The story of the Pasha de Cartier goes as far back as 1932 when Louis Cartier created one of the first waterproof watches – thanks to a very unusual crown protection device. It is said that the watch was commissioned by the Pasha of Marrakesh, hence the name of the collection. He requested a watch that would be elegant but capable of accompanying him on his regular swims and daily bathing. The iconic features of this watch were a chain-secured cap protecting the winding crown and a protective grid over the crystal. In 1943, the timepiece was introduced into the official Cartier collection.