In 1847 Louis-Francois Cartier founded Cartier in Paris, France. He quickly established himself by catering to the elites in society. In 1903 they created their first men's wristwatch, inspired by his pilot friend Alberto Santos-Dumont, he called it the Santos. Just four years later in 1907 Cartier began a partnership with Edmond Jaeger of the prominent watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre. Jaeger agreed to be the exclusive supplier of movements for Cartier watches. Today Cartier is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont Group.
This mid-sized Cartier Santos Galbee launched in 1987 was renamed (galbée-meaning in French curved or shapely) with refinements to the distinctive case shape and fit, for a more streamlined look. The 29mm square stainless steel case with curves that soften the boxy shape and the slender gently curved lugs perfectly support the integrated style bracelet—inspired by a square pocket watch Cartier made early on. Polished and brushed surfaces are expertly finished. On the right side, a heptagon crown protected by crown guards with a blue cabochon inset. Its use of screws in the polished bezel and around the case was intended to simulate the screws found on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. A flat sapphire crystal protects the silver dial. The radial pattern catches the light as you rotate your wrist.
Large Roman numerals in black radiate around the inner minute track, like the Paris roads, radiating from the Arc de Triomphe. At 3 o’clock a small date window. Elegant slim thermally blued sword hands are nicely balanced by a sweeping center seconds hand. The design takes its cues from the Art Deco movement of the 1920s and 1930s. On the reverse a screwed-down case back. Inside an Automatic ETA 2000-1, 20 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. Quickset date and hacking functions. This compact movement is based on the ETA 2892-A2, it is fitted with a Glucydur balance wheel, Nivarox flat hairspring for durability, accuracy, and antimagnetic properties. The watch comes fitted on an 18mm Cartier stainless steel bracelet with a double fold hidden clasp and screw detailing.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Cartier box or paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original stainless steel Cartier signed bracelet, the bracelet will fit up to a 6 3/4inch wrist. The watch is from Circa. 2000s and is sold in worn condition, but overall very fair condition as you can see, a full case & bracelet refurb can be provided at an additional cost. The watch comes with our 12-Months Non-Waterproof Warranty.
This is one from the personal collection that I will be sad to see go, but with my collection growing and diversifying from incredible watches like this to more independent, I just cannot afford to keep them all, unfortunately. The Santos Galbee Midsize is the perfect Cartier Santos in my opinion, beautifully proportioned on the wrist, not too big or too small, and perfect for all occasions, you won't be disappointed.