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Hi Viral,

The Tank Solo has several differences from my watch. Mine is the Tank Louis Cartier XL from the (in Cartier speak) "Retired" CPCP collection. It was at the time, the largest classic Tank Louis Cartier model produced, had a hand wound rectangular movement from "Sister company" Piaget, that could be viewed through a sapphire case back. The guilloche dial with "Rose"design at the center is unique to the CPCP watches. In addition they were made in small numbers. IIRC they made 200 in pink gold and 50 in platinum.

The Tank Solo's have a more common and less expensive ETA based movement, a solid steel case back, the top side pieces of the case are flat not rounded, the dial is different, and it's far less expensive. It's also a current production model.

There is currently a Tank Louis Cartier XL Extra Flat, that is closer in design to mine than the Solo, It's slight larger than my watch, but thinner due to its very fine, ultra thin manual wind movement. It's movement is higher end than the Solo's movement. It has a gold case and gold case back, and the tops of the side pieces are rounded like on my watch. It has has a silver dial, but without any guilloche design. It's significantly more costly than the Tank Solo.

Each of the current pieces is quite nice, its simply a matter of which you prefer in terms of design and price. I suggest trying on each, as the dimensions are different and they may fit you differently. Keep us posted on your research and good luck. Cheers!
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It was probably this photo that I posted a while back.





The manager of Cartier in Chicago offered me the watch at a steep discount because it had sustained a huge dent in the case. I passed on the deal, which I kinda regret because I now have a watchmaker who can easily repair such damage. Not sure if they were 'adding' metal to repair cases back then.



That looks great. who did such a nice job?
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Congrats!  That's a fantastic watch with an exceptional movement (cal 045MC was designed by THA). A friend of mine has one in yellow gold and it's absolutely stunning.  I love how the curved case just hugs the wrist.  As I've said before its one of the few watches that even some friends of mine who are only interested in PP, AP, VC and Lange, have all expressed an interest in obtaining for their collections.  The curved case, single pusher chronograph movement, and rich history make it a great addition to any collection.  It also recently, made an on line list of 10 under appreciated watches that people should add to their collections before prices start to move north.  

My CPCP Tank XL is pink gold and uses a pink gold clasp.  Historically Cartier for some reason has used pink gold deployants on both yellow gold and pink gold watches.  Someone once told me they use that because its stronger than a yellow gold clasp, but that sounded like nonsense.  I couldn't find anything stating that was accurate, in addition many other companies, Rolex, Patek, AP, VC etc use yellow gold clasps on yellow gold watches.  So I still do not know why they use pink gold deployants on yellow gold watches.  I have heard some companies do use white gold deployants on platinum watches because gold is more malleable and softer, and the old style Cartier deployants need a bit of flex to make them work properly (the new deployants are different).  VC also used white gold deployants on their platinum watches (not sure if they still do).   I have a friend who is a big Cartier collector and I will check and see if he has any info regarding why Cartier uses pink gold clasps on their yellow gold watches.  Congrats again on a fantastic watch!!!   cheers.gif

edit:  A friend reminded me on the yellow gold watches the outside visible section of the clasp should be yellow gold and the inside section is pink.  He also said, he was told the inside is pink for the same reason that was told to me, that it is stronger than yellow gold.  He also has not been able to confirm if there is any truth to that. Cheers!
The CPCP line of watches was made from 1998 through 2008.  

In addition, that's a rather oversimplified the description of CPCP.  There were more than a dozen cases and more than 10 different types of watches such as time only, skeleton, chronograph, dual time, grand date power reserve, jump hour, GMT, perpetual calendar, tourbillon, and minute repeater, in addition to several combinations of these movements.  Cheers!
There are some RARE platinum deployants by cartier. They are very nice.
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Happy holidays, my TWAT brothers (and maybe sisters)!  I am off overseas to spend time with an ailing family member, but I will continue to lurk and read posts and congratulate incomings and occasionally post watches on my wrist.

 

Thinking I'm going to bring the Snoopy and the 5711 on the trip.  The AP is basically welded onto my wife's wrist, she loves it.

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Waiting for Wifey.
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Happy holidays, my TWAT brothers (and maybe sisters)!  I am off overseas to spend time with an ailing family member, but I will continue to lurk and read posts and congratulate incomings and occasionally post watches on my wrist.

 

Thinking I'm going to bring the Snoopy and the 5711 on the trip.  The AP is basically welded onto my wife's wrist, she loves it.

