While this century-old watch design remains revered, the biggest conundrum we hear about vintage fake Cartier Tanks regards their smaller size by modern standards. Et voila, your prayers have been answered, and here we present you this with a fantastic “Jumbo” Tank model.
Certainly a rare breed, this Tank is truly big and beautiful. It measures approximately 28mm in width and 34.5mm in height (8.3mm thickness) compared to the classic model from the same era, which measures around 24mm in width and 27mm in height (7mm thickness). What I find most successful with this white dial replica Cartier Tank watch is that the proportions of the classic Tank design are not lost in translation. I don’t want to sound like a watch curmudgeon, but what I often find problematic with making a larger version of a classic is that the proportions of the original beauty are lost by ignoring what made it great in the first place.
I also understand that when you make the case and dial bigger, we inherently run into these issues. The case becomes too bulky on the wrist, losing the perfect sleekness of the original. Or the dial elements become bigger and bolder to fill the space, which can throw off the balance not only on the dial itself but also for the entire watch. And for this reason, more often than not, the newer and larger executions don’t feel quite right, especially if you love the original.
Here’s why this “Jumbo” Tank Automatique shines and exemplifies Cartier’s commitment to the original design as well as its openness to change and innovation. The brand has been able to retain the same featured design elements: The 18k gold brancard case with the same soft roundness at the corners, the bold black Roman numerals, the black radial minute track, the blue sapphire cabochon crown, and the “Cartier” name in script with a “Paris” signature on the dial as finishing touches. The proportions are so well-maintained on this high quality Cartier copy watch that there’s none of that awkwardness I described above. Also, this watch is fitted with a self-winding movement, which is an additional feature that we don’t see too often with vintage Tanks. The watch is from the 1970s, which makes it classically vintage. However, it also looks and feels just as fresh as any modern Tank out there.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and this oversized blue hands copy Cartier Tank would set her apart from the crowd. I always love a classic piece with a twist that adds a stylistic point of view of the wearer. Paired with our equally fresh Sedona Strap in Green, it will make everyone around her green (and gold) with envy. Plus, how awesome would it be to be able to say later, “I borrowed it from my mom, isn’t she so chic?” Make it hers right here.