Until 2020, Cartier will continue to expand the still fresh and satisfying Santos collection with new flavors. While the Santos chronograph is notable for its extra mechanical complexity, the “invisible” black variant of the three-handed Santos de Cartier “Grande” watch is a fashion shocker. Cartier watches can be worn with black leather motorcycle jackets, but not many – but here we have this lovely Cartier Santos black dial watch replica WSSA0039.
The Cartier Santos replica we have here is the larger size, which means that, in addition to the case measuring in at 47.5mm (lug to lug) by 39.8mm (flank to crown), it also includes a date complication down at six o’clock, something the smaller “medium-size” model forgoes. The big change here is that the steel case has a black ADLC coating all over, including on the bezel and the crown.
Back in 2016, there was the “Black Santos” (Cartier Santos 100 Carbon watch) intimate contact. Of course, this is not an “all-black” watch in the sense that the dial elements are also black. Cartier has the good sense to make sure the replica Santos WSSA0039 is also legible by having the watch hands and Roman numeral hour markers painted with white luminant. Unlike the sporty red seconds hand on the previous generation Santos 100 Carbon, the monochromatic personality of this black Santos is a bit more hip and modern by today’s standards. Giving the watch a bit of the ol’ Cartier pizazz, the case and rubber strap screws are in polished steel. The effect is to have them catch the light a bit, which draws the eyes better to the watch. Thus, you have the look of a stealth watch, even though this Santos very much calls attention to itself. In the crown is a black-colored spinel cabochon.
Attached to the case via Cartier’s easy-adjust (QuickSwitch) strap-changing system is a case-fitted matte-black alligator strap in addition to the pictured black rubber strap (that is quite comfortable on the folding deployant clasp). Inside the watch is the in-house-made caliber 1847 MC automatic movement, broadly used within the brand, that operates at 4Hz and has about two days of power reserve.
Aside from a healthy portion of classy, masculine sex appeal, the copy Cartier Santos watch in black aDLC is a simply new flavor of the still-novel contemporary family of Cartier Santos watches. What I think would have really completed the look was the availability of a black aDLC steel bracelet. What prevents this from happening is the higher cost of doing the aDLC coating properly on all the steel parts and not having the color wear off over time. That is tricky and would make this already arguably expensive timepiece cost even more money. For example, the Cartier Santos in natural steel on the bracelet costs $700 less than this version with a coated case on a strap.
Originally introduced inside the 2015 Cartier Clé collection, this automatic movement provides hours, minutes, seconds and date functionality. Calibre 1847 MC is Cartier’s modern workhorse and incorporates nickel phosphorous components and a soft-iron cage to protect it from magnetism. Beating at a modern 4Hz frequency, the movement offers a power reserve of 42 hours. It has to be seen as Cartier’s alternative to third-party movements such as ETA and Sellita.
Model: Santos de Cartier
Dimensions: 47.5mm x 39.8mm
Case Material: Stainless steel with ADLC coating
Dial Color: Black
Indexes: Roman numerals
Lume: Yes, on hands and hour markers
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Black bracelet-style rubber strap and black alligator strap, both with QuickSwitch system
Movement: Caliber 1847 MC
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
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