What's the Deal? Cartier Tank Solo

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There are few dress watches as timeless in design as the  Cartier Tank. Designed by Louis Cartier in 1917, the watch was inspired by the rectangular tanks being used on the Western Front at the time. In fact, this is  not the first time we've covered the Cartier Tank because it's such an important timepiece. With a seamless transition from case to strap and sophisticated design cues like roman numeral hour markers, it has been the choice of stylish men and women for generations now (Andy Warhol, Michelle Obama and Mick Jagger are just three of a long list of notable Tank wearers). Numerous models have been introduced since 1917 and the current Cartier Tank lineup includes the  AnglaiseTank LouisAméricaineFrançaise and  Cartier Tank MC.  Each has variations on the classic Tank design and, perhaps more importantly to a prospective buyer of a Tank, each has a different cost to add it to your collection. However, for those looking for a Tank that is a relatively affordable entry to the line - there is the  Cartier Tank Solo
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In this regard, the Tank Solo is worth casting your eye toward. According to eBay’s What’s It Worth tool, a used Cartier Tank Solo can be had, on average, for £1,261, with the price ranging from £1,139 to £1,382. If those numbers seem high to you, remember that the price is for one of the most sought after luxury watches in history from a famous French design house and note that the average for a used Tank Française is £1,724 and for a used Tank Louis Cartier the average is £2,044. Compared to the Tank Louis Cartier, the Tank Solo is 44% cheaper, over £885 less on average for a used model. 
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That’s quite the bargain considering what you’re getting with the Tank Solo: the classic case design with slight modern updates, like a larger variety of case materials, a wider variety of straps and bracelets and large and oversized case sizes. 

'Great, so what’s the catch?' you’ve likely asked by now. Well, for many of the Cartier Tank Solos, the payoff is the movement. It’s quartz. For some collectors, the article ends here but for others the type of movement (how the watch is powered) doesn’t matter. That’s largely a  personal choice and weighs heavily upon what you care about most in the watches you collect. Is the large savings worth the knowledge that the timepiece on your wrist is powered by a battery? Again, that’s for you, the potential buyer to decide. 
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Should you decide that the Tank Solo is a good option for you, then you’ll be in good company (John F. Kennedy wore a Solo) and have a few more pounds left in your pocket than if you pursued another model from the Cartier Tank lineup. Regardless, it is nice to know that there does remain an option out there of the iconic model within reach for most collectors (with a little saving, of course). Nearly 100 years on, the watch continues to inspire awe and attract the style conscious eye. 
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