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 that includes IWC, Montblanc, Vacheron Constantin.
Our Cartier Santos Blue WSSA0013/WSSA0030 has a 38mm stainless steel case with curves that soften the boxy shape. The slender gently curved lugs perfectly support the integrated style bracelet. 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. The polished bezel now tapers towards the lugs. A flat sapphire crystal protects the brushed sunburst blue dial. The dial and indices catch the light as you rotate your wrist. Large applied Roman numerals radiate around the inner minute track, like the Paris roads, radiating from the Arc de Triomphe. At 6 o’clock a date window. Elegant slim steel sword hands are complemented by a fine tapered seconds hand. On the reverse, a screwed-down case back Cartier engraved into it. Inside an Automatic Cartier Cal. 1847 MC, 23 Jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. An in-house movement first introduced in the 2015 Cartier Clé collection. The watch comes fitted on its Cartier stainless steel bracelet with brushed and polished surfaces. Cartier's patent-pending SmartLink system allows you to make adjustments by pushing a button on the bottom of a link where a pin will partially pop out, letting you slide the link out. The “QuickSwitch" mechanism makes changing a breeze, you simply press a small rectangular button underneath the watch band to release it from the case – no need for spring bars, or specialist tools. Comes with its Cartier presentation box and papers.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Cartier box and Cartier paperwork, with a case protector included. The watch comes paired on its original Cartier bracelet with a signed Cartier clasp, all links included. Included is the blue Cartier strap too. The watch is from December 2019 and is sold in worn condition, but overall great condition as you can see with very few hairline scratches. The watch comes with its original Manufacturer Warranty.
A watch that has really surprised me, at first I thought it was far too large based on my perception of my own Santos Galbee which is far smaller, but wow! On the wrist this watch is perfect, yes it is a big watch, but it doesn't wear too big at all, it's comfortable and sits well thanks to how thin it is. A stunning watch with a stunning dial and fantastic history from a great brand, what more can you ask for?