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Cartier Stainless Steel White Dial Santos Automatic Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 2000 Cartier Santos Wrist Watch, 33 MM water resistant case, Scratch resistant crystal, automatic, self winding movement with calendar window at the 3 position, sweep hand, Whi...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Cartier Santos Gold Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
18k gold Santos de Cartier watch, with quartz movement. Case is 27mm in diameter , full size band with gold deployment buckle.
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Gold

Cartier Santos Galbee 2423
By Cartier
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5135 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Santos Galbee Model Ref: 2423 Age: Gender: Ladies Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: Silver Roman Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movement: ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee 2423
By Cartier
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5148 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Santos Galbee Model Ref: 2423 Age: Gender: Ladies Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: Silver Roman Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movement: ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Unworn Cartier Santos De Cartier WGSA0019
By Cartier
Located in Greenwich, CT
Pre- owned Unworn condition Cartier Santos de Cartier Large model, 39mm pink gold, automatic movement, caliber 1847 MC, a seven sided 18 karat pink gold crown set with a faceted sapp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Rose Gold

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Cartier Santos Galbee W20056D6
By Cartier
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W4897 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Santos Galbee Model Ref: 1565 or W20056D6 Age: Gender: Ladies Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: White Roman Glass: Sapphire Crysta...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos 100 Chronograph 2740
By Cartier
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5201 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Santos 100 Model Ref: 2740 Age: Gender: Mens Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: White Roman Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movement: Autom...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee W20056D6
By Cartier
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W4898 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Santos Galbee Model Ref: 1565 or W20056D6 Age: Gender: Ladies Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: White Roman Glass: Sapphire Crysta...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee W20041C4
By Cartier
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W4963 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Santos Galbee Model Ref: W20041C4 Age: Gender: Ladies Complete With: Xupes Presentation Pouch Dial: White Roman Glass: Sapphire Crystal Move...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee W20055D6
By Cartier
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W4738 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Santos Galbee Model Ref: 2423 or W20055D6 Age: Gender: Mens Complete With: Box Only Dial: White Roman Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movement: Auto...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee W20056D6
By Cartier
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W4765 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Santos Galbee Model Ref: 1565 or W20056D6 Age: Gender: Ladies Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: White Roman Glass: Sapphire Crysta...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos 1002878, Certified and Warranty
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos 100 Reference #:2878. Cartier Santos 1002878 W2020007 Ceramic 18k Rose Gold Automatic Watch 33mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Watc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos de Cartier 1561 1, Silver Dial, Certified
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos de Cartier Reference #:1561 1. This Watch Is iN Great Condition For A Previously Enjoyed Timepiece. Please Refer To The Pictures iN Determining The Condition, Pictures...
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos de Cartier W2008751, Black Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos de Cartier Reference #:W2008751. This Santos Dumont Is iN Stunning Condition For A Watch That Has Been Previously Worn. There Are No Signs Of Cosmetic Damage On The Ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santo 100 Stainless Steel 2656
By Cartier
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007557 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Santos Model Variant: 100 Model Number: 2656 or W20073X8 Age: 24-02-2011 Gender: Men Complete With: Cartier Box, Manuals & Guara...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Cartier Santos Steel and Gold Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Firenze, IT
Fine stainless steel and gold square self-winding wristwatch with white dial and date. Model Santos Case No.296119703.Material Yellow Gold and Steel Bracelet Yellow Gold and Steel Bu...
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel, Gold

Cartier Santos De Cartier Stainless Steel WSSA0009
By Cartier
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5426 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Santos De Cartier Model Ref: WSSA0009 Age: 31st August 2018 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manuals & Guarantee Dial: White Roman Glass: Sap...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Cartier Santos 100 Stainless Steel 2858
By Cartier
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Reference: W5246 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Santos 100 Model Reference: 2858 Age: 30th August 2008 Gender: Men's Box and Papers: Xupes Presentation Pouch and Guarantee Dial: White ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Cartier Santos de Cartier WSSA0010, Millimeters Silver Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos de Cartier Reference #:WSSA0010. Cartier Santos Automatic Self Wind WSSA0010 Womens WATCH. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos 1910, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos Reference #:1910. Cartier Santos in 18k & stainless steel. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. Ref 1910. Circa 1980's. Fine Pre-owned Cartier Watch. Certified preowned Cla...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee Small Ladies Watch 1565
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Santos Galbee Small Ladies Watch 1565 - Quartz. Stainless steel case (24mm x 35mm). Ivory dial with blue Roman numerals. Stainless steel Santos bracelet; will fit a 6 3/4 inc...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Cartier Santos de Cartier 3942, Silver Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos de Cartier Reference #:__MISSING__. Cartier Santos Automatic ladies watch. Stainless Steel and 18k Watch. Automatic self­winding movement. Square case in stainless st...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee2640, Dial Certified Authentic
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos Galbee Reference #:187901. Cartier Santos Galbee 187901 Mens Quartz Watch 18k Two Tone W/Papers 29mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Cartier Santos de Cartier 4620, Silver Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos de Cartier Reference #:__MISSING__. Stainless steel case with a stainless steel bracelet. Fixed stainless steel screw bezel. Silvered opaline dial with luminous sword-...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic, Cartier Santos de Cartier 3528, White Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos de Cartier Reference #:__MISSING__. Stainless steel case with a stainless steel link / screw bracelet. Fixed polished stainless steel screw bezel. White dial with blue...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Cartier Santos de Cartier 3900, Silver Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos de Cartier Reference #:119901. Stainless steel case and bracelet. Fixed, screwed 18K yellow gold bezel. Ivory / Cream dial with blue tone hands and Roman numeral hour ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos 1006840, Blue Dial Certified Authentic
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos 100 Reference #:2878. Cartier Santos 1002878 W2020007 Ceramic 18k Rose Gold Automatic Watch 33mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Watc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee Steel Large Quartz Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 2010 Cartier Santos Galbee, 40 X 29 M.M. Stainless Steel 3 Piece Water resistant case. Quartz Movement, White Dial, Blue Roman Numerals, sweep seconds hand and a Calendar wind...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Steel

