mm case. Octagonal crown set with a blue spinel cabochon...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Silver

Cartier Tank Anglaise Yellow Gold Ladies Watch W5310030 Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Anglaise Yellow Gold Ladies Watch W5310030 Box Papers. Automatic self-winding movement. 18K yellow gold case 39 x 30 mm. Circular grained crown set with the blue sapphir...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Cartier "Tank Americaine" Ladies 18 Karat Yellow Gold and Diamond Watch
By Cartier
Located in Palm Desert, CA
Signed Cartier "Tank Americaine" ladies 18 karat yellow gold watch with diamond bezel.
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier Tank 18 Karat White Gold Ladies Ring with Black Onyx
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This 100% authentic Cartier Tank 18k white gold with black onyx ring (Size 5.75) is pre-owned, does not come with box and papers. It's in excellent condition. Ships worldwide with 3-...
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2010s Cocktail Rings

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Gold

Cartier Tank Must Large Steel Blue Dial Ladies Watch WSTA0055 Unworn
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Must Large Steel Blue Dial Ladies Watch WSTA0055 Unworn. Quartz movement. Stainless steel case 33.7 x 25.5 mm. Circular grained crown set with the blue spinel cabochon. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Steel

Cartier Tank Americaine Steel Silver Dial Ladies Watch WSTA0016 Box Card
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Americaine Steel Silver Dial Ladies Watch WSTA0016 Box Card. Quartz movement. Stainless steel case 34.8 mm x 19 mm. Circular grained crown set with faceted blue sapphire...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Silver, Steel

Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Silver Dial Diamond Ladies Watch W4TA0008
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Silver Dial Diamond Ladies Watch W4TA0008. Quartz movement. Rectangular stainless steel 20.0 x 25.0 mm case. Octagonal crown set with a blue spinel coboc...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Silver

Cartier Tank Francaise Pink Mother of Pearl Steel Ladies Watch W51028Q3
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Pink Mother of Pearl Steel Ladies Watch W51028Q3. Quartz movement. Rectangular stainless steel 20.0 x 25.0 mm case. Octagonal crown set with a pink sapphire ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Steel

Cartier Tank Anglaise Rose Gold Silver Dial Diamond Ladies Watch WT100013
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Anglaise Rose Gold Silver Dial Diamond Ladies Watch WT100013. Quartz movement. 18K rose gold case 30.2 x 22.7 mm. Circular grained crown set with the diamond. Original C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold, Silver

Cartier Tank Francaise Midsize Yellow Gold Ladies Watch W5000356 Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Midsize Yellow Gold Ladies Watch W5000356 Box Papers. Quartz movement. 18K yellow gold 25 x 30 mm rectangular case. Octagonal crown set with a blue sapphire ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Cartier Tank Solo Panther Motif Dial Small Steel Ladies Watch W5200016
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Solo Panther Motif Dial Small Steel Ladies Watch W5200016. Quartz movement. Case 31 x 24 mm. Circular grained crown set with the blue spinel cabochon. . Scratch resistan...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Diamond Ladies Watch W4TA0008 Box Card
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Diamond Ladies Watch W4TA0008 Box Card. Quartz movement. Rectangular stainless steel 20.0 x 25.0 mm case. Octagonal crown set with a blue spinel cobochon...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Steel

Cartier Tank Francaise Pink Mother of Pearl Steel Ladies Watch W51028Q3
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Pink Mother of Pearl Steel Ladies Watch W51028Q3. Quartz movement. Rectangular stainless steel 20.0 x 25.0 mm case. Octagonal crown set with a pink sapphire ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Steel

Cartier Tank Anglaise Medium Steel Diamond Ladies Watch W4TA0004 Unworn
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Anglaise Medium Steel Diamond Ladies Watch W4TA0004 Unworn. Quartz movement. Stainless steel case 34.7 x 26.2 mm. Circular grained crown set with the blue spinel cabocho...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Steel

Cartier Tank Francaise Stainless Steel White Roman Dial Ladies Watch W51008Q3
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Pre Owned Cartier Tank Francaise Stainless Steel White Roman Dial Ladies Watch W51008Q3. This Beautiful Timepiece is Powered by Quartz (Battery) Movement And Features: Rectangular St...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Diamond Ladies Watch W4TA0008 Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Diamond Ladies Watch W4TA0008 Box Papers. Quartz movement. Rectangular stainless steel 20.0 x 25.0 mm case. Octagonal crown set with a blue spinel coboc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Steel

