Going down in history as one of the first tool watches ever released, the Cartier Santos was designed by Louis Cartier at the request of famed Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont in 1904, as he foresaw checking pocket watches in a cockpit becoming an issue as aviation developed. The very pinnacle of timeless design, the Santos has penetrated just about every corner of horology, as demonstrated by this 1990's-released ladies model, the ref 1575-1. A 27mm variant constructed of platinum, the ref. 1575-1 features a smooth round-edged bezel sitting atop a satin-brushed case with beautifully polished bevelling throughout. A remarkably slim watch, the ref. 1575-1 is powered by the exceptionally thin cal. 021 MC movement, which allows the timepiece to hug the wrist comfortably. Fitted with Cartier's classic silver dial featuring contrasting black Roman numerals within a railroad-style chapter ring and blued steel hands, the ref. 1575-1's dial is exceptionally classy, in keeping with its overall aesthetic of grace and decorum.
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Est. value range
$7,000 – $10,000
The overall condition is excellent. There are some light surface abrasions to the case, primarily on the high-polished part of the bezel. The dial is in very good condition with no loss to the printing. There are a few minute specs which can be seen under 10x magnification. The strap has some signs of average wear.
Please Note: Due to CITES considerations, if the watch is to be shipped outside of the USA, an alternative leather strap to the existing exotic skin version, shall be provided.
The ref. 1575-1 Santos is a charmingly faithful reinterpritation of the original Santos from the 1900s. Produced in very limited quantities, it has recently achieved somewhat of a cult status, with examples at auction fetching extremely high prices. Don't let this one slip away!