One of the most famous square watches ever, the cheapest cartier watch started life as an early wristwatch conceived for Brazilian aviator Albert Santos-Dumont in 1904.Cartier first introduced the Santos ADLC in 2009, before discontinuing it three years later, so the Santos 100 Carbon is a throwback of sorts. ADLC is a carbon-based coating that is extremely hard, almost as hard as diamond, and also slightly elastic. The cartier watches price latter property means that even if the steel case is scratched or dented, the coating will tend to adhere rather than flake off.
That’s extremely useful for a watch case, especially one as large as the Santos 100, an oversized variant of the original Santos. The dimensions of the Santos 100 Carbon are identical to that of the ordinary stainless steel model, measuring 41.3 mm cartier mens watches for sale in diameter and just over 51 mm long. It sits large and chunky on the wrist, though the all-black look of the carbon model reduces the apparent size of the watch.
Before the case is coated with ADLC, it is finished just like a typical steel case. Consequently the Santos 100 Carbon case has all the details that make the steel equivalent attractive, specifically the polished bevel that runs all along the vintage cartier watches ebay top edge of the case. This gives the predominantly matte surface a bit of shine, and also highlights the shape of the case.
The key aesthetic different between the Santos 100 Carbon and its predecessor are the bezel and seconds hand. Now the bezel is ADLC coated steel, matching the case, while on the first generation it was a contrasting material, either titanium or rose gold. And the Best Cartier Replica Watches seconds hand is now a striking red, a somewhat predictable colour for a sporty-ish watch.
In-house for the first time While the red and black look is not novel, it is appealing. But the Santos 100 Carbon is not just an aesthetic exercise. Instead of the ETA movement found in its predecessor, the new Santos is powered by the 1847 MC.
This is Cartier’s workhorse entry-level movement that made its debut two years ago with the Cartier Replica Watches For Sale. Hidden behind an ADLC coated case back, it’s a basic but competent, featuring the efficient but simple “Magic Lever” automatic winding.