Certified Authentic Cartier Santos de Cartier 4620, White Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos de Cartier Reference #:__MISSING__. Stainless steel case with a stainless steel bracelet. Fixed stainless steel bezel. Silvered opaline dial with blue hands and black ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee 2823, Certified and Warranty
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos Galbee Reference #:2823. Pre-Owned Cartier Santos Galbee XL, Reference: 2823, Year: 2000. 32mm Steel Case, Steel Bezel, Black Dial, Steel Solid Bracelet with Deployme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified 2005 Cartier Santos N.A Grey Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos de Cartier Reference #:0. . Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Cartier Santos 1005292, Silver Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos 100 Reference #:W20126X8. Cartier Santos 100 in stainless steel on white leather strap. Auto w/ sweep seconds. With box. Ref 2878. Circa 2000s. Fine Pre-owned Cartier ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Cartier Santos 1009828, Gold Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos 100 Reference #:W20091X7. Cartier Santos 100 Chronograph XL in stainless steel & 18k on original leather strap with Cartier deployant buckle. Auto w/ subseconds date a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Cartier Santos 1007320, White Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos 100 Reference #:W200737G. Stainless steel case with stainless steel bracelet. Fixed stainless steel screwed bezel. White dial with blue luminescent hands and Roman num...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Cartier Santos 1006180, Silver Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos 100 Reference #:W2020007. PVD stainless steel case with a leather strap. Fixed, screwed rose gold bezel. Black dial with rose gold tone luminescent hands and Roman num...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic, Cartier Santos 1007140, White Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos 100 Reference #:W20090X8. Cartier Santos 100 in stainless steel on an alligator on leather strap. Auto w/ subseconds, date and chronograph. Ref W20090x8. Fine Pre-owne...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Cartier Santos 10015360, Pink Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos 100 Reference #:W20108Y1. 18k rose gold case set with orange leather strap. White dial with black hands and Roman numeral hour markers. Dial Type: Analog. Automatic mo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Cartier Santos 1007500, Black Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos 100 Reference #:W2020009. Stainless steel black PVD case with a black leather strap. Fixed 18k rose gold bezel. Black dial with rose tone hands and Roman numeral hour ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Cartier Santos 1005040, White Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos 100 Reference #:540867RX. Stainless steel case with a pink leather strap. Fixed stainless steel bezel. Silver dial with sword-shaped black hands and Roman numeral hour...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Cartier Santos 1007056, Blue Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos 100 Reference #:W20072X7. 18k Yellow Gold and Stainless steel case with brown alligator strap. Fixed 18k yellow gold screwed bezel. White dial with blue luminescent ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos de Cartier W2008751, Silver Dial, Certified
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos de Cartier Reference #:W2008751. This Santos Dumont Is iN Stunning Condition For A Watch That Has Been Previously Worn. There Are No Signs Of Cosmetic Damage On The Ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee Two-Tone Watch 1567
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
CARTIER SANTOS GALBEE TWO TONE WATCH 1567 Condition: Mint Material: 18k Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel Case size: 24mm Movement: Quartz Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire Dial: White...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Demoiselle Gold Watch Certified Preowned
By Cartier
Located in Feasterville, PA
A must have classic Cartier watch showcasing an 18k yellow gold case and bracelet measures 20x20mm. The watch comes complete with the Cartier box and has been serviced and polished. ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Gold

