Luxury Fake Cartier Santos: A (Very) Short History
What led to the creation of the original Santo-Dumont was a complaint. Brazilian aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont, explained to friend Louis Cartier sometime in 1904 the understandable incompatibilities of early plane flight with the handling of a pocket watch. (Santos-Dumont occupies the same time in history as the Wright Brothers as an early airplane pilot.) Not long after, Cartier presented Alberto with his namesake model: a small, squared watch with cabochon crown and leather strap. This has been widely claimed to be the first-ever purpose-made, mass-produced men’s wristwatch. If it is not that, it at least was definitely the first intended pilot’s watch. A much more detailed history of the origins and development of the Santos can be found in this thorough article at https://www.cartierlovering.co.uk/.
Whether or not it was the first men’s wristwatch is irrelevant, except for bragging rights. What is important is that Louis Cartier designed at the time from the ground up to be a wristwatch. As mentioned earlier, the largest influx of the still-new men’s high-quality fake watches in the early 1900s was the modified pocket watches of infantrymen of WWI. They, too, discovered the shortcomings of handling a pocket watch when you’re, uh, a little busy, but didn’t have the unique luxury of being friends with a watchmaker. Those watches were round because the pocket watches they were made from were. But a wristwatch design with imagination as the only limitation has no reason to be.
All in the lines
And so what resulted was the simple, small square of the first Santos-Dumont. It was square in part because it was a continuation of the rectangular shape of the strap. This allowed it to be very small and svelte yet remain readable. It was square because it could be; no rotating bezels or conversion tables, still some 30 years away, really existed or were necessary. Those bezels and conversion tables of the dive watches and chronographs of the past’s future, along with sluggish design inertia from the days of pocket watches, cemented the typical wristwatch shape as round, at least until the 1980s and rectangular digital screens threatened to obliterate circular mechanics forever.
A New Fake Cartier Santos
Today, Swiss made replica Cartier’s Santos lives on, the product of 100 years of evolution and slow swaying to trends of the times. Reference WSA0016 is what I consider to be the quintessential modern offering of the perfect UK sale Cartier de Santos fake watches online.
In a “medium” (35.1 mm × 41.9) two-toned case and matching bracelet, this iteration of the Santos is the continuation of a design progression many decades in the making. The two-tone element and crown guards are reminiscent of models of the same ilk of 1980 while the precisely curved aspect of the square theme places it firmly in the present day. The size, while still small by present standards, is increased from its ancestor. It is, in essence, a modern square tool watch, rugged yet refined, as the original was in its own time.
Also in 1:1 excellent UK fake Cartier’s catalog, the current “Santos-Dumont” most closely references in appearance the original Santos-Dumont of the early 1900s. One might argue that this is the true continuation of the lineage to the modern day. I posit that it’s an anachronism, not at home in the 21st century except for its oftentimes quartz interior. (The best fake Cartier Santos WSA0016 for sale employs automatic caliber 1847 MC.) However, it is a beautiful super clone watch, as is the original, and we may consider ourselves lucky to have the chance to interact with it beyond archival images or museum display cases, not that it is an exact replica.