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Santos Galbee LM - steel & gold - automatic movement - box&papers

Santos Galbee LM - steel & gold - automatic movement - box&papers

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Maker: Cartier

Model: Santos Galbee

Year: 1990's

Case & Bezel Material: Steel and Gold two tone

Case Dimensions: 29mm diameter (excluding crown guard), 41mm lug to lug

Movement: Cartier Automatic movement, running at +8.6 seconds/day

Service history: January 2023

Bracelet/Strap: original Cartier integrated bracelet in steel and gold. Full links. Fits wrist size until 20cm (about 7.9 inches)

Lug width: 17.5mm

Box/Papers: Cartier inner, certificate of guarantee, and user manual.

This watch needs no introduction. The Santos was born in 1978 as a a result of Cartier’s decision to try to appeal to a younger crowd who leaned towards sportier watches. In order to give the new watch a sense of luxury, Cartier decided to launch the model in steel with gold accents. A daring combination, since the mix of steel and gold was not common at that time. The Santos now is an icon and arguably the most famous Cartier timepiece in the brands storied history. The watch was further memorialized in the movie Wall Street, where the all yellow gold version was worn by Gordon Gekko played by Michael Douglas. In 1987, Cartier further made updates to the Santos and launched the Santos Galbee. The Santos Galbee had a slightly more curved case along with a new bracelet which gave it a more streamlined look than its predecessor. All in all, the Santos is undoubtedly an icon and arguably the most famous Cartier timepiece in its history.

Overall, this piece is in excellent vintage condition. The case has some light bumps and scratches but is overall sharp and retains its original bevels. The gold bezel and the integrated bracelet also has some minor scratches throughout - consistent with the age of this watch. The original white lacquer dial has some cracks, which is common for a vintage Stantos dial. The light cracks are only visible on a loupe. The dial itself is in very clean condition with no blemishes or discoloration. The blue steeled hands as well as the crown guards and blue sapphire cabochon is in excellent shape. The watch  comes with its inner Cartier box, Cartier certificate of guarantee and instruction manual. The bracelet has its full links and can fit up to a wrist size of 20cm. The automatic movement was just serviced by our watchmaker in Janyuar 2023 and is currently running at +8.6 sec/day. The watch comes with a 6 month movement warranty from us.

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