200. An 18 carat gold and steel Cartier Santos lady’s wristwatch

An 18 carat gold and steel Cartier Santos lady’s wristwatch
20th Century
Case: stainless steel and 18 carat gold, 29 mm diameter
Bracelet: stainless steel and 18 carat gold
Dial: white with sapphire glass
Functions: Date

Case number: 296131619
Movement: Quartz
Caliber: ETA 2671
Gross weight approx. 87.6 g
Movement not tested
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, people were strapping pocket watches to their wrists or fitting old movements into modified cases with straps, but the Santos was, from idea to initial execution, exclusively a wristwatch. Upon request, Louis Cartier made a special watch for his friend Alberto Santos-Dumont in 1904. As an inventor and aviator, Alberto needed a timekeeper he could check without taking his hands off the controls of his early aircraft. Alberto’s celebrity status made the men’s wristwatch a fashion icon overnight, and wrote the Cartier Santos into the history books. Most recently, there was the Santos 100 collection. Launched in 2004 to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Louis Cartier making a wristwatch for his pioneering friend.
* Condition report available upon request

€ 600 - 800
€ 1.500