22 Jan 2012

Cartier’s Pasha 42mm Diamond White Gold Watch WJ1199JY Watch Review

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Written by Laura Rensing

If diamonds are your best friend, then this watch is bound to be your BFF.  Cartier’s Pasha 42mm Diamond White Gold Watch WJ1199JY dazzles the eye while the Swiss mechanics ensure that your watch will last as long as diamonds do–forever, that is.

Cartier’s website describes this watch as the perfect fit for “strong personalities,” and there’s no argument there.  With diamonds adorning the bezel and lining the 18k white gold bracelet, this watch makes a statement almost as big as the price tag that goes along with it.  Originally designed as a men’s watch in the 1930’s, this watch has continued to appeal through time and is now available for both men and women.  The bold lines and numbers on the face coupled with the brilliant round-cut diamonds leave no room for timidity while the Swiss mechanics keep you running right on time.  With scratch-resistant sapphire dial window and a water resistance of up to 20 meters/100 feet, this watch proves itself to be as tough as, well, diamonds.

 Feature Summary

  • 18K white gold case
  • Mechanical movement with automatic winding
  • Diamond-encrusted bezel
  • 18k white gold bracelet with round-cut diamond paving
  • Silvered Opaline dial
  • Water resistant to 30 meters/ 100 feet
  • Scratch Resistant Sapphire Dial Window


With a little less bling for a lot less buck, the WJ120151 (pictured) is a variation on the design. Also available in black.

  • Readability may be an issue for some.  The bold diagonal lines on the watch help segment the face and make it easier to read the time, but  those who need a bit more functionality should consider another model.  Those who work outside may also want to consider sunlight reflecting off the diamonds and silver, which could put a strain on the eyes.
  • Too much bling for you?  If you think that the diamond-paved bracelet (or the price) is a bit much, try the WJ120151 or the WJ120251.  Minus the diamond bracelet and about $60,000 off the price, this watch keeps the clean lines and large watch face with a more casual look with an alligator strap.

Don’t get too confused when shopping around; this watch is listed as both a man and a woman’s watch.  DeMesy Fine Watches lists the piece as a Ladies Watch for $110,00.00 while The Finest Watches lists the piece as a watch for men, so if you are searching for the timepiece outside of Cartier’s website, be sure to use the model number without specifying gender to help you find the best deal available for you.

This piece may be a diamond, but its setting certainly isn’t in the rough.  Bold and brilliant, the Cartier’s Pasha 42mm Diamond White Gold Watch WJ1199JY is an easy way to make a statement wherever you go.

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