Cartier chose to breathe new life into the Tank collection by releasing a new line of Tank Américaine watches in 2023. The new 2023 Cartier Tank Americaine watches retain much of the same look as their predecessors, yet benefit from a handful of updates.
Let’s have a closer look at the new Cartier Tank Americaine watches to see what’s changed from the previous versions.
Brief History of the Cartier Tank Americaine
The first Cartier Tank watch was introduced by Louis Cartier in 1917, inspired by the tanks used during World War I. Namely, the watch featured a unique rectangular case that resembled the shape of a tank. The clean lines and geometric design of the watch made it a departure from the round pocket watches that were popular at the time. Over the years, Cartier introduced various iterations of the Tank watch, each with its own distinct features and designs.
Introduced in 1987, the Tank Américaine watch was based on the Tank Cintrée timepiece, incorporating its signature curved case design. However, unlike the Tank Cintrée, the Tank Americaine features a flat caseback. What’s more, the Tank Americaine introduced the first adjustable strap specifically for a folding buckle.
While the Tank Americaine was initially only offered in yellow gold, Cartier eventually expanded the collection to include various materials and even introduced the first steel Tank Americaine watches in 2017. Aside from material options, Cartier has made various Tank Americaine versions including time-only, date, chronographs, moon phase, and more.
What Changed with 2023 Tank Americaine Watches?
The new Tank Américaine still maintains a larger profile compared to other Tank models, yet everything has been refined and slimmed down ever so slightly. Furthermore, Cartier has restructured the sizes into three categories rather than four: mini, small, and large — the medium Tank Americaine is no longer in production.
- Tank Americaine Mini: 28 x 15.2mm
- Tank Americaine Small 35.4 x 19.4mm
- Tank Americaine Large 44.4 x 24.4mm
All the new models are time-only watches. The Large is available in steel or rose gold, both fitted with leather straps and powered by the new caliber 1899 MC, which according to Cartier is thinner than its previous automatic movements. The Small is available in steel with a leather strap, rose gold with a leather strap, rose gold and diamonds with a leather strap, and rose gold and diamonds with a rose gold bracelet. Finally, the Mini is available in the same configurations as the Small but with the addition of a white gold version entirely paved in diamonds. The Small and Mini variants of the new Cartier Tank Americaine watches run on quartz movement.
So what’s changed really with the new Tank Americaine collection? Not very much in fact; think of it more as a refresh rather than a redesign. In short, there’s not much difference between the previous Tank Americaine watches and the new ones. If anything, the line used to be more varied with additional sizes, materials, and complications to choose from. So let’s have a look at some fantastic options from the older collection.
Pre-Owned Cartier Tank Americaine Watches
If you browse our collection of pre-owned Cartier watches, you’ll spot plenty of Tank Americaine watches for sale. Here are some of our top picks.
White Gold Tank Americaine W26055L1
The automatic Tank Americaine ref. W26055L1 is an ultra-luxurious full white gold model, complete with a matching white gold bracelet. Its case measures 45mm by 26mm while its dial includes a date window at 6 o’clock. In customary Cartier fashion, the sword-shaped hands are blue, the Roman numerals on the dial are black, and the winding crown is set with a blue cabochon sapphire.
Yellow Gold Tank Americaine W2603156
For something a little more classic for a men’s dress watch, we turn to the automatic Tank Americaine ref. W2603156, which features a beautiful yellow gold case paired with an elegant brown leather strap. The characteristic elongated curvy case measures 45mm by 26mm and houses a time and date dial. To match the precious metal case, the strap is furnished with a yellow gold buckle.
Tank Americaine Chronoreflex
If you like dressy chronograph watches, then the Tank Americaine Chronoreflex may be right for you. Powered by a quartz movement, this yellow gold Cartier Tank Americaine Chronoreflex ref. W2601156 features a 45mm by 27mm case with a pair of chronograph pushers flanking the sapphire-set winding crown. The dial is home to a trio of sub-dials at the center, framed by the signature black Roman numerals and rail track scale. The watch is finished with a black leather strap, equipped with a yellow gold buckle.
Gray and Sons is proud to offer a wide assortment of pre-owned Cartier watches for sale, including pre-owned Tank Americaine watches. Browse our selection to find the perfect timepiece for your collection. Alternatively, if you have a used Cartier watch you want to sell, visit our sister company, Sell Us Your Jewelry for the best offer to sell your Cartier watch.