The Santos Galbée XL was released in 2005 as a size update to the wildly popular Santos line. The Galbée ("curved" in French) is known for its more wrist-hugging shape and originally came in a 29mm x 41mm case when launched in 1987. The XL then bumped up the size to 32mm x 45mm to satisfy the demand for larger watches in the mid 2000s. The case also became slightly thicker and the date window was moved from the 3:00 to a more discrete location at 4:30. Overall, it wears very similarly to a 36mm round watch. The Galbée XL is no longer in production, however Cartier continues to produce a modern version of the Santos in medium and large sizes.
Santos Galbée XL
Two-tone steel & gold
Cartier stainless steel bracelet with gold screws
Max Wrist Size:
7.25in (21 links)
Hand model has a wrist size of 6.2 in
UNWORN: Case is pristine with no signs of use. Original stickers may still be present. Dial, hands, and lume have no imperfections and may show natural, even aging.
MINT: Case has only a few superficial hairlines. Lugs are thick, full, and sharp with superb finishing. Dial, hands, and lume may have micro imperfections visible only with a loupe.
EXCELLENT: Case has very light scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick, full, and well-defined. Dial and hands may have imperfections visible upon close inspection. Lume is fully intact and may show slight discoloration.
VERY GOOD: Case may have a few moderate scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick and full but may have softened edges. Dial and hands may have light stains or marks. Lume may have cracks or discoloration.
GOOD: Case has many scratches and nicks. Lugs may show signs of moderate polishing with worn edges. Dial and hands may have noticeable stains or marks. Lume may be damaged or show significant discoloration.
Case: The case shows minimal signs of wear with just a few hairlines present.
Dial, Hands, & Crystal: The silver dial and blue hands are clean and the sapphire glass is scratch-free.
Bracelet/Strap: The bracelet is also in excellent condition with virtually no stretch and a few small hairlines throughout.
Functions: All functions including the crown-winding, time-setting, and date-setting are working as expected.
Service History: Unknown.