Cartier Santos Galbee LM from 2001 full set
Model: Santos Galbee LM ref. 2319
Dial: Silver guilloche dial with roman numerals
Case Dimensions: 28mm x 41mm
Crystal: sapphire crystal
Movement: Cartier Automatic movement, running at +6.8 sec/day
Service history: March 2021
Box/Papers: Full set - original inner and outer box, certificate of guarantee, and user manual.
The Santos dates back to 1904 when Louis Cartier was asked by his Brazilian aviator friend, Alberto Santos Dumont, to design a watch that he could wear during his flights. In a way, the Santos Dumont was therefore the world's first pilots watch. Fast forward to the 1970's and amidst the quartz crisis Cartier released the Santos watch model. The Santos was born in 1978 as a a result of Cartier’s decision to try to appeal to a younger crowd who leaned towards sportier watches. In order to give the new Santos a more modern look, Cartier gave the watch an integrated bracelet instead of a traditional leather strap. Cartier made the bracelet in stainless steel, a true change in course for the maison that had only worked with precious metal in the past. In 1987, Cartier further made updates to the Santos and launched the Santos Galbee. The Santos Galbee had a slightly more curved case along with a new bracelet which gave it a more streamlined look than its predecessor. All in all, the Santos is undoubtedly an icon and arguably the most famous Cartier timepiece in its history.
Overall, this Santos Galbee sized in LM is in near mint condition. The case has very few visible scratches and and is unpolished, retaining its original bevels. The original silver guilloche dial is in clean condition with no blemishes or discoloration. The blue steeled hands as well as the crown guards and blue sapphire cabochon is in excellent shape. The automatic movement has been serviced this year in March 2021 and is currently running at +6.8 sec/day. The watch, dated sold on October 2001, comes as a full set with its outer/inner box, Cartier guarantee and instruction manual included.
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