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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2010
    Reference No: 2961
    Case No: 20’964
    Model Name: Santos de Cartier Galbée
    Material: 18K yellow gold and stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 077, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold and stainless steel Cartier bracelet, numbered 54’800, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold and stainless steel Cartier clasp
    Dimensions: 41mm length x 29mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by a signed letter from Gigi Garner.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The first iteration of the Cartier Santos was introduced in 1911, designed for Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont by Louis Cartier himself so that Santos-Dumont could check the time in the air without having to use his hands to operate a pocket watch. It was largely WWI and the trench watches that spurred a turn from pocket watches to wrist watches in the interwar era, but the Cartier Santos predates World War I and is considered to be both the first men’s wristwatch and the first pilot’s wristwatch. It was first designed in 1904 for Santos-Dumont specifically, and more widely adapted by Cartier beginning in 1911.

    With the popularity of the steel sports watches of the 1970s, Cartier sought their own variation on this theme, and introduced an update to the half a century old Santos. The new Santos de Cartier featured a riveted bi-metal bracelet and a riveted bezel in 18K yellow gold affixed to the stainless steel case, and was an affordable mixed metal option that gained traction on the wrists of many watch enthusiasts of the 1980s. Tweaked and re-interpretated, it remained a mainstay of Cartier’s collection until 2016 when it was discontinued. Fortunately it was reintroduced in 2018 with a distinctly more modern case size and refined design.

    A crossover between the sporty utilitarian Heuer and the elegant Baignoire, this Cartier Santos Galbée formerly owned and worn by James Garner is in excellent overall condition, having been worn sparingly. Powered by an automatic movement, it is the perfect daily wearer with the added bonus of celebrity provenance, with a portion of its sale benefitting the James Garner Animal Rescue Fund.


  • Artist Biography



    With the Constitution of 1848 came a new standard for luxury in France. Founded one year prior by Louis-Francois Cartier, the house of Cartier was one of the first to use platinum in jewelry making. This incredibly expensive material became the stepping-stone for Cartier to experiment in form, mechanisms and attitude. It helped men move from pocket watches to wristwatches, effectively making the watch much more functional and prominent in a man's overall wardrobe.

    Cartier did not only touch on functionality. Inspired by a commissioned painting by George Barbier featuring a black panther at the feet of an elegantly bejeweled woman, Cartier began incorporating wild animals in his designs—most notably, Cartier Panthère rings, bangle bracelets and watches. Yet it wasn't until the late 1960s that the house of Cartier debuted their iconic yellow and rose gold LOVE collection, which includes the famous bracelet that only a special screwdriver can open. 

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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 2961
An attractive stainless steel and yellow gold automatic wristwatch with date and bracelet, formerly owned and worn by James Garner, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the James Garner Animal Rescue Fund

Circa 2010
41mm length x 29mm width
Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.

$1,000 - 2,000 

Sold for $5,040

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The New York Watch Auction: SIX

New York Auction 11-12 June 2022