Yes Brother, this is true. Apparently Cartier actually patented the word "Tank" to describe the shape of the watch. The owner of Cartier did during WW1 name the shape after the shape of the tanks used.That explaination works for me! :thumbup1:
IMHO there are too many watches out there calling themselves "tanks". If they don't say Cartier, they're not Tanks.
I learn something new every day. :thumbup:The way I read it, Cartier first brought out a watch known as a "tank" based on the fact that it looked like the first tanks in use at the time- having treads on the outside of the rectangular body:
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From there, the naming convention started to be used, rightly or wrongly for rectangular or square watches.