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Cartier Stainless Steel Santos Galbe Quartz Wristwatch Ref 1564, circa 1999
By Cartier
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Exceptional condition man's Cartier Santos Galbe in stainless steel, circa 1999. Featuring a 29 x 41mm ergonomically curved back case, with curved sapphire crystal and curved links ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

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

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier 18 Karat White and Yellow Gold Santos Watch Charm
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Fine and rare 18k two-tone gold watch charm in the likeness of the Santos model, by Cartier. Hallmarks: Cartier, 750, reference numbers, 42/70, French 18K gold assay mark.
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Late 20th Century More Jewelry

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18k Gold

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

Materials

Gold

Cartier Santos 2823 Men's Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Santos 2823 Men's Watch. 32mm stainless steel case and stainless steel bezel. White dial with blue steel hands Black Roman numeral hour markers. Minute markers around an inn...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Stainless Steel Santos 100
By Cartier
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Movement: automatic Function: hours, minutes, seconds, date Case: 41mm stainless steel rectangle case, push-pull crown, sapphire crystal, Dial: silver roman dial, steel sword sweepi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Santos de Cartier Black Watch WSSA0039
By Cartier
Located in Southampton, PA
This stealthy black stunner will effortlessly give your looks an edgy finish. The Cartier Santos Black Automatic Watch WSSA0039 features a 40mm-wide square case in diamond-like carbo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Watch Santos De Cartier Model WSSA0030
By Cartier
Located in Aventura, FL
This watch is 100% Unworn and comes with the Original Box and Papers. We currently have one piece in stock at the time of this listing so please confirm availability before ordering ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Santos Demoiselle 18K Solid Gold
By Cartier
Located in Bradford, Ontario
Cartier Santos Demoiselle 18K DIA Serial Number: 294630CE Case: 26 mm Lug: 38 mm Band: 20 cm Width: 15 mm Movement: Quartz Case Material: Yellow Gold Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Gold

Ladies Cartier Santos Stainless Steel 1565
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Ladies Cartier Santos 1565. 24mm stainless steel case with a stainless steel bezel. White dial with sapphire blue hands and blue Roman numeral markers. Stainless steel band with a fo...
Category

Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel, Steel

Cartier Santos de Cartier Medium Rose Gold Watch WGSA0031
By Cartier
Located in Southampton, PA
This Cartier Santos watch, reference number WGSA0031, features an 18K rose gold case that measures 35.1 mm wide. The case is presented on a matching 18K rose gold bracelet with a dep...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold

Cartier Santos de Cartier White Gold Necklace and Bracelet with Cartier Charms
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Authentic Santos de Cartier necklace and bracelet crafted in 18 karat white gold. The two chains can be joined together as a long necklace or worn separately. Five Cartier charms...
Category

Early 2000s Pendant Necklaces

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Santos Galbee Two Tone Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Santos Galbee Two Tone Ladies Watch. 30mm stainless steel case. 18k yellow gold fixed bezel. White dial with blue hands and black Roman numeral hour marker. Date display at ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos 2823 Stainless steel Men's Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Santos 2823 Men's Watch. 32mm stainless steel case and stainless steel bezel. White dial with blue steel hands Black Roman numeral hour markers. Minute markers around an inne...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Santos Galbee 2823 Automatic Men's Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Santos Galbee 2823 men's watch. 32mm stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold bezel. White dial with blue hands and black Roman numeral markers. Date display between 4 & 5 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee Two Tone Men's Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Santos Galbee Two Tone Mens Watch. 30mm stainless steel case. 18k yellow gold fixed bezel. White dial with blue hands and black Roman numeral hour marker. Date display at th...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos 2823 Stainless Steel Men's Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Santos 2823 Men's Watch. 32mm stainless steel case and stainless steel bezel. White dial with blue steel hands and Black Roman numeral hour markers. Minute markers around an...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Santos Large Mode lWatch WSSA0030
By Cartier
Located in Southampton, PA
The Cartier Santos Watch, reference number WSSA0030, is the most sophisticated accessory you’ll ever own. This impeccable watch includes a bracelet, bezel, and 39.8 mm x 47.5 mm ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Santos De Cartier Fully Iced Out Stainless Steel Watch
By Cartier
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Cartier Model: Santos De Cartier Case Material: All Diamond stainless steel (Aftermarket) Case Diameter: 40mm Crystal: Scratch resistant sapphire Bezel: All Diamond stainless ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Santos Galbee Two Tone Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Santos Galbee Two Tone Ladies Watch. 29mm stainless steel case. 18k yellow gold fixed bezel. White dial with blue hands and black Roman numeral hour marker. Date display at ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee 2823 Automatic Men's Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Santos Galbee 2823 men's watch. 32mm stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold bezel. White dial with blue hands and black Roman numeral markers. Date display between 4 & 5 o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos-100_2656 Men's XL Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Santos 100 XL 2656 mens watch. 38MM stainless steel square case with stainless steel bezel. White dial with black steel luminous hands and black Roman numeral hour markers. M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos 100 Men Stainless Steel 0 Watch
By Cartier
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002924 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Santos Model Variant: 100 Model Number: 2656 Age: 25-07-2004 Gender: Men Complete With: Cartier Box, Manuals, Guarantee & Ser...
Category

Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

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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

Cartier Santos Tiger's Eye Rose Gold Cufflinks
By Cartier
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Pair of 18k rose gold Santos cufflinks by Cartier, set with tiger's eye. Cufflink top is 17mm x 15mm. Weigh 17.7 grams. Marked: Cartier, 750, NF8157.
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20th Century Cufflinks

Materials

Tiger's Eye, 18k Gold

Cartier Santos De Cartier Large WSSA0018 Diamonds Stainless Steel Watch
By Cartier
Located in Aventura, FL
After Market Diamonds case and bracelet. Cartier caliber 1847 MC automatic movement, containing 23 Jewels, bitting at 28800 vph, and has a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. Sc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Vintage Interchangeable Wood 18K White Gold Santos De Cartier Cufflinks
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
These Santos De Cartier cufflinks by Cartier sets the benchmark for innovation and excellence. Two beautiful wood bars are wonderfully held by 18k white gold. The bars are interchang...
Category

2010s Contemporary Cufflinks

Materials

White Gold

Cartier Santos De Cartier Blue Dial Men's Watch Ref. WSSA0013
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
ITEM SPECIFICATIONS: Brand: Cartier Model Number: Santos Condition: Pre-Owned Excellent Case Material: Stainless Steel Case Size: 40MM Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Authentic Cartier Santos de Cartier 18 Karat White Gold Chain Necklace
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Designer: Cartier Collection: Santos de Cartier Style: Chain Link Necklace Metal: White Gold Metal Purity: 18k Total Item Weight (grams): 62.4 Necklace Length: 21.5 inches Ne...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chain Necklaces

Materials

White Gold

Cartier Santos Octagon 18k Yellow Gold Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Santos 18k Yellow Gold Ladies Watch. 25mm 18k Yellow Gold case. 18K Yellow Gold octagon bezel. Off-White dial with Blue steel hands and black Roman numeral hour markers. Min...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Cartier Santos Moonphase and Date, 18 Karat Gold
By Cartier
Located in Berlin, DE
Cartier Santos Moonphase and Date, 18 Karat Gold. Quartz Movement. Very good original Condition - unpolished. Including certificate of authenticity and new service. Diameter meas...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Santos Yellow Gold Stainless Steel Mens Pendant
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This classic Cartier men's pendant is crafted in 18k yellow gold and stainless steel. Made in France circa 1990s. Measurements: 0.82" (21mm) width, 1.53" (39mm) length. Excellent con...
Category

