One month ago I was considering to buy a Tank Solo large and I read this thread.
My thoughts were exactly those listed by omega1300, the opener of this thread:
- Classic tank look
- No date
- No seconds hand
- Blued hands
- Classy black leather strap
Last week I finally bought a brand new Tank Solo large steel watch at the Cartier boutique and I’m absolutely delighted!
Here I want to share my thoughts about steel vs gold version.
I agree with the sentence If the steel version is a "classic" then the yellow gold version is a "CLASSIC" but are you sure that you need the “most classic” one?
Although the most of you consider this watch an occasionally worn watch or a dress watch, I consider the Tank Solo as my every-day watch. Steel is more discrete than gold. In my working environment for example, it is nice to have a classy watch, but it would not be appropriate to wear something that looks too much as a luxury item.
A classic watch that is not striking: that’s the Tank Solo in steel.
Also the buckle made me prefer steel instead of gold. The steel version has a folding buckle (or deployant clasp), the gold one has a traditional ardillon buckle. It’s strange that no one did mention the Deployant Clasp, an inventon patented by Cartier in 1909.
What i like most of the deployant clasp is that the watch doesn’t move around your wrist: it stays firmly in the center of the wrist even if the strap is comfortably leak. With other watches, if the strap is not tight enough, the watch moves away from the center of my wrist and I have to use the other hand to put it back in the center position every time I want to know what time it is. With the deployant clasp this doesn't happen because the size of the clasp does not allow a rotation around the wrist (I hope the explanation is clear enough )
Another advantage of the deployant clasp is that taking off the watch (i.e. for washing your hands) and putting it on again is really fast. So you can take it off easily every time you wash your hands and protect (the strap) from water.
My last (but not least) thought has to do with the quartz movement.
Last year I had to pay €1.100 to repair a 3 years old Zenith Elite Ultra Thin with automatic movement.
Replacing the battery of the Tank Solo costs just €40 at the Cartier Boutique.
The quartz movement is definitely a plus for me.