Cartier Tank Francaise 160th Anniversary Steel Pink Dial Ladies Watch 2384
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Tank Francaise 20mm 160th Anniversary Steel Pink Dial Ladies Watch 2384. 160th Year Anniversary Limited Edition. The dial is marked with Cartier 160. This Beautiful Timepiece...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Francaise Pink Mother of Pearl Steel Ladies Watch W51028Q3
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Pink Mother of Pearl Steel Ladies Watch W51028Q3. Quartz movement. Rectangular stainless steel 20.0 x 25.0 mm case. Octagonal crown set with a pink sapphire ca...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Silver Diamond Dial Quartz Ladies Watch WE110006
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Store Display Model Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Silver Diamond Dial Quartz Ladies Watch WE110006. This Beautiful Timepiece Features: Stainless Steel Case and Bracelet, Fixed Stainle...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Anglaise White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch WT100015 Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Anglaise White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch WT100015 Box Papers. Quartz movement. 18K white gold case 30.2 x 22.7 mm. Circular grained crown set with the diamond. Original ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Anglaise Small Steel Rose Gold Ladies Watch W5310036 Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Anglaise Small Steel Rose Gold Ladies Watch W5310036 Box Papers. Quartz movement. Stainless steel and 18K rose gold case 30.2 x 22.7 mm. Circular grained crown set with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold, Steel

Cartier Tank Allongee Lanieres 2544 18 Karat White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch Box
By Cartier
Located in Washington Depot, CT
Cartier Tank Allongee Lanieres 18K White Gold and Diamond Ladies Watch Model: W15364W3 / 2544 Serial: 13930CE This authentic Cartier Tank watch is set in 18K white gold Bezel is s...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, White Gold

Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch WE110004 Box Card
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Francaise Steel Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch WE110004 Box Card. Quartz movement. Stainless steel and rose gold rectangular case 20 x 25 mm. Octagonal 18k yellow gold ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold, Steel

Cartier Tank Francaise 18 Karat White Gold Diamond Quartz Ladies Watch WE1002S3
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This never been worn Cartier Tank WE1002S3 is a beautiful Ladie's timepiece that is powered by quartz (battery) movement which is cased in a white gold case. It has a square shap...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Louis 18 Karat White Gold Brown Strap Ladies Watch W1541056
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Tank Louis 18k White Gold Brown Strap Ladies Watch W1541056. Quartz movement. 18K white gold case 21.7 x 29.3 mm. Circular grained crown set with the blue sapphire cabochon. ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank 18 Karat White Gold Purple Amethyst Ladies Ring 1.00 Carat
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This 100% authentic Cartier Tank 18K White Gold & 1 Cttw Purple Amethyst Women's Ring is pre-owned and comes with a gift box and an appraisal card. It's made of 18K white gold with a...
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2010s Cocktail Rings

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Diamond, Gold

Cartier Tank Francaise Steel 18k Gold Pink MOP Dial Ladies Quartz Watch W51027Q4
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Pre-Owned Cartier Tank Francaise 20mm Stainless Steel Rose Gold Pink Mother of Pearl Dial Ladies Quartz Watch W51027Q4. The Watch is powered by a Quartz Movement. This Beautiful Time...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Ladies 18 Karat Yellow Gold Ladies Tank Francaise W5000256
By Cartier
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Cartier Ladies 18k Yellow Gold Ladies Tank Francaise Model = W50002N2 Comes With: Original Cartier Box Original Cartier Papers Mesurements: Rectangular 18K yellow gold 20.0 x...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Ladies Tank Francaise Stainless Steel, circa 2018
By Cartier
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Cartier Stainless Steel Lady Tank Francaise ref 3217 circa 2018. This virtually brand new Tank features a 20 X 25mm stainless steel case with sapphire crystal and blue sapphire ca...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Cartier 18k White Gold Ladies Tank Americaine Quartz Wrist Watch Ref W2601956
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Tank Americaine Model W2601956 Pre Owned Ladies Quartz Wrist Watch. Silvered Dial with black Roman numerals, 18k White Gold rectangular style case with sapphire cabachon sett...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Ladies 18 Karat Gold Tank Americaine Box and Papers W2601956 Year 2009
By Cartier
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Selling a Mint! Condition 18k White Gold Ladies Tank Americaine W2601956 . Model = W2601965 Comes With: Original Cartier Box Original Cartier Papers (Dated 2009) Mesurements: ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Solo 3170 Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Tank Solo 3170 Ladies Watch. 24 x 30mm Stainless Steel case. Stainless Steel Stationary bezel. Pink dial with Blue steel hands and index hour markers. Minute markers on th...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Francaise 2384 Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Tank Francaise 2384 Ladies Watch. 20mm x 25mmmm Stainless Steel case. Stainless Steel Stationary bezel. Off-White dial with Blue steel hands and Roman numeral hour markers....
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Must de Ladies Watch, 1990s
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
1990's era Cartier Tank Must de Ladies Watch. 18K Yellow Gold Plated over Sterling Silver example. White dial with black-colored, Roman numerals. Powered by a 17-jewel, manual calibe...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Ladies Tank For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate ladies tank for your needs in our varied inventory. Every item for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using Gold, 18k Gold and Yellow Gold. In our selection of items, you can find a vintage example as well as a contemporary version. If you’re looking for a ladies tank from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 20th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. For this particular accessory, there are many different carat weights to choose from, but versions are of considerable interest. While most can agree that any ladies tank from our collection can easily elevate most outfits, but the choice of a Diamond version from the 44 available is guaranteed to add a special touch to your ensemble. See these pages for a round cut iteration of this accessory, while there are also brilliant cut cut and cabochon cut versions available here, too. There aren’t many items for men if you’re seeking a ladies tank, as most of the options available are for women and unisex.