Safe travels and happy holidays!  Glad to hear that Mrs. Frills is enjoying her AP.  Cheers!

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I figured you guys would be into this one here. It's an Ochs and Junior Annual Calendar. It's my personal watch and was special ordered with a friend (the hands are just slightly longer than the regular production versions). I toy with the idea of selling it because I don't wear it much, but then I strap it on my wrist and rethink. They're very cool watches. This one is also cool because there are no colorings whatsoever (paint or anything like that). The case is raw titanium. The dial is brass. The hands, markers, and indicator dots are oxidized brass.

 

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Waiting for Wifey. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I don't understand. Why isn't the chronograph running? The entire point of a tool watch is that you can use it to time mission critical events -- like how long it takes for your wife to arrive.
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I figured you guys would be into this one here. It's an Ochs and Junior Annual Calendar. It's my personal watch and was special ordered with a friend (the hands are just slightly longer than the regular production versions). I toy with the idea of selling it because I don't wear it much, but then I strap it on my wrist and rethink. They're very cool watches. This one is also cool because there are no colorings whatsoever (paint or anything like that). The case is raw titanium. The dial is brass. The hands, markers, and indicator dots are oxidized brass.


Someone on here bought one and I spent a lot of time looking at them (and he helped me - sorry I don't recall the username and I would have to search through several-year-old messages). One of the simple time-only versions they developed for kids was what I really wanted but they only made a few prototypes.
Really great designs and concepts.
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Someone on here bought one and I spent a lot of time looking at them (and he helped me - sorry I don't recall the username and I would have to search through several-year-old messages). One of the simple time-only versions they developed for kids was what I really wanted but they only made a few prototypes.
Really great designs and concepts.

Yeah they do a really good job of sticking to their ethos. It's a great niche and they nail it. The calendar watches are a neat mix of minimalism and complexity. The kids watch was really cool but I think they were all bought by adults!

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Waiting for Wifey. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I don't understand. Why isn't the chronograph running? The entire point of a tool watch is that you can use it to time mission critical events -- like how long it takes for your wife to arrive.

True.
I actually started the chrono after I took that snap.
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Hi Viral,

The Tank Solo has several differences from my watch. Mine is the Tank Louis Cartier XL from the (in Cartier speak) "Retired" CPCP collection. It was at the time, the largest classic Tank Louis Cartier model produced, had a hand wound rectangular movement from "Sister company" Piaget, that could be viewed through a sapphire case back. The guilloche dial with "Rose"design at the center is unique to the CPCP watches. In addition they were made in small numbers. IIRC they made 200 in pink gold and 50 in platinum.

The Tank Solo's have a more common and less expensive ETA based movement, a solid steel case back, the top side pieces of the case are flat not rounded, the dial is different, and it's far less expensive. It's also a current production model.

There is currently a Tank Louis Cartier XL Extra Flat, that is closer in design to mine than the Solo, It's slight larger than my watch, but thinner due to its very fine, ultra thin manual wind movement. It's movement is higher end than the Solo's movement. It has a gold case and gold case back, and the tops of the side pieces are rounded like on my watch. It has has a silver dial, but without any guilloche design. It's significantly more costly than the Tank Solo.

Each of the current pieces is quite nice, its simply a matter of which you prefer in terms of design and price. I suggest trying on each, as the dimensions are different and they may fit you differently. Keep us posted on your research and good luck. Cheers!

wow......thanks for the info! I'm realistically going to buy in the new year, but i figured it would be best to ask someone who really know their stuff. I like the fact that the Tank Solo XL is offered in RG instead of YG, however I'll be changing the strap to either black or navy to complete the look.
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Happy holidays, my TWAT brothers (and maybe sisters)!  I am off overseas to spend time with an ailing family member, but I will continue to lurk and read posts and congratulate incomings and occasionally post watches on my wrist.

Thinking I'm going to bring the Snoopy and the 5711 on the trip.  The AP is basically welded onto my wife's wrist, she loves it.

Despite the unfortunate circumstances, I hope it's a good visit and that you enjoy it to the fullest extent possible. Sincere best wishes to you and your family.

I recently spent some time overseas in SE Asia and it was the freaking best. Brought only one watch (216570) and used it as intended; the safest place is on the wrist (especially for travel). One fewer thing to worry about, too!



Happy holidays and safe travels, V!

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I recently spent some time overseas in SE Asia and it was the freaking best.
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