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Cartier Tank Solo Quartz or Automatic

In this review and comparison, we will discuss the Cartier Tank Solo which is available in a few sizes from a small Tank Solo to the automatic Tank Solo Large. But which is best for you, the Quartz or Automatic?

Despite all the similarities between the quartz and automatic models, these are two very different watches. The mechanics used to display the time are as different as night and day. Yes, the most noticeable differences are on the outside and they are only a few. What really makes both these timepieces different is what's "behind the scenes" so the million dollar question is:

With this in-depth comparison, we will be comparing some of the best selling Cartier Tank watches; the Cartier Tank Solos. One is a quartz model and the other is the Tank Solo XL an automatic/self-winding model. You can see both watches using the buttons below.

               

Let's start with that which makes these two watches similar before getting into what makes each of these watches different from one another. Firstly, the overall look of each of these watches is nearly identical. They both have the exact same classic look only with a difference in the case size, and a few other differences. In terms of additional functions, only the Automatic Tank watch has a date window at the 6 o'clock position. They both are made of the same material and have a water resistance of 30m/100ft, which is about 30% more than the Tank Louis Cartier. As for the inside of the watch, the difference is in the caliber which is the watch's movement, it's power source.

Cartier Tank Solo Review

Top Differences Between These Two Types Of Movements

   QUARTZ MOVEMENT

A quartz watch uses a quartz movement which is powered by a watch battery and a quartz crystal. The battery sends an electric current to the quartz crystal which then creates a vibration or as watchmakers call it; an oscillation. A quartz is a high-frequency crystal and it resonates at 32,768 revolutions per second giving higher accuracy.

  AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT

An automatic movement, on the other hand, is purely mechanical and is powered by the tension of a tightly wound spring. An automatic timepiece (also called a self-winding watch) is wound up when first used, usually via the winding crown and then is "recharged" via a rotor using your movement as you wear it.

These are the big differences in terms of the internal organs of the watches and as you can see they are quite different on the inside. Many watch lovers prefer a mechanically powered-watch such as an automatic/self-winding watch since it has fascinating micro-mechanics that provide an esoteric value to the watch. They can often look through the transparent case back on many watches and marvel at the mechanics all moving together. It's actually one of the reasons many people start collecting watches in the first place.

However, on the Cartier Tank Solo Automatic, you won't find a transparent case back. Instead, just like on the Tank Louis Cartier, you will see a solid stainless steel case back which comes in handy if you are looking to engrave an inscription or gift message on it.

Steel case back has an area where you can engrave an inscription or message

Differences & Similarities Between The Cartier Tank Solo Quartz & Automatic

  1. Case Size: The quartz models are available in two sizes, a ladies 24.4mm x 31mm, and a midsize watch which is 27mm x 34.8mm. The Tank Solo Automatic is only available in a larger size 31mm x 40.85mm.
  2. Date Window: The Cartier Tank Solo Automatic has a date window at the 6 o'clock position which is not available on the Quartz.
  3. Strap/Bracelet: There are several strap options: You can find the Tank Solo on a black calfskin strap, a black or brown alligator leather strap, and a stainless steel bracelet.
  4. Seconds & Minutes Track: You will see a railroad style minute track printed in black on both the Tank Solo automatic and Quartz.
  5. Dial: The dials on both versions are scaled proportionately. The Cartier Tank Solo Automatic has the words "Cartier" printed in black on the silver dial just below the 12 o'clock position and "Swiss Made" printed below the 6 o'clock position beneath the date function.
  6. Numerals: The Roman numerals for 6 o'clock is missing on the Tank Solo Automatic. The quartz model, on the other hand, has Roman numerals including the numeral at the 6 o'clock position with the words "Swiss Made" printed in black beneath it.
  7. Date Window: The date aperture is non-existent on the quartz version but is available in the automatic/self-winding version.
  8. Hands: Both the Cartier quartz and automatic Tank Solos have blued sword-shaped hour and minute hands.
  9. Case Material : Models are available in an 18kt yellow or rose gold case (like on the Tank Louis but for a substantially lower price)  and a stainless steel case as depicted here.
  10. Crown : One of the similarities that you will find on the Tank Solo wristwatches are the crowns with their blue cabochons.

Remember: Despite these slight differences in appearance, these are two very different watches. One is an automatic mechanical watch that has a mechanical movement and the other is a quartz watch and has a battery powered movement.

So which do you prefer? The Cartier Tank Solo Automatic or Quartz?

Let us know your choice in the comments section at the end of this article or feel free to browse either of these collections using the buttons below:

               

COMPARE COLLECTIONS
Tank Solo Automatic Extra Large Collection
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Brand: Cartier Cartier Cartier Cartier
Series: Tank Solo Automatic Extra Large Tank Solo Automatic Extra Large Tank Solo Automatic Extra Large Tank Solo Automatic Extra Large
Model #: W5200026 W5200028 W5200027 wsta0029
Size: Mens Mens Mens Mens
Case Material: 18kt Rose Gold Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Dial Color: Silver Silver Silver Silver
Bracelet/Strap: Alligator/Crocodile Leather Stainless Steel Alligator/Crocodile Leather Calfskin Leather
Clasp Type: Tang Buckle Hidden Folding Clasp Deployant Buckle Deployant Buckle
Movement: Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Bezel: Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire
Case Back: Solid Solid Solid Solid
Water Resistance: 30m/100ft 30m/100ft 30m/100ft 30m/100ft
Case Diameter: 31mm x 40.85mm 31mm x 40.85mm 31mm x 40.85mm 31mm x 40.85mm
Case Thickness: 7.65mm 7.65mm 7.65mm 7.65mm
  DISCONTINUED
Solo Quartz Collection with Stainless Steel Cases
W5200014 W5200014 WSTA0028 WSTA0030
Model #: w5200014 w5200013 wsta0028 wsta0030
Size: Midsize Ladies Midsize Ladies
Case Material: Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Dial Color: Silver Silver Silver Silver
Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Calfskin Leather Calfskin Leather
Clasp Type: Hidden Folding Clasp Hidden Folding Clasp Deployant Buckle Deployant Buckle
Movement: Quartz Quartz Quartz Quartz
Bezel: Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire
Case Back: Solid Solid Solid Solid
Water Resistance: 30m 30m/100ft 30m/100ft 30m/100ft
Case Diameter: 27mm x 34.8mm 24.4mm x 31mm 27mm x 34.8mm 24.4mm x 31mm
Case Thickness: 5.5mm 5.55mm 5.55mm 5.55mm
 
Solo Quartz Collection with Precious Metal Cases
  W5200002 W5200004 W5200024 W5200025
Model #: W5200002 W5200004 W5200024 W5200025
Size: Ladies Midsize Ladies Midsize
Case Material: Stainless Steel & Yellow Gold Stainless Steel & Yellow Gold Stainless Steel & Rose Gold Stainless Steel & Rose Gold
Dial Color: Silver Silver Silver Silver
Bracelet/Strap: Alligator/Crocodile Leather Alligator/Crocodile Leather Alligator/Crocodile Leather Alligator/Crocodile Leather
Clasp Type: Tang Buckle Tang Buckle Tang Buckle Tang Buckle
Movement: Quartz Quartz Quartz Quartz
Bezel: Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire
Case Back: Solid Solid Solid Solid
Water Resistance: 30m/100ft 30m/100ft 30m/100ft 30m/100ft
Case Diameter: 24.4mm x 31mm 27.4mm x 34.8mm 24.4mm x 31mm 27.4mm x 34.8mm
Case Thickness: 5.5mm 5.55mm 5.5mm 5.55mm
  (Discontinued model)

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