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SOLD OUT: Cartier Santos Galbee XL 2823 Steel Mens Automatic Watch steel bracelet 45 x 32 mm wears like 38mm
WHY THIS WATCH
|Many see the Cartier Santos, which was introduced by Louis Cartier in 1904, as the first purpose designed men’s wrist watch. The Santos had a very revolutionary asthetic at the time it was released, with it's square case and visible screws on the bezel, it had a downrigth industrial look, during an era where that wasn't popular. Do these design elements remind you of anything? 70 years later Gerald Genta would borrow some of these design elements for the Audemars Piquet Royal Oak, a legendary watch in it's own right. The Santos has remained a mainstay in Cartier’s collection ever since its introduction more than a century ago. In 1987 the Santos was relaunched as the Santos Galbée, as a two-tone only watch. Cartier introduced the Galbee, which is French for "curved" by giving the case slightly more curved lugs and, for the first time, an integrated Santos bracelet, which would in time become just as iconic as the watch itself. This particular Santos Galbée XL reference 2823 dates back to the mid-2000s. The stainless steel case measures 45 x 32 mm. Inside, you have the Cartier Calibre 39, which is an ETA automatic base finished to Cartiers standards.
In my opinion, this the best version of the Cartier Santos for a man. On the wrist, you notice that despite being called XL, the watch falls beautifully around the wrist due to the integrated bracelet with concealed butterfly clasp. I would say this watch watch wears like a 38mm watch. I love how the explosed screws in the bracelet are arranged erradictly. I usually pull this watch with just about anything. Jeans and brunch, coctail hour, business dinner, this watch just feels right at home almost anywhere.
THE LITTLE DETAILS
|Watch is from the mid-late 2000's and is in overall excellent condition, with some light wear on the case and bracelet. Case is around 93%, with most of the light surface scratches on the polished bezel. The bracelet is pretty clean, around 95%. The movement is running strong and keeping good time, with the date changing as it should at midnight. The watch comes with box and manual only, no other paperwork. The bracelet has enough links to fit a 7 inch wrist. Additional links available upon request.|
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