1990s More Jewelry

Materials

Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Cartier Santos Demoiselle 2698 Two-Row Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Santos Demoiselle 2698 Ladies Watch. 20MM stainless steel case. Off-white dial with blue hands and black roman numeral hour marker. Two-tone, stainless steel & 18K yellow go...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Galbee Small Ladies Watch Roman Numerals 1565
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Santos Galbee Small Ladies Watch Roman Numerals 1565 - Quartz. Stainless steel case (24mm x 35mm). White dial with steel roman numerals. Stainless steel Santos bracelet; will...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos De Moiselle Steel Ladies Quartz Wrist Watch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 2018 Cartier Ladies Santos De Moiselle Wrist Watch, 20 X 20 M.M. Stainless Steel 2 Piece Water resistant case, Quartz Movement, Silvered Dial with Black Roman Numerals, Scratc...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Cartier Santos Galbee 2423 Automatic Stainless Steel Ladies Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Santos Galbee 2423 Ladies Watch. 24MM stainless steel case with bezel. Textured Silver dial with silver luminous hands and Roman numeral hour marker; Arabic minute marker on ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Santos Men's/Ladies Midsize Stainless Steel Automatic Watch
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Santos Men's/Ladies Midsize 33mm Stainless Steel Automatic Watch - Automatic. Stainless steel case (33mm diameter). White dial with black Roman numerals. Stainless steel brac...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Automatic Large Model Steel Watch WSSA0018
By Cartier
Located in Wilmington, DE
Large model, automatic movement, steel, interchangeable metal and leather bracelets Santos watch, large model, mechanical movement with automatic winding, caliber 1847 MC. Steel case...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Cartier Santos Demoiselle Stainless Steel Ladies Watch W25064Z5
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Santos Demoiselle Stainless Steel Ladies Watch W25064Z5. Quartz movement. Stainless steel case 20.0 x 20.0 mm. Octagonal crown set with the blue faceted spinel. . Scratch res...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Santos Vendome Gold Ladies Quartz Bracelet Wrist Watch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1990 Cartier Vendome collection Wrist Watch, 27 M.M. 3 piece water resistant case, Quartz Movement, Sapphire Crown, White Dial with Black Roman Numerals. 1/2 inch wide Santos L...
Category

1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Cartier Santos 18 Karat Gold Stainless Steel Acier Cufflinks
By Cartier
Located in Austin, TX
A pair of Cartier Santos cufflinks crafted in 18 K yellow gold and stainless steel / acier. The cufflinks featuring the classic Santos design, with a yellow gold band and the distinc...
Category

Late 20th Century Contemporary Cufflinks

Materials

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

Rare Cartier Santos Tiger Eye Rose Gold Men's Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This rare Cartier men's ring from the classic Santos collection is crafted in 18k yellow gold and set with square-shaped tiger eye gemstone. Made in France circa 1990s. Measurements:...
Category

Vintage 1980s More Rings

Materials

Tiger's Eye, Yellow Gold

Santos de Cartier Link Bracelet with Two Diamond Charms
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Diamond, Enamel, White Gold Bracelet The Santos de Cartier link bracelet features two charms, accented by full-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 2.25 carats, set...
Category

Late 20th Century Artist Charm Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier 1561 Santos Ronde Stainless Steel White Dial Watch
By Cartier
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Cartier Case Material: Stainless steel Case Diameter: 29mm Bracelet: Stainless steel link bracelet Dial: White dial with roman numeral hour markers. Date is displayed at 3 o' ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier "Santos" 18 Karat White Gold Dumont Diamond Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Finely crafted in 18k white gold and diamonds with back leather straps. Cartier serial number: WH100251 Comes with original box and papers Ladies size
Category

Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Gold

Cartier Santos De Cartier Large Blue Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch WSSA0030
By Cartier
Located in Aventura, FL
Santos watch, large model, mechanical movement with automatic winding, caliber 1847 MC. Steel case, 7-sided crown set with a faceted synthetic spinel, graduated blue dial, steel swor...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Santos MM Ladies Women Watch Wristwatch Gold Steel
By Cartier
Located in Paris, FR
Cartier Santos classic watch. Quartz movement. Bracelet in perfect condition! In very good condition with minor scratches. Will be delivered in a non original pouch.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Sapphire, Steel

Cartier Yellow Gold Santos 100 Automatic Wristwatch Ref 2657
By Cartier
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
Model: Santos 100 Model #2657 Serial #94028LX 18k Yellow Gold Case 37 mm Wide (42 mm w/ Faceted Sapphire Crown) 38 mm Long Lug-to-Lug Distance = 51 mm Thickness = 10 mm White Cartier...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Cartier Santos Ronde Chronograph Yellow Gold Ladies Watch Ref.: 1530
By Cartier
Located in Berlin, DE
Cartier Santos Ronde Chronograph in 18ct. yellow gold with a diamond bezel Reference: 1530 Material: Yellow gold Movement: Quarz Diameter: 30 Dial: White Bracelet: Crocodile leather ...
Category

1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Santos Demoiselle MOP Dial Steel Ladies Watch W25075Z5
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Santos Demoiselle MOP Dial Steel Ladies Watch W25075Z5. Quartz movement. Stainless steel case 20.0 x 20.0 mm. Octagonal crown set with the pink faceted spinel. . Scratch resi...
Category

Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Cartier Santos Galbee XL Automatic Steel Unisex Watch W20098D6
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Santos Galbee XL Automatic Steel Unisex Watch W20098D6. Automatic self-winding movement caliber 049. Three body brushed and polished stainless steel case 32.0 x 32.0 mm. Stai...
Category

Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Cartier Santos Galbee Ladies Automatic Steel Ladies Watch W20044D6
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Santos Galbee Ladies Automatic Steel Ladies Watch W20044D6. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 24.0 x 24.0 mm. Steel octagonal crown set with the faceted s...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Cartier Santos 100 XL Chronograph Stainless Steel Men's Watch 2740
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Santos 100 XL Chronograph Stainless Steel Men's Watch 2740 - Automatic winding chronograph with date. Stainless Steel case with yellow gold bezel (41mm x 55mm). White Chron...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Santos Demoiselle Steel Silver Dial Ladies Watch W25064Z5
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Santos Demoiselle Steel Silver Dial Ladies Watch W25064Z5. Quartz movement. Stainless steel case 20.0 x 20.0 mm. Octagonal crown set with the blue faceted spinel. . Scratch r...
Category

Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver, Steel

Cartier Santos Demoiselle White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch WF9005Y8
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Santos Demoiselle White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch WF9005Y8. Quartz movement. 18K white gold case 20.0 x 20.0 mm. Octagonal crown set with the diamond. Diamond set lugs. Origi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Lady's Cartier Santos Ronde, Quartz, Two Tone with Grey Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Lady's Cartier Santos Ronde, quartz, 27mm x 30mm to lug tips, stainless steel screwed back case with 18K yellow gold bezel, integrated two-tone stainless steel bracelet with 18K gold...
Category

Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Quartz

Cartier Santos Galbee XL Automatic Steel Unisex Watch W20098D6
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Santos Galbee XL Automatic Steel Unisex Watch W20098D6. Automatic self-winding movement caliber 049. Three body brushed and polished stainless steel case 32.0 x 32.0 mm. Stai...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Cartier Santos Demoiselle MOP Dial Steel Ladies Watch W25075Z5
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Santos Demoiselle MOP Dial Steel Ladies Watch W25075Z5. Quartz movement. Stainless steel case 20.0 x 20.0 mm. Octagonal crown set with the pink faceted spinel. . Scratch resi...
Category

Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Cartier Santos 100 Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch W20072X7
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Santos 100 Steel Yellow Gold 38mm Mens Watch W20072X7. Automatic self-winding movement caliber 049. Three body brushed stainless steel case 38.0 mm. Stainless steel protected...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Cartier Santos Stainless Steel PVD All Black Diamonds Pave Watch
By Cartier
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Cartier Model: Santos Case Material: PVD Stainless Steel Case Diameter: 40mm Crystal: Sapphire crystal Bezel: PVD Stainless steel bezel with black Diamonds Dial: All black Dia...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Black Diamond, PVD-Coated, Steel, Stainless Steel

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Santos Cartier For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact santos cartier you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Every item for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using Gold, Stainless Steel and 18k Gold. Our collection of these items for sale includes 245 vintage editions and 511 modern creations to choose from as well. Making the right choice when shopping for a santos cartier may mean carefully reviewing examples of this item dating from different eras — you can find an early iteration of this piece from the 20th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. For this particular piece, are consistently popular carat weights. A santos cartier can be a stylish choice for most occasions, but Diamond rings, from our inventory of 28, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, day or night. Today, if you’re looking for a round cut version of this piece and are unable to find the perfect match, our selection also includes cabochon and baguette cut alternatives. Most of our santos cartier for sale are for women, but there are 435 pieces available to browse for men.

How Much is a Santos Cartier?

On average, a santos cartier at 1stDibs sells for $4,487, while they’re typically $600 on the low end and $101,218 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 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 revered jewelers in the world among clients both existing and aspirational.

On 1stDibs, find a growing collection of contemporary and vintage Cartier watches, engagement 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. Right now, perhaps you’re shopping for your own. If so, find a vast range of fashionable and functional antique, new and classic vintage watches on 1stDibs.

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. 

Eventually, watches 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. Bvlgari’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 contemporary fashionable ensembles the world over. At the same time, both casual fans and careful collectors 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.