The World‘s First Pilot’s Watch: Cartier Santos-Dumont 1904 To 2018

The name Santos Dumont may not immediately ring a bell for everyone; most people probably just know this model as the Cartier “Santos.”But long before the legendary steel-and-gold Santos was launched in 1978, there was a small version of the model called the “Santos-Dumont.” And this is actually the watch that inspired the famous Santos of today. Louis Cartier created that Santos-Dumont model in 1904 for his aviator friend Alberto Santos Dumont, who had asked for a watch that allowed his hands to remain free for controls while flying. On November 12, 1906, he became the first person to be filmed in an airplane in flight when he flew 220 meters in 21.5 seconds – wearing what may well be the first pilot’s wristwatch in history.

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