1/15
Sold For
$17,048 USD

26 bids

No reserve
Auction Ended
01/17/23
On Jan 17, 5:24 PM UTC
Lot #1880

Cartier Santos Dumont Mécanique Platinum 1575-1

This auction is subject to a 10% buyer’s premium on top of final bid amount (hammer price).

How do I bid? Start here

Introduction

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.

Loupe This Scorecard

Grade

M 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch Only

Est. value range

$10,000 – $15,000

The Details

Brand

Cartier

Dimensions

27mm x 36mm

Model

Santos Dumont

Movement

Manual-wind cal. 021MC

Reference

1575-1

Bracelet

Leather strap

Year

Circa 1990s

Condition

Excellent

Material

Platinum

Included

Watch only

Dial Color

Silver

WRIST SHOT

A slim, classic and angular design, the Santos is an icon of the Cartier aesthetic with its silver dial, Roman numerals, blued steel hands, and railroad minute track all adding to the aesthetic.

THE CONSTRUCTION

A platinum 1575-1 Santos is truly a rarity. The majority of these 1575-1's were made in yellow gold, and so very few platinum examples make it to market.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

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.

Our Perspective

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!

Eric Ku

Co-founder