The Octagon is a seldom seen watch in the Santos line and is one of the affordable distinctive luxury watches. It is beautifully styled and its eight-sided bezel is suggestive of the iconic Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.
Today's offering showcases a seldom seen rare version of the Octagon with ruby set crown and burgundy / chocolate dial.
This beautiful Certified Pre-Owned mens midsize Octagon measures 31mm wide and the crown and guards add a couple more millimeters. Although it is the largest version of the Octagon, by today's standards it is a unisex size, perfect for a man with a small wrist or a woman who prefers a larger size than the rather dainty size of the ladies version of this watch.
It features a stainless steel case with 18K gold octagonal bezel, burgundy / chocolate tone Roman dial with gold "epee" hands, and mechanical Cartier movement.
Unlike the quartz version of the Santos, this more desirable mechanical example possesses an automatic movement and in a way showcases the timeless art of traditional watchmaking. And unlike the usual version of the Santos Octagon, which featured a faceted blue sapphire crown, this rare version - which seems to show up about only 2% of the time compared to the traditional version - is set with a cabochon ruby instead to complement the dial.
It has all of its original parts and presents in gorgeous condition - about a 9.6 out of 10. On the wrist it presents essentially like new, and its pleasingly long adjustable bracelet has very little stretch.
Unlike many examples whose lightly stamped registration is no longer intact from previous polishing, this watch's original number is still fully intact.
A Master Watchmaker has fully serviced it ($695 value). Note that the waterproofing gasket in the crown normally makes this model slightly stiff to wind, even after servicing. This one winds fine for one of these watches. But if you would prefer never to hand wind its small crown, it's a great candidate to be placed on a watch winder for convenience.
It is running extremely strong and true, keeping time better than most brand new Cartier watches in our testings.
Should the watch need servicing in the future, your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One of our Master Watchmakers has done authorized servicing work for Cartier's Service Center.
For the finishing touch, we have meticulously detailed it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function and a full-page custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
Worn by Bill Clinton, Elton John, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Aniston, Anna Wintour, and the late Princess Diana, Cartier watches have long been favourites of royalty, Hollywood celebrities, and anyone desiring to wear a timepiece of distinction.
Cartier created the Santos in honor of the famous Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. Alberto Santos-Dumont, a true daring aviation pioneer, flew in France and Europe in some of the first prototype airplanes.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Model: Mens Santos Octagon (Automatic)
Year built: c. 1990's
Serial no.: 296,633,475
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Quick-Setting Date, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Dimensions: 31mm x 38mm (without crown), 9mm thick
Case material: Stainless steel and 18K gold
Case markings (outside): Cartier, Automatique, Swiss Made, AC 17.90gr, OR 0.750, 2.65gr
Case condition: Mint with one pin prick mark on the left side and very slight remnants of wear to the back. Its original lightly stamped serial number is still intact.
Dial: Burgundy / chocolate tone, Cartier signature, outer minute track, aperture for date, gold 'epee' hands, refinished to mint condition
Movement type: Cartier Swiss automatic
Band: Santos bracelet, stainless steel and 18K gold, polished and brushed, sized to fit a wrist of approx. 7.6 inches, adjustable, very little stretch, a couple of the removable links are slightly stiff, finish presents as mint condition. If you need additional links for the bracelet, please inquire.
Serviced: A Master Watchmaker has fully serviced it ($695 value). It is running strong. Note that the waterproofing gasket in the crown normally makes this model slightly stiff to wind, even after servicing. This one winds fine for one of these watches. But if you would prefer never to hand wind its small crown, it's a great candidate to be placed on a watch winder for convenience.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system and tested and timed on a machine that spins the watch in all directions simulating it being worn. It is running extremely strong and true, keeping time better than most brand new Cartier watches in our testings. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One of our Master Watchmakers has done authorized servicing work for Cartier's service center.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email email@example.com for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
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satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
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Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.