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    Thoughts on the Tank Solo (large quartz model)?

    Hey All - I’d love to get everyone’s thoughts on the Cartier Tank Solo. I know it’s considered the “basic” or “entry level” to the brand - but I still find it to be a classic. It’s got 99% of what I love:

    Classic tank look
    No date
    No seconds hand
    Blued hands
    Classy black leather strap

    So what doesn’t it have?

    Ideally of course, it would be manual wind, and have some beautiful guilloche on the dial.

    But options for that (that I know of) include the Drive Extra Flat (not a Tank, no guilloche), and the gold Louis (which is more than I’d like to invest in what will likely be a “occasional wear” watch).

    So, finally, I could attempt to find a Basculante, but they don’t come up often, and are frequently missing box / papers / in need of repairs.

    Back to the Solo:

    Yup, it’s a quartz. Without a second hand, you wouldn’t even notice though. It would likely be less expensive to maintain, and definitely less to purchase initially. Seems like a pair of wins to me.

    So - what am I missing? Any arguments for or against the Solo (large quartz) model? Any owners want to chime in? Any other options I’ve failed to consider? How long do the batteries generally last?

    I’d love to get your thoughts! Thanks!
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    Re: Thoughts on the Tank Solo (large quartz model)?

    I will be buying a Cartier Tank this year and it will be the Solo large. For me, the fact it’s a quartz is a plus. Being that it will be my “dress” watch and won’t be worn as often as my other watches, the set and forget quartz movement is fine. It’s also the right size I think for a Tank watch, especially for small or midsize wrist. The RRP of about $2500 for the leather variety is also about $1000 less then the X-large with an auto movement. I strongly prefer the watch on leather, it’s just more classy and classic IMO.
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    Re: Thoughts on the Tank Solo (large quartz model)?

    Quote Originally Posted by City74 View Post
    I will be buying a Cartier Tank this year and it will be the Solo large. For me, the fact it’s a quartz is a plus. Being that it will be my “dress” watch and won’t be worn as often as my other watches, the set and forget quartz movement is fine. It’s also the right size I think for a Tank watch, especially for small or midsize wrist. The RRP of about $2500 for the leather variety is also about $1000 less then the X-large with an auto movement. I strongly prefer the watch on leather, it’s just more classy and classic IMO.
    These are pretty much the exact line of thoughts I’ve had as well, including preferring leather. The XL would be out for me due to the date and second hand - it doesn’t look like the classic Tank to me.

    I guess my only “real” concern is having to deal with replacing batteries periodically - which honestly probably isn’t that big a deal, I just haven’t had to in a long time.

    Thanks for weighing in, I hope you post up when you gets yours and share some photos!


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    Re: Thoughts on the Tank Solo (large quartz model)?

    It's a fabulous watch that will never go out of style. I'd personally choose the yellow gold version. The steel version is a "classic" then the yellow gold version is a "CLASSIC".

    I also agree on avoiding a second hand on a quartz watch. It cheapens the watch considerably.

    The battery is really not a concern, it is just once every few years and its a very easy procedure to do.
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    Re: Thoughts on the Tank Solo (large quartz model)?

    After the service costs on my vintage IWC dress watch I just bought a quartz Cartier tank solo. Replacing the battery is far less expensive than servicing a mechanical watch.
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    Re: Thoughts on the Tank Solo (large quartz model)?

    I buy quartz on most of stuff because of winding issues.

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    Re: Thoughts on the Tank Solo (large quartz model)?

    Still!!!

    Entry level is a good place to start with a brand.

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    Re: Thoughts on the Tank Solo (large quartz model)?

    I have GPS watches to calibrate the accuracy of mechanical watches.

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    Re: Thoughts on the Tank Solo (large quartz model)?

    And, for that matter, to calibrate the quartz too!

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    I wouldn’t hesitate with the quartz for a second. It’s not as if the mechanical version of this watch has a haute horological movement with a see through caseback for you to admire it.
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