1970s Cartier Paris Santos-Dumont (Ref. 78097) 18K YG

The Cartier name is synonymous with luxury and has been since the brand's inception in 1847. Offering bespoke and unique jewelry to the world’s elite allowed Cartier to steadily grow through the 19th century and eventually introduced new offerings to their clientele.

Cartier’s first timepiece was actually the world's first men's wristwatch and aviation watch that was introduced in 1904, only a year after the Wright Brothers' famous first flight in 1903. The inspiration for this timepiece came from Louis-Francois Cartier’s close friend Alberto Santos-Dumont, an early Brazilian pioneer in aviation, after becoming frustrated using a pocket watch to time his flights, which during this time were under a minute. The Santos-Dumont hit Cartier's showrooms in 1911 with a Jaeger-LeCoultre movement and introduced the rest of the world to the iconic Art Deco design that today, remains only slightly changed. 

Stock # CTRPSD78097
Brand Cartier Paris
Style Santos-Dumont
Model 78097
Serial 2XXX
Size Men's / Unisex
Material 18K Yellow Gold
Dial White Roman "Paris"
Millimeters 25X36
Bracelet 2pc Leather Strap


The impressive 18K yellow gold case retains strong finishing, dimensions, and geometry with only gentle signs of previous polishing and nominal wear. The case retains its original faceted sapphire crown. The case back retains all of its factory engravings and hallmarks in deep and crisp condition. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.


The original white Roman numeral "Paris" dial features a beautiful vintage aesthetic with some light aging that warms the dial color. The dial does exhibit spidering throughout the top lacquer of the dial, which is extremely common with original Cartier dials of this era. The original blued hands are in excellent condition.


None. That watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.