The Cartier Pasha Collection: A Horological History and Appreciation

In the realm of luxury watches, Cartier stands as an undisputed titan. Renowned for its timeless elegance, exceptional craftsmanship, and a legacy that spans over a century, this watchmaker has consistently redefined the standards of horological artistry. Among the many illustrious timepieces that have graced the brand’s catalogue, the Cartier Pasha holds a special place. With its distinctive design, remarkable history, and enduring appeal, it remains iconic even today.

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About the Cartier Pasha Collection

NAGOYA JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 26, 2014: Fashion house Cartier – Cartier designs, manufacturers, distributes and sells jewellery and watches founded in France in 1847.

The Cartier Pasha made its debut in 1985, quickly cementing itself as a quintessential example of Cartier’s ability to merge innovation with sophistication. However, the origins of this watch can be traced back even further – to roughly fifty years before it first appeared on the market.

In the 1930s Thami El Glaoui, the Pasha (or governor) of Marrakesh, commissioned Louis Cartier to create a water-resistant watch that he could wear while swimming. However, this watch also needed to be elegant enough that he could wear it to high-society gatherings. The result was a timepiece that not only met the Pasha’s exacting standards but also redefined the concept of a luxury sports watch. He received the watch in 1933.

No one has any idea today of what this watch looked like. Most historians agree that it probably took inspiration from the Cartier Tank Étanche, a waterproof design that was only released two years before Thami El Glaoui was given his watch. It almost certainly didn’t look like the Cartier Pasha that’s loved by enthusiasts and aficionados in the modern day.


One of the defining characteristics of the Cartier Pasha is its timeless, exuberant design, slotting quite neatly into a decade often labelled the “decade of greed”. Bold and beautiful, the watch features a round case, prominent Arabic numerals, and a distinctive screw-down crown cap that has become distinctive of the collection as a whole. It’s the presence of this cap that truly sets the Pasha apart, as it also serves a functional purpose by protecting the crown and ensuring the watch’s water resistance.

The dial of the Pasha is another masterclass in craftsmanship. Its prominent numerals and minute track ensure excellent readability, while its signature date window at 5 o’clock adds a practical touch to its design. The blued-steel hands, a Cartier hallmark, add a dash of colour and refinement to the dial.

Later Models

Over the years, the Cartier Pasha has undergone several updates and variations, each maintaining the essence of the original design while incorporating modern innovations. In 2020, Cartier reintroduced the Pasha collection with renewed enthusiasm.

The latest Cartier Pasha models continue to honour the legacy of the original design. They feature the same iconic screw-down crown cap, bold numerals, and meticulous attention to detail. Yet, they also incorporate contemporary elements, such as improved water resistance and modern movements, ensuring that the Pasha remains a relevant and coveted timepiece in the 21st century.

Who Has Worn the Cartier Pasha?

The Cartier Pasha has long been associated with prestige and influence. Over the decades, it has adorned the wrists of royalty, celebrities, and many discerning watch enthusiasts. Just a few of the names associated with the Cartier Pasha include Rat Pack member Sammy Davis Jr (who was gifted his gold watch by Frank Sinatra), actor Pierce Brosnan, singer Willow Smith, and actress Maisie Williams.
The fact that the collection has endured to the present day proves that it transcends fashion trends and speaks to those who appreciate the blend of heritage, innovation, and craftsmanship that Cartier represents.

Our Conclusion

With a design that has stood the test of time and a history deeply intertwined with Cartier’s legacy, the Pasha continues to capture the hearts of watch aficionados around the world. Whether you’re drawn to its classic aesthetics, water-resistant capabilities, or the aura of prestige it exudes, the Cartier Pasha remains an enduring icon in the world of luxury timepieces.

Get a Fair Price for Your Cartier Pasha

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January 9, 2024

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