Cartier Ballon Bleu 42mm 18k Gold & Stainless Steel Watch Review

Cartier Ballon Bleu 42mm 18k Gold
by: Ben Tseytlin - on Vintage & Luxury Watches

The Cartier Ballon Bleu 42mm watch is two-toned and made with stainless steel and 18k gold. It is a luxurious and sophisticated timepiece that features a number of characteristics that make it popular among watch collectors.


Cartier is a luxury merchandise conglomerate that is based in France. While it is known for high-end jewelry, it has also built a reputation for designing upscale watches. The Cartier Ballon Bleu is a perfect example of this, as it features exceptionally detailed Roman numeral dials which are made from silver opaline. Also visible is a fluted crown which uses a cabochon blue sapphire accent, with hands shaped like blue colored swords. Simply put, there is nothing like it on the market.

Cartier employs over a thousand people who are dedicated to ensuring each watch they manufacture is top of the line. From design conceptualization to development and decoration, this watch was made with cutting edge technology which still incorporates the classical techniques which have made Swiss and French timepieces the envy of the world. The Cartier Ballon Bleu watch finds the ideal balance between new and old design approaches, resulting in a fine timepiece that you’ll be proud to wear. It makes the perfect gift for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or Christmas.

The sapphire crystal used in its manufacture is resistant to scratches, and the Calibre O49 type Movement is both automatic and self-winding. Buyers will also be pleased to know that this watch includes a deployment buckle and is always shipped in the original box with an accompanying certificate of authenticity.


There are a number of factors that make this watch a cut above the rest. First, it can function without the need of a battery, since it will power itself automatically whenever your arms move. The case is made from stainless steel which gives it substantial strength and durability. Best of all, it is water-resistant up to a depth of 99 feet (or 30 meters) and can withstand both water splashes and rain with ease. However, owners should avoid submerging it for long periods of time, as it is not a diver’s watch. Cartier has designed this watch so well that some models come with a 125-year warranty. Few manufacturers, in any industry, would ever offer such a thing.

When To Wear

This handsome watch is versatile and as such can be worn in a variety of different settings. Its robust construction means that it can be worn during athletic or sporting activities without worry, although it is best reserved for formal engagements such as business meetings, public speaking events, weddings and occasions of this nature. This watch doesn’t require a great deal of maintenance but should be stored in a special case when not in use to prevent it from becoming damaged or worn.