In 1904, replica Cartier watches designed the world’s first wristwatch for pilot Alberto Santos-Durman, the Cartier Santos. A watch that became a classic of the times. The Cartier Santos has impressed us with its square case design, its exposed screws, its iconic Roman numerals and much more. This year, Cartier is adding to this classic collection with the SANTOS DE CARTIER chronograph equipped with a chronograph function, which is quite good in terms of value and performance. Let’s take a look at this watch. (Watch Ref: WSSA0017)
Louis Cartier and the Brazilian pilot Mr. Albert Santos Dumont are good friends, because Albert Santos Dumont failed the flying challenge because his hands needed to control the plane and flawlessly pull out his pocket watch to see the time. Louis Cartier therefore created a watch for him, the first of its kind to be worn on the wrist in the world.
The Cartier SANTOS DE CARTIER chronograph has a case made of stainless steel with an ADLC carbon bezel that is distinguished by eight exposed screws. The lugs, which are naturally attached to the case and can be seen from the side, are curved to fit the wrist better.
The heptagonal crown at 3 o’clock is set with a multi-faceted black synthetic spinel. The crown is fitted with a reset button to reset the chronograph. The chronograph pushers are located on the other side of the watch and start and stop the chronograph. This gives the watch a more balanced look. The dial has a zoned dial design with a brushed central square area and three function dials decorated with a snailed pattern for a contrast. A date window at 6 o’clock is another useful addition to the watch.
The rubber strap features the patented QucikSwitch strap quick-change mechanism, which allows for quick and easy strap changes. New to this year’s straps is a push-button switch mechanism with a lighter, thinner piece for improved wearing comfort and convenience. Developed in-house by Cartier, the self-winding Calibre 1904 CH MC is equipped with two barrels, a guide column, vertical clutch and linear return to zero hammer forming a subtle mechanism for controlling and coordinating the chronograph function and has a power reserve of 48 hours.
With its simple and elegant design, the watch brings to life the elegance of the original 1904 historic model. The Cartier Santos has written a legend in the watch world that continues to live on. If you are interested in this watch, you can pay more attention to it.