Cartier Santos Galbee 2319Sold
Cartier Santos Galbee 2319
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According to Cartier, it is the portrait of a modern man and the product of experimentation by two visionaries and friends, Louis Cartier and Alberto Santos-Dumont. Of course we’re talking about the Cartier Santos Galbee. The first purpose-designed, modern wrist watch that was created after pioneer of aviation Alberto Santos-Dumont complained about his difficulty checking the time on his pocket watch while flying. This distinctive piece was made by Cartier in the year 2002. Both, the 29 by 31 mm (without lugs) case and the characteristic ‘screwed’ bracelet are entirely made out of stainless steel. This Santos’ dial design is not exactly the one we are familiar with as we’re talking about Cartier. This particular piece was delivered with a 2002 limited edition, silver/grey dial without a date window. It makes the watch a bit more special than the regular white dial Santos. Between the watch’s crown guards we find the exquisite blue sapphire crown that definitely completes this iconic Cartier masterpiece. A little side note: this beautiful piece comes with its original, red Cartier box and instruction and service booklets. Cartier has undoubtedly made some major mistakes in the modern ‘supersized’ Santos model line but thanks to this magnificence we’ll definitely forgive them.
Cartier Louis-François Cartier took over his master’s jewellery workshop in 1847. Over the years, his sons and grandsons inherited the family business and expanded the brand by opening shops in New York and London. King Edward VII of the United Kingdom granted Cartier a prestigious royal warrant in 1904, calling the brand “the jeweler of kings and the king of jewellers.” Such was the renown of Cartier, that royal warrants soon rolled in from all over the world (among which, Belgium, Egypt, Greece, Siam, Spain, Portugal, and Russia). While Cartier is known primarily for its jewellery, it also has a storied history in watchmaking. Cartier’s first foray in watchmaking came in 1888, offering exclusively ladies models. In 1904, Louis Cartier gave his friend and Brazilian aviation pioneer Santos Dumont to wear during his flights. Until then, wrist watches were worn exclusively by women and men opted for the traditional pocket watch. The ‘Santos-Dumont’ was not only the first wristwatch geared towards men but also the first pilot’s watch!
- SKU 6120