1980s Cartier Santos Stainless steel and its rare “bordeaux” dial and saphyr

Can you name a brand that evokes refined luxury better than Cartier? Cartier has always symbolized the elegance and luxury quintessence, present since 1847 in the jewelry and watchmaking field they are known as “Le Joaillier des Rois et le Roi des Joailliers” (Jeweller of Kings and King of Jewellers)

The Story behind the Cartier Santos is starting in 1906, when the crowd saw the aviator Santos-Dumont extract himself from his 14 bis airplane while checking his watch to see if he had just broken a record. 2 years earlier Louis Cartier created the Santos watch to mark his friendship with the eponymous aviator.

The famous aviator’s wish was granted: he could read the time in full flight.

A resolutely modern watch, in the image of the pioneers of the air, builders of this precise moment in history.

While retaining the essential charm of the Santos Galbee, a square case secured by rivets and embraced by a unique all-steel bracelet. The Santos that you have in front of you shows its uniqueness thanks to its rare burgundy-colored lacquered dial. The dial is immaculate with no indexes, date windows, or other indications and is enhanced by its steel saber hands.

Additional subtlety, instead of its traditional blue Saphyr, this Santos raises a bright red Saphyr. It becomes the representation of pure elegance combined by the perfect equation between modernity and classicism.

ModelSantos Galbée
YearCirca 1980
Case materialStainless Steel 

CaseUnpolished, very few usage marks
DialPerfect and rare Burgundy lacquered
CrownOriginal and rare Red Saphyr
BraceletStainless Steel 


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