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 unisex model, the ref 1575-1. A 27mm wide 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
$10,000 – $15,000
Watch is in excellent condition. Case exhibigs signs of light wear and previous polishing, with the most obvious wear being on the polished bezel. Guilloche dial is near-mint showing no visible signs of wear. Watch comes with a generic steel buckle and non-Cartier strap.
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!