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Cartier Santos Dumont Platinum CPCP "Collection Prive", full set

Cartier Santos Dumont Platinum CPCP "Collection Prive", full set

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Maker: Cartier
Model: Santos Dumont in Platinum from the Collection Prive Cartier Paris (CPCP)
Reference: 1575B
Year: 2000
Dial: White Guilloche
Case Material: Platinum
Dimensions: 27mm by 36mm diameter; 4.5mm thickness including crystal
Caliber: Manual caliber 021MC based on the caliber 21 by Frederique Piguet
Service history: August 2022 at Cartier Tokyo, -6.2 seconds per day
Bracelet/Strap: original alligator Cartier strap and Cartier signed 18k white gold deloyant clasp. And choice of strap (pictured)
Lug Width: 17mm
Box/Papers: Full set with original CPCP outer box, CPCP mahogany wood box, red leather booklet holder, CPCP manual, certificate of guarantee, and Cartier service papers.


The Cartier Santos Dumont is an iconic and historical important watch dating back to the early 20th century. It was named after Alberto Santos-Dumont, a Brazilian aviation pioneer who was a close friend of Louis Cartier, the founder of Cartier. In the early 1900s, Santos-Dumont had become frustrated with the inconvenient and impractical nature of pocket watches, which he found cumbersome to use while flying. He approached Louis Cartier and asked him to design a watch that he could easily read while flying. Louis Cartier rose to the challenge and in 1904, created the first wristwatch specifically designed for aviation. The watch featured a square face with large Roman numerals and a leather strap, making it easy to read and wear while flying. In 1911, Cartier released a redesigned version of the Santos, the Santos Dumont, which featured a smaller, more streamlined design and a metal bracelet. This version of the watch became even more popular and cemented its place as a classic and iconic timepiece.

This is particular example is the highly sought after CPCP (Cartier Paris Collection Privee) Cartier Santos Dumont in platinum, the Ref. 1575. Encased in platinum, the watch retains its roots as a tool watch with the inset screws on the surface of the case, while the ivory dial and crisp Roman numerals have become a hallmark of Cartier’s style. The case itself is composed of brushed platinum, while a polished bezel is layered on top. The dial of the Santos-Dumont 1575 also bears an intricate engine-turned pattern across the entire face, which provides an attractive visual depth to the surface of the watch. Furthermore, the hands are rendered in blued steel, complementing the crown, which is set with a blue cabochon sapphire.

Overall, this CPCP Santos Dumont is in excellent condition. The dial shows slight aging but overall is in great condition with the ivory guilloche pattern in beautiful shape. The case has superficial marks throughout- consistent with wear over time. More noticeable grazing can be seen on the upper right corner of the bezel (as captured in the product photography). The watch went through a full service by Cartier in July 2022. The watch comes with its original black alligator strap by Cartier as well as its original white gold Cartier deployant clasp. This is a full set with its original CPCP mahogany wood box, red leather booklet, CPCP manual, certificate of guarantee, and Cartier service papers from 2022.

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