In 2005, Cartier released the Santos Galbée XL as a size update to the wildly popular Santos line that was instrumental in popularizing the brand with a younger audience. 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.
While the two-tone version was the original poster child for the Santos, the all-steel models have become increasingly popular in recent years. It’s no surprise given how sleek and sporty they look. While the Galbée XL is no longer in production, Cartier continues to produce a modern version of the Santos in medium and large sizes.
Santos Galbée XL
Cartier stainless steel bracelet with steel screws
Max Wrist Size:
8in (24 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 is pristine with the original brushed finishing present and only a few hairlines on the bezel and the case side opposite the crown. Given that the bracelet stickers and hang tag are still attached, these imperfections are likely from handling and storage versus actual wear. The lugs are thick and fully defined with beautiful contrast between brushed and polished surfaces. The case back looks untouched with sharp, deep engravings that are fully legible.
Dial, Hands, & Crystal: The white dial and blue sword hands are perfect. The sapphire crystal is clean and scratch-free.
Bracelet/Strap: The fully-linked Cartier stainless steel bracelet shows no signs of wear with protective stickers present.
Functions: All functions including the crown-winding, time-setting, and date-changing are working as expected.
Service History: Unknown.