To most, Cartier is best known for diamonds and jewelry, not so much watches. That said, the Cartier Tank Francaise is an exceptional timepiece that dates back to 1917 when the first Cartier Tank model was released.
On the other hand, Orient is best known for affordable timepieces, not so much diamonds and jewelry. The Orient CFDAC004W is also an exceptional timepiece and one of Orient’s dressiest executive pieces.
So, today let’s pit the king of jewelers against the king of affordable timepieces in this online watches debate, and let you be the judge.
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Cartier Tank Francaise
As the name suggests, Cartier was inspired by the introduction of the tough and powerful tank during World War I, and thus created the first “Tank” watch in 1917. The Tank Francaise evolved from this original model.
The Tank Francaise is undoubtedly a dressy watch, and as a result isn’t super equipped with things like water resistance (30m). However, this little machine still has a lot to offer. The square-shaped case was an innovative design during a time when wristwatches were just becoming popular. The Tank is small, just 28mm, and is suited for both men and women.
Of course, anything Cartier is going to cost you. The history and craftsmanship that goes into such a brand is remarkable, and at $4,500 (potentially less if you shop for online watches), you may be able to find an exceptional alternative with just as much history and craftsmanship.
Very close in appearance to the Cartier Tank Francaise, the Orient CFDAC004W features a square-shaped stainless steel case and watch band, roman numerals, and date calendar. Most definitely one of Orient’s dressier watches, the CFDAC004W is a bit larger than the Tank but no less sleek and elegant.
Some other differences include the addition of a power reserve indicator on the CFDAC004W and much livelier blue accent colors on the dial as opposed to the subdued black of the Tank. Additionally the CFDAC004W features 50m water resistance (just one step up from the 30m of the Tank). The CFDAC004W also has basic mineral crystal as opposed to the sapphire crystal used to complete the Tank.
Quite similar, wouldn’t you say? Vastly different price-wise though. At $290 (and even less through many online watch retailers) the Orient CFDAC004W is a small fraction of the Tank but no less the watch.
Which watch would you wear and why? Leave a comment!