The history of Cartier Pasha

Cartier Pasha watches

The history of the Cartier Pasha watch

It was in the 30s that the first Cartier Pasha watch was designed, on the command from the Pasha of Marrakech. He would have required a watertight Cartier watch "to swim in his pool without losing track of time." The Pasha was finally created in 1943.

The style of the Cartier Pasha watch

Massive and robust, it is recognizable by its roundness, and its cabochon crown fitted with a safety clasp ensuring the sealing of the watch.

Available in numerous versions, the Pasha watch joined the clan of the indispensable Cartier watches, such as the Cartier Panthère, the Santos watch or the Ballon Bleu watch.

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The Pasha watch models

Without changing its own characteristics, the Pasha progresses over time with different horological complications: The Pasha chronograph, released in 1986, is equipped with three counters and three cabochons, the Pasha grille, launched in 1997 for Cartier’s 150th anniversary, is equipped with a stainless steel railing covering the dial, the Pasha Golf has six cabochons, allowing the owner to count golf points.

Special features of the Pasha by Cartier

Round shaped, the Pasha has the following characteristics: a round dial with vendômes ties, a screwed caseback, a crown set with a security cabochon garanteeing water resistance.


To acquire a steel Pasha chronograph, an enthusiast in 2005 had to pay an average price of €1,221. In 2014, he or she would need €2,781, an increase of 130% in its value. A check of the watch and guarantee should cost around €500 more.

The meca-quartz movement, that some Pasha Chronographe have, was created by Jaeger-LeCoultre with Cartier’s collaboration. Its particularity is to combine the facility of a quartz movement for hours and the complexity of a mecanic movement for the chrono. This movement celebrates the birth of a new horological mechanism.

All the figures of this study emanate from the databases of LuxPrice-index© , who survey the results of more than 200 000 auctions from the main auction houses around the world across a 12 year span.

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