20 years later...

May 19, 2020,10:23 AM

Can you believe that this was Gents size 20 years ago? In person it looks really tiny, and I don't have a big wrist at all.

I do love this watch, which was my first "good" one. I "cannot" wear it anymore due to my perception of the size (weird but true), so I may give a try to the new model (from 2018), who knows?

I would love to read your comments and see some pictures of your Santos watches 😉


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For now too small

 By: Jurry : May 19th, 2020-12:58
For this day and age it may be perceived to be bitty small. But i would hang on to it because trend is going smaller again. Plus there will be a day that you will wear this and post a photo titled : “10 years ago it was too small” Its a great piece

This is a very special watch to me, with a ton of sentimental value

 By: 1WatchMan : May 22nd, 2020-15:15
So I definitely look forward to that comparison 👍🏻

This one has a special "charm" that I've never felt with the later editions

 By: 1WatchMan : May 21st, 2020-04:03
The latest has improved there, I definitely want to check it out. I've never had any issues with the bracelet, it's extremely comfortable.

I think it looks perfect

 By: Geo : May 20th, 2020-00:42
Sizes like this look IMHO so much better than these crazy fashionable large watches. I love the fact that one still can see some of the good looking bracelet, instead of a watch case the width of your wrist. Of course, I realize that I am one of the few h... 


 By: ChristianDK : January 7th, 2021-14:04

You're making me think of readjusting the bracelet to give it a try 🤔

 By: 1WatchMan : May 21st, 2020-09:28
It's been in my wife's collection for a few years and, to be honest, it looks much better on her 😉

I think it is a matter of getting used to it

 By: Geo : May 21st, 2020-12:59
This model has been for so many years a mens model, so let's fashion not dictate you that you can't wear it anymore. The fact that women started to wear mens watches, does not turn these pieces into ladies models. And women get away with anything they wea... 

I fully agree with you

 By: 1WatchMan : May 22nd, 2020-15:12
I'm so confused when I look at it. Same watch and same wrist as 20 years ago, but totally different feelings. As you said, probably it's a matter of time on the wrist and I'll see it differently.

My santos 2018 edition middle

 By: felipeye : October 17th, 2020-19:16
The size is 35.1mm*41.9(lug to lug). It’s so comfortable for me. I like it. ...  

Recently a colleague showed up at work sporting an

 By: wover : October 19th, 2020-07:56
early 90's Rolex. So tiny, so, can I use the word, stupid looking, inappropriate on a man's wrist.. A Santos won't EVER look stupid. What a great design. The basic shape has been around for over a hundred years and it still looks fresh. Fabulous!

Love this post!

 By: jamesbutler1222 : November 6th, 2020-20:39
I had the same problem with my old Cartier Panther from the '80s. Beautiful watch but compared to today's aesthetic it looked like a woman's watch. I ended up selling it, I now have a Chaumet dandy.

Santos Large latest generation.

 By: jomni1 : November 24th, 2020-18:50
Doesn’t look so big with leather strap. But definitely looks big and bold with bracelet. ...  

First of all, this size looks great on your wrist!

 By: Geo : December 22nd, 2020-11:22
Honestly, it is just that many of us are still used to look at oversized watches, but in fact, it is so much nicer to see part of the bracelet too. But if you would like a bigger Santos have a look at the Santos Galbée XL from 2005. It is larger than the ...  

Nice post... I fully understand !

 By: Alfihar : January 1st, 2021-08:35


 By: Weems@8 : January 1st, 2021-09:01
what a great forum section. Cartier Santos, what a fabulous watch. I am almost one step away from that stunning icon. The posts and stories in this section is a perfect tool to see different versions in many ways.

wonderful watch!

 By: 1neilfrancis : January 6th, 2021-13:49

In the picture I don’t really see what is wrong with it...

 By: ChristianDK : January 7th, 2021-14:13
Perhaps it’s different if I saw it on your wrist. I doubt it though. Don’t view a timeless elegant design like this the same as you would with the much more contemporary designs. This design was not intended to fill your wrist. Just as when you see a Role... 

I am not a fan of oversized watches

 By: Rex2 : January 18th, 2021-13:42
so the size looks great to me.

I like big

 By: Weems@8 : January 18th, 2021-14:08
I consider the 100XL because it is a good size for my 7,5 inch wrist. Too big and too small are also not my thing. I chose always from 39mm case size to a max of 44mm. Sometimes it is the presence of a watch to ignore the size specs on a list. A 42mm case...