The Cartier Pasha has a history stretching back over 70 years. The watch's predecessor was the first waterproof watch made by this Parisian company. The Pasha's distinguishing feature is a protective crown cap attached to the case with a chain.
- Series in honor of the Pasha of Marrakesh
- High-end models made of gold featuring a tourbillon
- Waterproof case with a screw-down crown
- Unique screw-down crown cap attached to the case by a small chain
- Affordable watches starting at 1,300 euros
Cartier Pasha: Traditionally Waterproof
introduced the first waterproof wristwatch
in the 1930s. Due to the watch's complex sealing system, however, most of these models were only waterproof for a short time. This all changed in the early 1940s. After the death of Louis Cartier in 1942, the company began introducing new designs and inventions to the market. At the time, it was much easier and effective to make round cases waterproof. Thus, in 1943, the Parisian company presented a round gold watch with a screw-down case back and centrally-positioned lugs. Cartier had placed a protective grid over the watch glass, making it slightly reminiscent of military watches from the First World War. One technical innovation of this watch was the protective cap for the crown
. After winding and setting the watch, the wearer would screw a protective cap on the crown. The crown was not easily misplaced, as it was attached to the case with a small chain.
It's a widespread myth that the Pasha was made in the 1930s at the request of the Pasha of Marrakesh, a great admirer and friend of Louis Cartier. The Pasha wasn't actually produced or named until 1985. Today, the crown cap secured to the case by a chain remains a distinguishing feature of this watch. The watch's sleek design has enticed numerous celebrities; the actor Pierce Brosnan and entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., a member of the Rat Pack, have both worn the Pasha.
If you're a lover of Cartier as the Pasha of Marrakesh was, take a look at the Pasha collection. The series is perfect for fans of round watches. You can buy pre-owned models starting around 1,300 euros. If you prefer a chronograph, a watch with a stopwatch function, the quartz-powered Pasha Chrono is available for around the same price. An automatic chronograph is more expensive, costing around 2,000 euros. New models cost even more, around 5,000 euros. A new automatic model without a chronograph function is available for around 2,500 euros.
If you're on the search for a gold watch, then you should be prepared to spend at least 4,500 euros. Most pre-owned gold watches run somewhere near that price range. Plan on spending a few thousand euros more if you want a new gold watch; they cost around 9,000 euros. If diamonds are scattered on the dial, band, and case, such as on the Cartier Pasha Skeleton, then the price can rocket upwards of 100,000 euros.
Cartier's Ballon Bleu
is also a round timepiece. Since the company first introduced this watch in 2007, there aren't many pre-owned models available. The price for a pre-owned quartz model runs around 3,000 euros. New watches with leather straps and quartz calibers start around 3,100 euros, while prices for a new automatic watch start around 3,800 euros.
If you're more passionate about square watches
, then the Cartier Santos
would be more attractive options. Both are among the most iconic watches in the Cartier collection. The Santos was one of the first pilot's watches in the world. Pre-owned, it's available for less than 1,000 euros. New models powered by quartz calibers cost around 3,000 euros. New, automatic versions start around 4,000 euros. The Tank, pre-owned and in good condition, can be purchased for around 500 euros. When new, this timepiece costs around 1,900 euros with a quartz movement and 2,600 with an automatic movement.
Cartier Miss Pasha: For Women
The Cartier Miss Pasha is especially targeted towards women. It has a small diameter of 27 mm and is only 7.6 mm thick, making it perfect for thinner wrists. A precise quartz movement keeps the watch running accurately. The crown cap is set with a synthetic spinel cabochon. A cabochon is a gemstone that has been shaped and polished, but not faceted. The dial is available in pink or silver, and the band is offered in textile or stainless steel variants. The Parisian company uses stainless steel or gold for the case. Diamonds adorn some models, making them more expensive. Those cost around 20,000 euros due to the gems. More affordable stainless steel models cost around 2,000 euros.
Cartier Pasha Skeleton: Gold & Diamonds
A highlight of the Pasha collection is the skeletonized model with reference number HPI00968. This 42-mm watch is made of 18-karat white gold. A total of 48 rubies and 24 baguette-cut diamonds decorate the case. A brilliant-cut diamond adorns the top of the crown, and more diamonds are featured on the dial, 248 individual gems in total. The dial is a real eye-catcher; the jewels are set to create the head of a panther, Cartier's logo. The head consists of the white gold bridge of the in-house, hand-winding 9613 MC caliber. The movement's power reserve lasts 72 hours. Cartier uses 18-karat white gold for the bracelet too, which is covered in 280 baguette-cut diamonds. You should be prepared to spend around 100,000 euros for this special timepiece.
- 18-karat white gold case
- 48 rubies and 24 diamonds on the case
- 280 diamonds on the band
- 248 diamonds on the dial in the shape of a panther's head
- In-house caliber 9613 MC
The Cartier Pasha Flying Tourbillon Skeleton: A Whirlwind Watch
The Cartier Pasha Flying Tourbillon Skeleton is a masterpiece of haute horlogerie. The 18-karat white gold case has a diameter of 42 mm. The dial consists of the bridges of the movement, the in-house, manual caliber, Geneva Seal-certified 9457 MC. The Geneva Seal is a quality and origin mark for mechanical watches built and regulated in the canton of Geneva.
The highlight of this watch is the tourbillon at six o'clock. Abraham-Louis Breguet invented the tourbillon in the 18th century. He built the escapement and swing systems in a small cage which makes a full rotation on its axis once every minute. The rotation was designed to equalize deviations caused by pocket watches' susceptibility to gravity. Tourbillon watches are still considered to be watchmaking masterpieces today. Cartier uses a so-called "flying tourbillon" in this watch. The master watchmaker Alfred Helwig made this further development in 1920. Unlike the classic variation, this tourbillon lacks an upper bridge for the cage, giving the wearer a clearer look at the mechanism. The Cartier Pasha Flying Tourbillon Skeleton costs around 100,000 euros.
- Flying tourbillon at 6 o'clock
- 18-karat white gold case
- In-house caliber 9457 MC