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Vintage Men's Cartier Galbee 18K Yellow Gold Automatic Diamond Wrist Watch

$18,998

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Here we have a very chic and bold looking vintage Cartier "Santos Galbee" wrist watch crafted in solid 18k yellow gold. This classy watch features a Swiss-made, automatic self-winding movement that is in perfect working condition and keeps accurate time. The movement is cased in a solid 18k gold, square shape case and attached to the original bracelet that has its original finishing and patina intact. The top two links as well as the crown and hour marks are set with the finest quality diamonds. These diamonds are excellent cut round brilliants, colorless and super clean stones adding such a rich and elegant touch to this special statement piece. This is a classy and refined wrist watch in perfectly working condition. This statement piece remains in an all original, excellent physical and mechanical condition. It is ready to wear and impress, upon arrival. Enjoy :) -- Stone(s) -- (17) Natural Genuine Diamonds - Prong & Burnish Set - Round Brilliant Cut - F Color - VVS1 Clarity Total Carat Weight: 0.37 (approx.) Watchmaker: Cartier Case Serial No.: 296003327 Movement: Mechanical - Automatic - Swiss Made Weight: 143.72 Grams (Case, Movement, and Bracelet) Case Material: Solid 18k Yellow Gold Case Height: 41.1mm (lug to lug) Case Width: 29mm (not counting the crown) Case Thickness: 8.8mm Bracelet Material: Solid 18k Yellow Gold Bracelet Length: Will fit up to a 7.5 inch wrist. Bracelet Width: Graduated from 17.8mm to 13.5mm Bracelet Thickness: 2.4mm Condition: Vintage watch w/ original finish and patina preserved. Shows light to moderate scratches throughout the case and bracelet. Movement keeps accurate time. Excellent and ready to wear condition. Stock Number: EK-39001056-21100907-PAR

Details

  • Creator
  • Metal
  • Stone
  • Stone Cut
  • Weight
    143.72 g
  • Dimensions
    Length: 7.5 in. (190.5 mm)
  • Place of Origin
    Switzerland
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1985
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Vintage watch w/ original finish and patina preserved. Shows light to moderate scratches throughout the case and bracelet. Movement keeps accurate time. Excellent and ready to wear condition.
  • Seller Location
    Montclair, NJ
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 39001056-21100907-PAR1stDibs: LU2166213815752

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    to United States 0, arrives in 3 days, excluding production time.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Montclair, NJ
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

Cartier

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.

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