Introduced in 2001 yet inspired by sports cars from the 1950s and 60s, the Cartier Roadster is a timeless dress watch collection that flaunts a distinctive tonneau-shaped case, as well as a number of precious metals. Collectors may find men’s and women’s Roadster models in both mechanical and quartz calibers, and styles range from sleek white gold and stainless steel to rich rose and yellow gold.
Perhaps the most compelling element of this collection, however, is its ties to decades past. Its curved silhouette resembles an aerodynamic roadster and its sunken screws on the lug mimic the headlights on classic cars like the Alfa Romeo Spider and Aston Martin Racing. Additionally, the crown design looks like the fins on old school Cadillacs while references with Arabic numerals, or “roulette” dials, resemble the speedometer of a Porsche 356 Speedster.
While the Cartier Roadster can easily be confused for a sports watch because of its name and influence, it is far from one. In fact, the Roadster is a versatile dress piece that’s available in a range of functions like classic three-hand models, compelling chronographs, and functional GMTs. Most models are also equipped with a 100m water-resistance, 42-hour power reserve, stop seconds, and a modified ETA caliber with automatic winding. For standard men’s pieces, most cases measure in at around 43mm x 38mm while most women’s pieces are about 36mm x 30mm. In 2010, Cartier released the slightly more conservative Roadster S which did not have visible lug screws or a magnifying date lens. Then in 2012, the Cartier Roadster collection was officially discontinued much to the dismay of many collectors and brand enthusiasts. Want to see how this collection stacks up against the iconic Cartier Pasha? Watch this expert comparison of the Cartier Pasha and Cartier Roadster. Or, peruse our entire pre-owned suite of dress, chronograph, and GMT watches to find similar styles from other luxury brands.
Explore Compelling Roadster Models
Since being discontinued in 2012, the Cartier Roadster is exclusively available on the pre-owned market and browsing our collection is a great opportunity to find rare, near-mint condition pieces. There’s a reference to suit any unique taste or preference and it’s the perfect everyday dress watch for men and women. If you’re interested in seeing one of these pieces up close, read this review of the Cartier Roadster. And, be sure to check out a selection of our favorite models:
This self-winding automatic watch features a 48mm x 42mm stainless steel case, blue dial, and stainless steel bracelet. Its functions include hours, minutes, seconds, and date for those who need a stylish, yet robust wristwatch.
Searching for an everyday chronograph that makes a seamless transition from a day at the office to a night on the town? This handsome stainless steel self-winding automatic watch features a 49mm x 43mm case, silver dial, and a variety of functions including hours, minutes, small seconds, date, and chronograph.
Simple and to the point, but certainly not lacking in style, the Roadster ref. W62000V3 is a gorgeous and sleek automatic timepiece. Its 37mm x 44mm case is complemented by a silver dial, hours, minutes, seconds, and date.
A favorite among collectors, this automatic stainless steel Roadster Chronograph is 41mm across the broad of the case, 12.5mm thick, and 56mm from solid end link to solid end link. Handsome and memorable, it’s certainly a timepiece for the ages.
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