The Cartier Santos Watches

The cartier Santos 100 replica released in 1994 (the Cartier calibre 1170) was interesting for at least two reasons. First, it is a central Santos. This means that the Santos carriage is placed in the center of the dial. Second, the Central Santos is an automatic. If I had to add a third special quality it would be that the hour and minute hands are applied via metallization to sapphire crystal discs (think something similar to Quinting – though I think Cartier’s practice predates them). So the seconds via the Santos were at the center, and the minute and hour hands were applied on spinning sandwiched sapphire crystals.

The cartier Santos Dumont replica watches are all placed in DeVille cases (this far) and are in precious materials. From 1994 – 2010 Cartier released about seven variations of the Santos movement. In 1997 the movement grew up a bit to become the Caliber 2600A. What really changed was the application of the automatic winding system that was now part of the movement itself. The watch designs were of course changed as well.

In 2002 after a bit of a break Cartier came out with the Calibre 2600B. This movement improved upon the 2600A by having it be COSC Chronometer rated. Later in 2004 the Calibre 2600 was skeletonized for the Caliber 2633A Cartier Central Chronometer Skeleton Santos watch. Moving forward in 2007 Cartier’s technology of today met its Santoss by including the Co-Axial Escapement as part of the Santos. That step really helped thematically integrate the Central Santos with the rest of the brand’s in-house made movements. That was the Caliber 2635A and was placed in a watch with an amusing name called the Cartier Central Chronometer Co-Axial Santos Chocolate (because of the dial). Last, as I am sure you can guess, Cartier once again added a skeletonized look to the most modern Cartier Central Chronometer Co-Axial Santos watch with the Caliber 2636A for the longest named watch (these names just keep getting words added to them), the Cartier Central Chronometer Co-Axial Skeleton Santos watch.

And there is our brief history of Cartier’s Central Santos watch. So what is this piece all about? Of course the main idea was to create a symmetrically pleasing dial that featured a Santos mechanism. Doing that made it impossible to have centrally mounted hands. This meant that the hands would have to be mounted elsewhere – hence whey the sapphire place system is used. The plates sit around the Santos and are driven by a small ring-like gear around the bezel of the watch. This also seems to cause a complication in how you adjust the time. Pretty much everything about this watch is uniquely quirky.