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Santos de Cartier – The Measure of All Things

Did you know that watches can talk? Some of them tell all day long how versatile they are. Others tell how deep they can dive. In contrast, our Santos de Cartier models are quite monosyllabic. All they say is “I am a Cartier.” Why is that enough? That’s simple: If you are the measure of all things, everything is said.

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Man in a shirt looking sideways wearing the Santos de Cartier watch on his wrist

Show Class


To win over business partners for projects you must often do a lot of talking. With a strong personality, you give more weight to your words. That’s why you show true class with a Santos de Cartier. Since the world’s first aviator wristwatch speaks a clear language thanks to its iconic shape and finest workmanship – sending out a message of success, thinking in large dimensions, and a sense of class.

One Like No Other

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Ready for the Grand Appearance

Grandeur in every regard, that’s in a nutshell the motto of the Santos de Cartier Chronograph XL in 18k yellow gold with chronograph function and a 43 x 51.3 mm case.

Santos de Cartier watch case in its typical square form
Santos de Cartier watch worn by a man buttoning up his shirt
Product image of a standing Santos de Cartier watch in gold

You Can’t Measure True Greatness

Have you ever seen for yourself in the Louvre how tiny the Mona Lisa really is? This wonderful example shows that you can’t determine beauty with a measuring tape. And it can also be seen in our medium-size Santos de Cartier model: Even with its shorter dimensions, it outshines easily every competitor thanks to its classic proportions and its streamlined design.

Santos de Cartier – The High-Flyers among Timepieces

Since the creation of the Santos de Cartier, watch history has been marked again and again by aviator watches. Their technical features and design characteristics make them timeless masterpieces. Discover the style icon and classic from Cartier in our assortment.

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Wempe Knowledge: 5 Facts about the Santos de Cartier


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1. The First Aviator Watch


The Santos de Cartier is named after the Brazilian pioneer of flight Alberto Santos Dumont, who developed the watch together with his friend Louis-François Cartier in 1904.

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2. The First Wristwatch with a Leather Strap


To offer more flexibility when worn on board an airplane, the Santos de Cartier was the first wristwatch that was fitted with a leather strip.

Closeup of a Santos de Cartier watch case in copper colours


3. Timeless Design


The stylistic square shape with its characteristic bezel screws has only been slightly modified once since it was first launched in 1904.

Santos de Cartier Manufacture calibre 1847 MC


4. Changing the Wristband without Any Tool


The patented QuickSwitch mechanism allows you to change and adjust the wristband without needing any tool.

5. Protection against Magnetic Fields

Self-winding manufacture caliber 1847 MC is protected against magnetic fields of up to 1,200 Gauss. 

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