Buy Cartier Santos

In 1904, Louis Cartier, grandson of the founder of the House of Cartier, Louis-Francois Cartier, made history with the world’s first pilot watch.

Cartier

Santos

WSSA0018

New | 2019
$7,090

Cartier

Santos

2880

Very good | 2006
$14,350

Cartier

Santos

2656

Very good
$4,260

Cartier

Santos

187903

Very good
$1,270

Cartier

Santos

2792

Very good | 2007
$15,510

Cartier

Santos

187902

Very good
$1,660

Cartier

Santos

W20126X8

New | 2017
$5,590

Cartier

Santos

187901

Good
$2,050

Cartier

Santos

W20106X8

Very good | 2007
$4,650

Cartier

Santos

2878

Good | 2007
$3,900

Cartier

Santos

W20098D6

Very good | 2008
$4,430

Cartier

Santos

2740

Very good | 2012
$17,790

Cartier

Santos

2656

Very good
$5,040

Cartier

Santos

2740

Very good | 2007
$5,480

Cartier

Santos

2656

Very good
$3,100

Cartier

Santos

1057930

Very good
$2,160

Cartier

Santos

2656

Good
$4,370

Cartier

Santos

187901

Very good
$2,100

Cartier

Santos

2656

Very good
$4,590

Cartier

Santos

2319

Good

Last sale price: $2,540

Cartier Santos – The First Pilot Watch

The Santos timepiece quickly took off and has remained as one of the brand’s flagship watch collections.

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Cartier Santos – The First Pilot Watch

In 1904, Louis Cartier, grandson of the founder of the House of Cartier, Louis-Francois Cartier, made history with the world’s first pilot watch. A friend of Louis, the Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, had mentioned to him that it was very unpractical to use a pocket watch while piloting an airplane. As a solution, Louis developed a wristwatch with a square bezel that could be comfortably worn on Alberto’s wrist via a leather strap. And with that, one of the world’s first wristwatches was born. Louis went on to make an agreement with Edmond Jaeger to mass-produce movements for the watch and the Cartier Santos was presented to the public for sale in 1911. The Santos timepiece quickly took off and has remained as one of the brand’s flagship watch collections. 

Cartier Santos Editions

For over a century, Cartier had developed a number of Santos watches for both men and women. Many of these editions maintained most of the design elements of the original Santos, such as, the curved square shape, exposed screws, blue hands, and Roman numerals, yet reinterpreted the watch in several styles to keep up with current trends. An extremely popular edition of the Santos was the Cartier Santos 1978 crafted for the first time in a combination of steel and gold, thereby making the collection more affordable for a larger audience. The Cartier Santos 100  was introduced in 2004 on the legendary watch’s 100th anniversary sporting larger cases in response to the prevailing trends. The Santos Demoiselle, named after a series of aircrafts built by Alberto, is the smaller sized Santos timepiece made exclusively for ladies and is oftentimes adorned with diamonds.  

Movements for the Cartier Santos Watch

Depending on the specific models, the Cartier Santos watches are equipped with both quartz and mechanical movements. The Cartier Santos-Dumont line is powered by manual wound mechanical movements, such as the 9611 MC caliber found in the Santos-Dumont Skeleton. In 2016, Cartier re-launched the Santos 100 Carbon with the in-house 1847 MC automatic caliber, underlining Cartier’s commitment to developing more in-house calibers for their timepieces.  

Buying Pre-Owned Cartier Santos Watches

Not only a legend in the House of Cartier, but also to the watch world at large, the pioneering Santos watch is a little piece of history. A myriad of styles of used Cartier Santos luxury watches, from pre-owned Santos  100 to secondhand Santos-Dumont to used diamond Santos Demoiselle, can be had for lower prices in the secondary market.