The Cartier Tank was the first square-face watch that came to market. Created by legendary watch maker Louis Cartier, this watch was often given strictly as a gift from the time of it’s creation in 1917 until it was officially unveiled to the market in 1919. Forged during a time of great conflict, the watch design was directly inspired by the French tanks rolling across the Western Front during the First World War. Since that time, the Cartier Tank has become popular with celebrities and royalty alike having been worn by Cary Grant, Catherine Deneuve and said to be one of the favorite pieces of jewelry in Princess Diana’s vast collection.

The defining features of a tank watch include its bold Roman numeral dial with a chemin de fer chapter ring, sword-shaped blued steel hands, and a sapphire cabochon surmounted crown. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist from a Limited Edition of 500. Pressed locally in Long Island City, New York on 8" x 10" 100lb FSC certified archival cover stock using the best Van Sons Elite soy based inks. We offer a choice of contemporary wood frames. Choose your finishing option below.

The watch Prince William chose from the Diana collection…

Princess Diana wore a 18 karat Gold Cartier Tank Francaise Watch that was a gift from her father. After Diana’s death, Prince William and Prince Harry walked through her Kensington Palace apartment to pick out mementos of their mother to take with them. Among many other things, Prince William chose to keep her Cartier watch.

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