Lot 3745
  • 3745


1,200,000 - 1,800,000 HKD
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  • dimensions: 43 x 55 mm
• cal. 9610MC manual winding finely pierced nickel lever movement, 21 jewels, mono-metallic balance • three rotatable dials activated through the crown: tiger motif, pavé-set diamond and sapphire layout and white matte dial with Roman numerals and secret signature at VII • 18k white gold and full diamond-set case, diamond-set crown, sapphire crystal display back secured by 6 screws • case, dial and movement signed • with an 18k white gold Cartier double deployant clasp


Movement and the dial rotating mechanism are in working order. Dial is nice and clean. No visible blemishes to the case. High quality diamonds are all intact and stated to weight 7 carats. Very minor surface scuffs to the deployant clasp. Excellent overall condition. Highly recommended. **The strap of this wristwatch is made from an endangered species, please refer to important notices for further information**.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

Important Notice regarding importation into the United States of Rolex watches
Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."

Catalogue Note

The total diamond weight is approximately 7 carats.

With Cartier Certificates and Instruction Manual.  Together with a Cartier presentation box and outer packaging. 

Although famous for its jewelry creation, Cartier was the first to introduce the men's wristwatch.  Patek Philippe made the first wristwatch, but for a woman and as a one-off.  In 1904, the Brazilian pioneer aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont complained to his friend Louis Cartier of the unreliability and impracticality of using pocket watches while flying. Cartier took the challenge and designed a flat wristwatch with a distinctive square bezel. This watch was not only a hit with Santos-Dumont, but also with many Cartier's upper class clients. Thus, the "Santos" was born and become a symbol of Cartier's timeless modernity.  Cartier also created the deployant buckle in 1910, which is now used by numerous major watch manufacturers worldwide. 

Cartier designed the "Santos Triple 100" watch with the first-ever rotating dial mechanism.  It is an exceptional and one-of-a-kind trio of watches. By simply turning the winding crown, the watch reveals a gripping display of its hidden faces, either a classic dial with Roman numerals, sparkling pave diamond and sapphire-set chessboard-style pattern, or a meticulously engraved tiger's head.  The heart of this Santos features a finely skeletonized manual winding movement caliber 9610MC, with double barrels offering a 72-hour power reserve, specifically developed by the Cartier Manufacture. This timepiece was produced in a very limited series of 20 pieces and the current example is number 16.  It has never been offered at auction, providing a rare opportunity for the most avid Cartier connoisseurs.