1970s Cartier Santos-Dumont Paris 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 aviation watch and 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.
|Material||18K Yellow Gold|
|Bracelet||Cartier Black Alligator Strap W/ Gold Plaque Cartier Buckle|
The 18K yellow gold case has been gently polished in the past and retains strong dimensions throughout and deep hallmarks and case back engravings. The case retains its original large sapphire cabochon crown that exhibits some mild signs of use. The watch comes on a lightly worn 2pc black alligator Cartier strap with a gold plaque Cartier buckle.
The original white enamel Cartier "Paris" signed dial is in excellently preserved vintage condition, showing subtle age with light spidering to the top lacquer that is commonly seen in Cartier dials in this era. The original blue steel hands are bright in color and show subtle oxidation that is only visible under loupe.
None. That watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.