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For the next quarter century, Cartier was strictly a jeweler, but in 1874, Louis-François’s son Alfred gained the company’s reins. He in turn brought his sons, Louis, Pierre, and Jacques, into the firm—it was this third generation of Cartiers that would make the Paris jeweler’s name synonymous with luxury wristwatches The first Cartier wristwatches were diamond-studded bracelets for ladies, which were introduced in 1888 and languished until Parisian fashions changed enough in the mid-1890s to encourage the adornment of a bare wrist with a watch. Buy It Now Add to watch list VERY ELEGANT CARTIER 18K WHITE GOLD LANIERES BRACELET SIZE 15 65 CARTIER BOX $3,400.00

I probably bought my first watch to restore in about 1970. It helped that my dad was a jeweler, and that when I was a little kid I used to run errands for him downtown. When I got older, I still knew all his jeweler buddies, and as I got interested in watches they’d offer me wristwatches that came from estates. So in the early days I was buying Patek Philippe Tank watches for $300 to $500 and maybe selling them for $700 to $800. The same watches today are worth about 10 times that.

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We hope that our special search engine was able to dazzle you with amazing results full of items for you to choose from and purchase as well. The watch was no longer available by the time I peeped, but it set someone back a few grand. And with the signature sapphire crown, gold bezel and exotic red snake skin band, I’m sure this classic Santos watch by Cartier is absolutely worth every penny. It sounds like there is a high probability that it is genuine. You’ve asked the right people and done the right tests. I’m sure we’d all like to see some pictures of the movement.

The watch actually comes in three sizes, but the movement is the same in all of them. They called the movement Polyplan because it’s in three dimensions. The shape of the movement rises at about a 35-degree angle, plateaus to a flat surface, and then drops off again at about a 35-degree angle on the other end. It’s made that way to fit the shape of your wrist—the watch wraps around it. Now I’ve been lucky enough to have George discuss collecting Cartier here with us on Longitude. I turn you over to him.