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The Five Best Cartier Santos Watches of All Time

Diamond Cartier Santos 100

Cartier is a high-end luxury jeweler, known for its use of premium materials, unique designs, and exceptionally talented craftsmanship. At the mention of the name, one thinks of quality, status, and value. The brand's Cartier Santos watches are popular choices for watch enthusiasts with discriminating tastes, and a love of art combined with functionality. With this in mind, these are the five best Cartier Santos watches of all time for your enjoyment and consideration.

5. Cartier Santos Dumont Price: $4,100

Cartier Santos Dumont

The Cartier Santos Dumont is a classic model for the brand that features a square case that is made of stainless steel material. It measures 43.5 x 31.4 mm in width with a depth of 7.3 mm. This is a man's timepiece with a flat fixed bezel that is fastened to the case via a series of 8 screws. The bezel has a polished finish that contrasts nicely with the brushed case that has the appearance of a pedestal of sorts. The dial features a silver satin-brushed background. The attractive sunray pattern captures the light. Black Roman Numeral indices contrast nicely for high legibility. This watch runs on a high autonomy quartz movement. It is water-resistant up to 30 meters. The strap is made of genuine alligator leather with a steel buckle closure. The crown is beaded with a synthetic cabochon-shaped spinel. You can find the Cartier Santos Dumont at the Mayor's website.

4. Cartier Santos 18k White Gold Skeleton All Diamond Chandelier Watch Price: $119,995


Cartier Santos 18k White Gold Skeleton All Diamond Chandelier Watch

The Cartier Santos 18k White Gold Skeleton All Diamond Chandelier watch is an exquisite women's timepiece that features a 40 mm case made of 18k white gold. Baguette-cut white diamonds by Raymond Lee encrust the bezel, case, and bracelet, which are also made of 18k white gold. The dial is a skeleton style that provides a good view of the inner workings of the mechanical movement beneath. Roman numerals are suspended upon the face of the dial which is covered with a sapphire crystal lens. The bracelet affixes to the wrist securely with a double fold-over clasp. The movement is automatic quartz, made in Switzerland. This is arguably one of the most dazzling and luxurious women's wristwatches ever produced by Cartier with brilliant sparkling diamonds that light up the room and the wrist of the woman wearing it.

3. Santos De Cartier Watch, Large Model Price: $29,100

Santos De Cartier Watch, Large

The Santos De Cartier Large Model is one of Cartier's more affordable timepieces in the Santos collection. The case is made of stainless steel material and measures 39.8 mm in width with a depth of 9.08 mm for a fairly slim profile. The dial is a skeleton design with suspended Roman Numerals in black, black hands, and an exceptional view of the movement beneath. The case back is also an exhibition-style with both covered with a sapphire crystal. The crown is heptagonal with a faceted sapphire. The hands are made of blued steel with a sword shape. The Santos Skeleton Large model is powered by a manual winding caliber 9611 MC mechanical movement with manual winding. It beats at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour with 20 rubies and a power reserve of 72 hours. Functions include hours and minutes. There are 138 components in the construction of the movement. This watch is water-resistant up to 330 feet.

2. Cartier Santos Galbee XL Rose Gold VS2 Diamond Face, Bezel & Band Watch Price: $19,999.00

Cartier Santos Galbee XL Rose Gold VS2 Diamond Face, Bezel & Band Watch

This variant of the Galbee XL is extremely rare and hard to find. It features a case that is made of 18k rose gold and stainless steel. The dial is encrusted with brilliant round diamonds. The bezel and case are also fully covered with white round diamonds that extend over the metal bracelet for a brilliant display of glitz. This is a handmade timepiece with a mechanical movement. The total weight is 129.3 grams, which can get heavy on the wrist when worn all day. The quality of the stones is rated as VS2, which is a hallmark of Cartier's commitment to using precious stones and materials of high value. The top of the watch features stones that are slightly offset to reveal the rose gold into which they are set, for a lovely contrast that gives the observer just a glimpse of the materials beneath. Functions include hours, minutes, seconds, and a date window placed at the 6 o'clock position.

Diamond Cartier Santos 100

1. Diamond Cartier Santos 100 Price: $ 17,500.00

The Cartier Santos 100 Diamond edition features a stainless steel case in a square shape, and it's one of the most expensive watches in the group. The dial is set across its entirety with round brilliant diamonds. Roman numerals in the black present a highly legible accounting of the time. The sword-shaped hands are also black to contrast nicely against the icy background. The dial is protected with a sapphire crystal that is resistant to scratching and scuffing. The case and bezel are covered with round brilliant diamonds of VS quality. The total stone weight is approximately 10.80 carats. The timepiece affixes to the wrist via a genuine leather strap in black with a buckle style closure. This watch is powered by a mechanical movement with hours, minutes, and seconds function. There is no date function for this model. This is yet another variant in the Cartier Santos collection that is hard to find.

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