Frequently Asked Question
The most common questions about Cartier Santos Galbée
What is a Cartier Santos Galbee?The Santos Galbée was the first real design refresh, in 1987. And it was here that Cartier achieved perfection. The straight lines of the original became wrist-hugging curves, whether the crystal, the links or the case back (if you chose quartz, that is –but this was the 1980s so of course you did).Jan 2, 2021
Is Cartier Santos discontinued?Cartier Santos 2018. ... Somehow the Cartier Santos disappeared a bit from the stage, the watches were relatively small (although Cartier did introduce the Santos 100 in in 2004) and in 2016 the collection was completely discontinued.Feb 14, 2018
Is the Cartier Santos worth buying?In summary: this is an excellent and historically significant watch that comes from a well-respected watchmaker. It has some up-to-date features and runs on a self-winding movement. It's also available at a price point that makes it more attainable than many other luxury watches from similar brands.
Does Cartier Santos hold its value?Whether you're a fan of the Tank, the racing-induced Drive de Cartier or the pilot inspired Santos watch, Cartier watches will always hold their value since each one is a prime example of the brand's expert craftsmanship and horological know-how.
What movement does Cartier Santos use?Inside the Cartier Santos is the in-house automatic calibre 1847-MC movement. Operating at 4hz, it offers a 42-hour power reserve and is equipped with 23 jewels.
What is Cartier Santos made of?Cartier made the case and bracelet out of stainless steel, a true change in course for the maison that had only worked with precious metals before this time. Cartier also added 18k gold to the case and bracelet to give the watch a touch of luxury.Jan 31, 2019
When did the Cartier Santos come out?The Cartier Santos was officially named and launched in 1911 with a similar style as the 1904 creation. The Cartier Santos changed in style throughout the years, including the Cartier Santos produced with a gold and steel bracelet in 1978.Apr 25, 2019
Who designed the Cartier Santos?Cartier first developed the Santos (in an edition of one) for Alberto Santos-Dumont, a dapper Brazilian socialite and daredevil who in 1901 was the first to fly around the Eiffel Tower in a dirigible he had built himself.Jul 3, 2020
Why is it called a tank watch?The Tank's name and design pays homage to the Renault FT-17, a French tank used during the first World War. The watch somehow manages to be both rectangular and square, borrowing lines from its namesake. ... In 1919 the first Tank's debuted to the public market.