Louis Cartier invented the original Tank watch in 1917, its shape inspired partly by the French-made Renault FT-17 tank used during World War I. Cartier has been making various versions of the distinctive timepiece ever since, while others have followed suit with more or less similarly shaped watches that evince similar classic style.
Here are 10 of the best:
Closest to the original Tank but rendered in a more modern, and manly XL size, this is the perfect watch for the contemporary Cary Grant.
Next to Cartier's own Tank we'd say the reversible Reverso, patented in 1931 for polo players, is the most iconic and lust-worthy.
One of the most retro watches made by the famed German firm, this piece nonetheless has design details you won't find anywhere else.
This 18k white gold rarity looks straight out of the Art Deco era, but the inner workings are up-to-date and reliable as any other Rolex.
A rare limited edition of one of the only tank-style timepieces the legendary watchmaker has every made, you won't often encounter it in the wild.
A recent and remarkably cool re-issue of one of Cartier's own evolutions of the original Tank, the Santos is more squared-off and that's a good thing.
This unusual piece from Bentley and Breitling's longstanding partnership is more suited to classic Bentleys from the marque's early days.
This limited edition future heirloom is based on an original design from 1945, with an enviable simplicity and retro styling that's always on time.
We love this great update to the Reverso that's a bit more masculine thanks to its rugged squared-off case and dual timezone GMT dial.
One of the most rarified Cartier Tanks you can get, with a slightly chunkier, elongated case that only serves to up the elegance factor.