Cartier Santos de Cartier 7809, Gold Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos de Cartier Reference #:7809. Cartier Santos Vintage 7809 Women Watch Hand Wind 18K White Spider Dial 20mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offere...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos 18 Karat Rose Gold 2879
By Cartier
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Reference: W5248 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Santos Model Reference: 2879 Age: Circa 2010's Gender: Unisex Box and Papers: Box Only Dial: White Roman Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movemen...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Rose Gold

Cartier Santos 100 XL 2656 Textile Strap
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Brand: Cartier Collection: Santos Reference: 2656 Movement: Automatic Self Winding Case Material: Stainless Steel Case Size: 38mm Dial Color: Off white Hour Markers: Roman N...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified 2005 Cartier Santos 2423 Silver Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Unknown Reference #:0. . Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos de Cartier 7809, Gold Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos de Cartier Reference #: 7809. Womens Mechanical Hand Wind Watch Rose Gold Gold 20 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Cartier Santos Galbee 4140, Missing Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos Galbee Reference #:W20056D6. Ladies Cartier Santos Galbee in stainless steel. Quartz. Ref W20056D6. Fine Pre-owned Cartier Watch. Certified preowned Sport Cartier Sant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee W20056D6, Certified and Warranty
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos Galbee Reference #:W20056D6. Ladies Cartier Santos Galbee in stainless steel. Quartz. Ref W20056D6. Fine Pre-owned Cartier Watch. Certified preowned Sport Cartier Sant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Dumont W2008751; Certified and Warranty
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos Dumont Reference #:W2008751. Cartier Santos Dumont in 18k yellow gold on a brown alligator strap with deployant buckle. Manual. With Cartier box. Ref W2008751. Circa 2...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic, Cartier Santos Dumont 12960, Silver Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos Dumont Reference #:W2008751. Cartier Santos Dumont in 18k yellow gold on a brown alligator strap with deployant buckle. Manual. Ref W2008751. Circa 2000s. Fine Pre-own...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Cartier Santos Dumont 12600, Gold Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos Dumont Reference #:W2007051. Cartier Santos Dumont in 18k white gold on original red alligator strap with 18k white gold Cartier deployant buckle. Manual. Ref W2007051...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Dumont W2007051, Certified and Warranty
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos Dumont Reference #:W2007051. Cartier Santos Dumont in 18k white gold on original red alligator strap with 18k white gold Cartier deployant buckle. Manual. Ref W2007051...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee8700, Black Dial Certified Authentic
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos Galbee Reference #:887901. Cartier Santos 887901 Unisex Quartz Watch 18K Yellow Gold Gray Dial 29mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by W...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee2640, White Dial Certified Authentic
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos Galbee Reference #:W20011C4. Cartier Santos Galbee 1566 W20011C4 Mens Quartz Watch Two Tone SS 29mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by W...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Demoiselle3180, Silver Dial Certified Authentic
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos Demoiselle Reference #:W25066Z6. Cartier Santos Demoiselle 2698 W25066Z6 Women's Quartz Watch 18k Two Tone 20mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Cartier Santos de Cartier 15000, 28.5 Black Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos de Cartier Reference #:99696. 18k yellow gold case set with 18k yellow gold bracelet. Fixed 18k yellow gold bezel. White dial with blue-toned hands and Roman numeral h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Demoiselle W25066Z6, Certified and Warranty
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos Demoiselle Reference #:W25066Z6. Cartier Santos Demoiselle 2698 W25066Z6 Womens Quartz Watch Two Tone 20mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offer...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Demoiselle13200, Blue Dial Certified Authentic
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Santos Demoiselle Reference #:W25062X9. Cartier Santos Demoiselle 2702 W25062X9 Unisex Quartz Watch 18K Solid Gold 26mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Cartier Santos For Sale on 1stDibs

Browse a vast assortment of cartier santos for sale on 1stDibs. Frequently made of Stainless Steel, Gold and 18k Gold, these items were constructed with great care. Our selection of items includes 33 vintage examples as well as 62 contemporary versions. Our inventory has long been popular, and it includes earlier versions that date to the 20th Century and newer variations that were made as recently as the 21st Century. Pieces in our collection of cartier santos made by Contemporary jewelers — as well as those associated with Modern — are very popular. While most can agree that any pick from our collection easily elevates most outfits, but the choice of Diamond versions from the 6 available is guaranteed to add a special touch to your ensemble. There are many round cut, baguette cut and brilliant cut cartier santos for sale. Most of our cartier santos for sale are for men, but there are 46 pieces available to browse for women.

How Much are Cartier Santos?

On average, cartier santos at 1stDibs sell for $4,967, while they’re typically $2,150 on the low end and $37,500 for the highest priced versions of this item.

