In 1904, Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont complained to friend Louis Cartier about the unreliability and impracticality of using a pocket watch while flying. Cartier designed a flat wristwatch with a square bezel and gave it to Santos-Dumont. The Santos’ case was seemingly inspired by a square pocket watch Cartier had produced, but the highly legible dial design telegraphs a shift to Art Deco style that would define the 1920s and 1930s, and continues to define Cartier’s design aesthetic to this day.
The case was conceived to be robust and the screws that secure the glass were intended to recall the legs of the new Eiffel tower. Similarly, the blackened Roman numerals suggest the radial layout of Paris’ streets and wide boulevards.
In 1978, Cartier gave the watch an integrated bracelet instead of the traditional leather strap. Cartier made the case and bracelet out of stainless steel, a true change in course for the maison that had only worked with precious metals before this time. Cartier also added 18k gold to the case and bracelet to give the watch a touch of luxury. This “bimetal” gold-steel design would go on to be extremely popular in the 1980s (have Wall Street’s Gordon Gecko in mind).
Object nr: 239
Model: Santos Galbée
Year: 1992 (cert is included)
Movement: Cal. 157. Quartz (new battery)
Material: Stainless steel
Original crown: Yes
Dimensions: 24 x 24 mm (35mm), without crown
Strap/Bracelet: Original Cartier bracelet
Box/Papers: Yes, full set with original box and original certification
The watch got some signs of wear at the case and bracelet as you can see in the pictures. They become more or less visible depending on angle and light. The dial have developed a bit farmer patina through the years since 1992. Everything on the watch is original and is ready for new adventures.
Supplied with the watch is the original red box and the original cert from -92.
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