Cartier Santos Small

Regular price
$2,990
Regular price
Sale price
$2,990
Quartz
24 MM
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SKU AS09422
Article Number 40950259
case size 24 MM
movement Quartz
approximate age 2000s
dial color Silver
material Stainless Steel
style Dress
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 14 MM
Includes Integrated stainless steel bracelet with signed deployant clasp. also includes complete inner and outer box set, leather folio, and booklets.
overall condition Excellent condition throughout. Case and bracelet have been professionally refinished to factory standards. Dial is as-new.
Quartz
24 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09422
Article Number 40950259
case size 24 MM
movement Quartz
approximate age 2000s
dial color Silver
material Stainless Steel
style Dress
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 14 MM
Includes Integrated stainless steel bracelet with signed deployant clasp. also includes complete inner and outer box set, leather folio, and booklets.
overall condition Excellent condition throughout. Case and bracelet have been professionally refinished to factory standards. Dial is as-new.

Why We Love it

The first Cartier wrist watch, arguably the first sports watch of all time, and an enduring design to this day, the Cartier Santos is one of the most significant watches that receives little recognition for its prominence. Sure, the Santos is a beloved watch design, but few fully grasp the biblical impact this piece has had on the industry as a whole. 

The story of the Cartier Santos dates back to the early 1900s and a fascinating man—- Alberto Santos-Dumont. Born in 1873 into a family of engineers and farmers, Alberto’s father was involved in railroad construction, instilling in Alberto a passion for travel and exploration. This naturally led to a fascination with aviation, Alberto’s greatest passion. 

After moving to France, Santos-Dumont built a number of balloons, airships, and later primitive aircraft. Alberto quickly made significant breakthroughs in the history of early flight, including manning the very first publicly viewed manned flight in Europe. Santos-Dumont’s high profile, daring missions put him in company with some of the most prominent personalities of France, including Louis Cartier. Cartier and Santos-Dumont’s friendship blossomed from mutual respect for innovation, creativity, and legacy. In 1904, Louis Cartier gave Santos-Dumont a special watch, designed to be worn on the wrist— a novel concept at the time. The primitive, sturdy square watch was essentially the first true sports watch. 

The so-called Cartier Santos was as daring a creation as Santos-Dumont’s missions. At a point where the wrist watch was not yet popularized, Cartier presented a bold, square wrist watch design, truly challenging the limits of buttoned up French tastes. However, by 1908, Cartier revisited the 1904 prototype made for Santos-Dumont, making the watch commercially available by 1911. 

The 1911 Cartier Santos-Dumont was the birth of one of Cartier’s most iconic watch designs in history. Since 1911, Cartier has made dozens of Santos models— automatics, manually wound pieces, quartz watches, complicated references, and more. 

This particular Santos features a 24mm stainless steel case with a matching integrated steel bracelet, a polished steel bezel with its signature exposed screws, a sapphire cabochon crown, and a lovely satin silver dial with printed black Roman indices and a matching blued-steel 'sword' handset.

Powered by a handy quartz movement, this piece is accompanied by its factory goodies including an inner box, outer box, leather folio and booklets. 

If you're Cartier-curious but the Tank Louis doesn't speak to you, the slightly more versatile Santos might just be a perfect match.

Give this one a try!

Brand Story

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Despite being a purveyor of haute joaillerie, Cartier has had a long tradition of making watches.

It started in 1907, when founder Louis Cartier made what was one of the first wristwatches for his friend Alberto Santos-Dumont. In the following years, the brand made a name for itself with its most famous wristwatch, the Tank, in all its multitudinous forms.

Cartier introduced the Tank in 1917 — which was supposedly inspired by the Renault FT-17 tanks seen on the battlefields of World War I — with a run of six pieces. (According to legend, these were given to American General John J. Pershing and his staff.) Cartier took the look of the Renault tank's treads and applied it to the watch’s lugs, which were integrated via brancards into the case itself. That first run of six pieces increased to thirty-three by 1920, and by the end of the 20th Century, that number stood well in the hundreds of thousands. Indeed, in sheer volume alone, the Tank — in all its various models — is Cartier's largest line of watches.

The Tank Louis was introduced in 1922, followed close on the heels of the Asian-influenced Tank Chinoise. The Chinoise, released amidst a mania for jewelry inspired by the Orient, has a square rather than rectangular case and lugs that resemble the portico of a Chinese pagoda.

From its debut, the Tank would see many variations, each in keeping with Louis Cartier’s taste for clean lines and perfect symmetry. Each variant — from the original Tank to the Tank Louis to the Cintrée with its flirtatious, curvaceous lines — has its passionate devotees. Rudolph Valentino, that sensual star of the silver screen, insisted on wearing his Tank onscreen in The Son of the Sheik, and Clark Gable, Andy Warhol, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were among those who sported a one throughout the years.

Other model lines, including the Santos (based upon the original model crafted for Alberto Santos-Dumont) and the Pasha, have developed devoted followers. Indeed, the maison is unique as one of the few jewelry brands to elicit as much passion from collectors as dedicated watch companies.

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Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

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Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Cartier Santos Small

Cartier Santos Small

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Regular price
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Cartier Santos Small

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