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Cartier Santos Galbee Ref. 1566

The Cartier Santos originates from the Cartier Santos-Dumont, initially designed for Alberto Santos Dumont. Interestingly, it was conceived by a notable figure in the watch industry named Alain-Dominique Perrin, who served as Cartier’s CEO from 1975 to 1998. Under Alain-Dominique Perrin’s guidance, Cartier introduced this santos in 1978.

Fast forward to 1987, the Santos underwent a comprehensive makeover, underwent a name change, and was relaunched as the Santos Galbée. The case shed its rough edges, adopting more curved and rounded lugs, enhancing its ergonomic fit on the wrist compared to its predecessor. The watch maintains its vintage charm in a used yet well-maintained condition. The beigedial,  blue hands a blue stone on the crown, creates a visually pleasing ensemble.

 

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Details
Brand Cartier
Movement Quartz
Model Santos Galbee
Diameter 29 x 40 mm
Reference 1566
Bracelet/strap: Steel/gold
Year of production (circa) 2004
Set Content Watch only
Material Gold / steel
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Crystal Sapphire
Dial color Beige
Backstory

Amsterdam Pocket Watch Company. Or Amsterdam Women’s-only Watch Company. Two alternate realities that could have been, if it weren’t for Louis Cartier. Many of our brands can lay claim on important horological innovations, but Cartier is the one that started the wristwatch game for men with the Santos.

The Brazilian dandy Alberto Santos Dumont inquired with his friend Louis Cartier about a better solution for telling time while flying. His pocket watch was rather cumbersome in flight. Louis Cartier designed a flat, square watch for him in 1904: the Cartier Santos.

While, for a long time, watches were used for navigation, this was not yet the case for dear old Santos. His flight, the first to ever be caught on film, lasted for only 21 seconds. Not a lot of navigation required there! He was wearing the world’s first men’s wristwatch though.

The Santos went into large-scale production in 1911, fitted with a Jaeger caliber inside. The cases came in platinum or gold and the Santos came on the very first ever folding clasp, fitted to brown or black leather straps.

The 1970’s Quartz crisis and Audemars Piguet’s brilliant answer in the Royal Oak, triggered Cartier to morph the Santos into a modern sports watch. A steel version on an integrated steel bracelet was introduced in 1978, the Santos de Cartier. A more rounded, quartz powered Santos Galbée was launched in 1987. Multiple variations on the theme were launched since. If it is the classical look you are after, the Santos Dumont remains most faithful to the very first Santos from 1904.

While the Santos debuted as the tool-watch for men. It has aged into a classical, more dressy watch for men and women alike. As we are slowly but surely moving away from gender-specific watches, the Santos is a prime example of a watch for everyone. A design classic with a story that will surely captivate your audience, next time you have drinks with friends.

Shipping

At AWCo we put the safety of our shipments upfront at all times. Therefore, we ship all our packages insured.

We strive to promptly handle packages to minimize delays. Delivery times begin from the day of dispatch. While we make every effort to ensure smooth delivery, we cannot be held responsible for delays caused by destination customs, local duties, taxes, or lost items during transit.

Certainly, we understand that overloaded mail-order companies can also contribute to potential delays in the delivery process. Despite our best efforts, external factors beyond our control may affect shipping times. Rest assured, we remain committed to providing timely service and will work diligently to ensure your order reaches you as promptly as possible. For any inquiries or updates, feel free to reach out to us at info@awco.nl. Your satisfaction is our priority.

Brand

Cartier

Model

Reference

1566

Year of production (circa)

2004

Material

Gold / steel

Crystal

Sapphire

Dial color

Beige

Movement

Quartz

Diameter

29 x 40 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Steel/gold

Set Content

Watch only