How Much is a Ladies Tank?

The price for a ladies tank starts at $895 and tops out at $48,160 with these watches, on average, selling for $5,129.

Cartier Biography and Important Works

Perhaps 1847 was not the ideal time to open a new watchmaking and jewelry business, as the French Revolution was not kind to the aristocracy who could afford such luxuries. Nevertheless, it was the year Louis-François Cartier (1819–1904) — who was born into poverty — founded his eponymous empire, assuming control of the workshop of watchmaker Adolphe Picard, under whom he had previously been employed as an assistant. Of course, in the beginning, it was a relatively modest affair, but by the late 1850s, Cartier had its first royal client, Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, niece of Napoleon Bonaparte, who commissioned the jeweler to design brooches, earrings and other accessories.

Under the leadership of Louis-François’s son, Alfred, who took over in 1874, business boomed. Royalty around the world wore Cartier pieces, including Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the Maharaja of Patiala and King Edward VII, who had 27 tiaras made by the jewelry house for his coronation in 1902 and issued Cartier a royal warrant in 1904. (Today, the British royal family still dons Cartier pieces; Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, regularly sports a Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch.)

Cartier’s golden years, however, began when Alfred introduced his three sons, Louis, Pierre and Jacques, to the business. The brothers expanded Cartier globally: Louis reigned in Paris, Pierre in New York and Jacques in London, ensuring their brand’s consistency at their branches across the world. The trio also brought in such talents as Charles Jacqueau and Jeanne Toussaint.

One of Cartier’s earliest major successes was the Santos de Cartier watch — one of the world's first modern wristwatches for men. (Previously, a large number of people were using only pocket watches.) Louis designed the timepiece in 1904 for his friend, popular Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, who wanted to be able to check the time more easily while flying.

Cartier’s other famous timepieces include the Tank watch, which was inspired by the linear form of military tanks during World War I, and the so-called mystery clocks. Invented by watchmaker and magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin and later crafted exclusively for Cartier in the house’s workshop by watchmaker Maurice Couët, the mystery clocks were so named because the integration of glass dials on which the clocks’ hands would seemingly float as well as structures that are hidden away within the base give the illusion that they operate without machinery.

On the jewelry side of the business, Cartier’s internationally renowned offerings include the Tutti Frutti collection, which featured colorful carved gemstones inspired by Jacques’s trip to India and grew in popularity during the Art Deco years; the panthère motif, which has been incorporated into everything from brooches to rings; and the Love bracelet, a minimal, modernist locking bangle inspired by medieval chastity belts.

While the Cartier family sold the business following the death of Pierre in 1964, the brand continues to innovate today, renewing old hits and creating new masterpieces. It’s certainly one of the most well known and internationally revered jewelers in the world among clients both existing and aspirational.

On 1stDibs, find a growing collection of contemporary and vintage Cartier watches, engagement rings, necklaces and other accessories.

Finding the Right Watches for You

Records show that, in Europe, by the 16th century, it was high time for portable clock devices. Right now, perhaps you’re shopping for your own. If so, find a vast range of fashionable and functional antique, new and classic vintage watches on 1stDibs.

While wall-mounted time tellers and grandfather clocks were much more convenient than the sundials of ancient history, watches were becoming crucial for an increasingly connected society whose members learned that the latest advancements in technology meant they could carry devices that kept time to within a minute a day. Tragically, the first pocket watches — albeit an improvement on the accessories that preceded them, which dangled from a chain worn around the neck — didn’t help much as far as accuracy or portability. Focused on style over substance, the upper class frequently carried lavish pieces that ran hours behind. 

Eventually, watches migrated from owners’ pockets to their wrists. In the early days of watchmaking, watches were fragile enough that they necessitated protection from the elements. Now, watches made of gold and steel can withstand the harshest climates — even 100 meters underwater, in the case of Rolex’s Submariner

Indeed, although exceedingly practical, the watches of today are far from bland. Bvlgari’s iconic Serpenti watch was on everyone’s list after the collection’s bold bracelet, which technically debuted after the timepiece, graced the wrist of actress Elizabeth Taylor. If anything, elaborately crafted timepieces — the unmistakably boxy silhouette of Cartier Tank watches, the elegant and minimal Calatrava designed by legendary Swiss house Patek Philippe — are even more effective than the shape we associate with traditional watches. You’ll always know what time it is because you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from your new accessory. 

Form watches — the all-encompassing moniker bestowed upon non-round watches — are making headlines and completing contemporary fashionable ensembles the world over. At the same time, both casual fans and careful collectors are drawn to the unbeatable charm of vintage styles, such as the icons designed by Omega that even James Bond can’t resist. 

When shopping for a watch, it’s good to keep your needs as well as your specific personal style in mind: A smaller, subtle timepiece is a good fit for small wrists. When will you be wearing your new accessory? There’s a versatile model out there for everyday wear, while a rugged, feature-heavy watch is a safe bet if you’re prone to embarking on all-weather activities in the great outdoors. 

Find exactly what you’re looking for in an unparalleled collection of antique, new and vintage watches on 1stDibs — we promise it will be worth your time.