Cartier Biography and Important Works

Perhaps 1847 was not the ideal time to open a new watchmaking and jewelry business, as the French Revolution was not kind to the aristocracy who could afford such luxuries. Nevertheless, it was the year Louis-François Cartier (1819–1904) — who was born into poverty — founded his eponymous empire, assuming control of the workshop of watchmaker Adolphe Picard, under whom he had previously been employed as an assistant. Of course, in the beginning, it was a relatively modest affair, but by the late 1850s, Cartier had its first royal client, Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, niece of Napoleon Bonaparte, who commissioned the jeweler to design brooches, earrings and other accessories.

Under the leadership of Louis-François’s son, Alfred, who took over in 1874, business boomed. Royalty around the world wore Cartier pieces, including Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the Maharaja of Patiala and King Edward VII, who had 27 tiaras made by the jewelry house for his coronation in 1902 and issued Cartier a royal warrant in 1904. (Today, the British royal family still dons Cartier pieces; Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, regularly sports a Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch.)

Cartier’s golden years, however, began when Alfred introduced his three sons, Louis, Pierre and Jacques, to the business. The brothers expanded Cartier globally: Louis reigned in Paris, Pierre in New York and Jacques in London, ensuring their brand’s consistency at their branches across the world. The trio also brought in such talents as Charles Jacqueau and Jeanne Toussaint.

One of Cartier’s earliest major successes was the Santos de Cartier watch — one of the world's first modern wristwatches for men. (Previously, a large number of people were using only pocket watches.) Louis designed the timepiece in 1904 for his friend, popular Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, who wanted to be able to check the time more easily while flying.

Cartier’s other famous timepieces include the Tank watch, which was inspired by the linear form of military tanks during World War I, and the so-called mystery clocks. Invented by watchmaker and magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin and later crafted exclusively for Cartier in the house’s workshop by watchmaker Maurice Couët, the mystery clocks were so named because the integration of glass dials on which the clocks’ hands would seemingly float as well as structures that are hidden away within the base give the illusion that they operate without machinery.

On the jewelry side of the business, Cartier’s internationally renowned offerings include the Tutti Frutti collection, which featured colorful carved gemstones inspired by Jacques’s trip to India and grew in popularity during the Art Deco years; the panthère motif, which has been incorporated into everything from brooches to rings; and the Love bracelet, a minimal, modernist locking bangle reportedly inspired by medieval chastity belts.

While the Cartier family sold the business following the death of Pierre in 1964, the brand continues to innovate today, renewing old hits and creating new masterpieces. It’s certainly one of the most well known and internationally beloved jewelers in the world among clients both existing and aspirational.

On 1stDibs, find a growing collection of contemporary and vintage Cartier watches, rings, necklaces and other accessories.

Finding the Right Watches for You

Records show that, in Europe, by the 16th century, it was high time for portable clock devices. While wall-mounted time tellers and grandfather clocks were much more convenient than the sundials of ancient history, watches were becoming crucial for an increasingly connected society whose members learned that the latest advancements in technology meant they could carry devices that kept time to within a minute a day. Tragically, the first pocket watches — albeit an improvement on the accessories that preceded them, which dangled from a chain worn around the neck — didn’t help much as far as accuracy or portability. Focused on style over substance, the upper class frequently carried lavish pieces that ran hours behind. 

Modern-day timepieces are fashionable and functional. Watches have also migrated from owners’ pockets to their wrists. In the early days of watchmaking, watches were fragile enough that they necessitated protection from the elements. Now, watches made of gold and steel can withstand the harshest climates — even 100 meters underwater, in the case of Rolex’s Submariner

Indeed, although exceedingly practical, the watches of today are far from bland. Bulgari’s iconic Serpenti watch was on everyone’s list after the collection’s bold bracelet, which technically debuted after the timepiece, graced the wrist of actress Elizabeth Taylor. If anything, elaborately crafted timepieces — the unmistakably boxy silhouette of Cartier Tank watches, the elegant and minimal Calatrava designed by legendary Swiss house Patek Philippe — are even more effective than the shape we associate with traditional watches. You’ll always know what time it is because you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from your new accessory. 

Form watches — the all-encompassing moniker bestowed upon non-round watches — are making headlines and completing fashionable ensembles the world over. At the same time, many are drawn to the unbeatable charm of vintage styles, such as the icons designed by Omega that even James Bond can’t resist. 

When shopping for a watch, it’s good to keep your needs as well as your specific personal style in mind: A smaller, subtle timepiece is a good fit for small wrists. When will you be wearing your new accessory? There’s a versatile model out there for everyday wear, while a rugged, feature-heavy watch is a safe bet if you’re prone to embarking on all-weather activities in the great outdoors. 

Find exactly what you’re looking for in an unparalleled collection of antique, new and vintage watches on 1stDibs — we promise it will be worth your time.

Questions About Cartier Santos
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