Orient CFDAC004W vs. Cartier Tank Francaise: Another Brand Duel

February 12th, 2010 Posted in Watch Comparisons | 9 Comments


King Edward VII described Cartier as the jeweler of kings. Cartier diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Cartier also helped popularize the wristwatch during a time when pocket watches were the choice. For all of Cartier’s influences in the jewelry world, the company has received more recognition for their watch aesthetics than for their watch function.

Watch companies like Orient have been recognized for their combined focus on a good, quality watch function and movement and a unique aesthetic.

In this article, we’ll take a look at:

The Orient CFDAC004W

The Orient Automatic CFDAC004W is from the Executive Collection. The watch design is elegant and excellent for everyday wear.

orient tank

Here are the pros and cons of this watch.

The Pros

  • Approx. 40 hr Power Reserve and indicator
  • Stainless steel and case
  • Screwed down crown
  • 50m water resistance (okay for swimming)
  • Date calendar
  • In-house movement
  • $290 price tag

The Cons

  • Mineral crystal
  • Big, somewhat bulky

Customers have noted that the CFDAC004W combines a conservative style and “neat features” not found on other Orient Watches.

The Cartier Tank Francaise

The Cartier Tank Francaise is one of Cartier’s classic wristwatches. It was created in 1917 during WWI, which is where it earned its name “Tank,” because Cartier was inspired by the new, tough machines introduced to the rest of Europe by Britain.

The watch has developed over the years, but designers today continue to produce original designs like those of Louis Cartier.

cartier tank 2

Here is a brief listing of the pros and cons of the Tank.

The Pros

  • Stainless steel band and case
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Date calendar
  • 28mm diameter (small size)
  • Unisex
  • The name

The Cons

  • No Power Reserve indicator
  • 30m water resistance (okay for splashes, spills or very shallow immersion)
  • Price: about $4,500 new

Customers choose this watch because, as with the Orient CFDAC004W, it is both casual and formal, elegant yet everyday. This is an important quality to find in a watch.

People also choose Cartier because of the unique designs and shapes that are very appealing to collectors of jewelry and watches.

Still other customers noted the Tank’s inaccuracy and short Power Reserve.

Which watch is the one for you?

While Cartier is renowned for royal jewelry and diamonds, the Orient CFDAC004W is better for someone who wears a watch as an attractive time-keeping device, not just an attractive piece of jewelry.

The CFDAC004W would be a good choice for someone who appreciates the look of the Cartier Tank, but who can’t afford the Tank or who wants or needs a more accurate timepiece.

Yet, many people choose the Cartier because it is unisex and worn by kings, queens and first ladies (including Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama), so it is a trustworthy name. However, when you wear a piece of Cartier jewelry, you’re wearing a piece of history that you should learn about and understand before purchasing.

Whether you choose Cartier or Orient, remember to always buy from a real and authentic dealer. This is especially important for online purchases. Go for trusted sites like Amazon or Orient Watch USA.

So, which watch is the one for you? Comment below.

  1. 9 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Amy Ames on Feb 14, 2010

    my boyfriend said these watches are the s@#$..

  3. By Chris on Feb 15, 2010

    Price alone would make me go for the Orient, but I’d like to see more models that use a more scratch resistant face. Extra features are always nice, but having a scratch resist sapphire crystal is a big draw for me.

  4. By Jeff on Feb 15, 2010

    Personally, I prefer the look of the Orient over the Cartier with respect to blued hands (although I’d not be likely to wear either.) A watch is so much more these days than a simple timepiece (after all, many just use a cell phone for timekeeping.) It is definitely more jewelry than a timepiece and with that being said, the orient has a nicer look compared to the Cartier. Just my two cents though.

  5. By robert martin on Feb 15, 2010

    i think the mens watch is gorgeous.

  6. By robert martin on Feb 15, 2010

    i think i would definitely sport the mens oriental at the club or just out on the town in general.

  7. By James Walley on Feb 18, 2010

    Although power reserve indicators may look nice on chronograph-type watches, I find it really clutters up the look of a tank watch. The Orient looks over-busy, while the Cartier has a simple elegance.

    If you want the classiest model, or want to show off your “good taste,” and don’t mind paying for it, the Cartier is the obvious choice. If you can’t afford the Cartier, and simply want a Cartier-lookalike at a lower price, there are lots of quartz-driven clones (without that distracting power-reserve indicator) available at most jewelers and department stores for less than the Orient — and, having quartz movements, they will be much more accurate timekeepers than either of these two.

  8. By Tim on Sep 25, 2010

    I have a Cartier Tank and it gets compliments every where I go. Yes, the time keeping aspect is nothing compared my Breitling but it is just such a wonderful watch to where. I would recommend it to anyone!

  9. By brian on Jan 12, 2011

    i have the cartier. it is a great watch. also the hands on it are blue as well its just hard to see them in this photo!!! i love it!!!!

  10. By Gonzalo on Feb 9, 2011

    Tengo un Cartier, me lo regalaron y me gusto mucho. Es un excelente reloj, lo recomiendo para regalos muy especiales

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