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For me, I fear that I've waited too long to buy this watch, because I think (without trying it on yet) that I like the new Hermes more.
My problem with the Santos is they only make the more "fun" versions in the large size, but the fun versions are still relatively formal. So even though the Hermes H08 I bought is roughly the same size as the Santos ADLC bezel, the Santos comes off to me as almost a too large dress watch on my wrist and not as sporty as I'd like. The Hermes on the other hand is clearly a sports watch

If the ADLC bezel version was available in the medium size, I likely would have gone for that, though at some point I could see myself owning the medium size white dial regardless.
 

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some legit replies here. Love it. The bezel on the Santos - didn't notice that, but yeah, that makes a difference.

the blue dial Santos is a looker.
 

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I also like the Santos a lot, although I have read that its bezel is a scratch magnet.
 

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There is a lot to say for timeless designs. This watch gives me just as much happiness now as it did 20 years ago.

It appears they no longer do this (large/automatic/Guilloche dial) version in SS, only SS/Gold although they do many other variants of the Tank Française. If memory serves it is a modified ETA movement?
Yes, the large Tank Francaise used a modified ETA. The steel version has been out of production for several years. In steel it is currently only available in the small and medium ladies sizes with quartz movements.
 

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I've always liked the Tank Americaine as my favorite Cartier.

I think the Tank MC is also nice but I could do without the date window.
 

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When Cartier releases the Tank Cintree in stainless steel, it will become my favorite Cartier. Maybe I'm just a hopeless dreamer, but it could happen.
 

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Seems like Cartier is certainly trying though with the solar powered quartz they just released. Be interesting to see if it's a hit or a miss for them.
I'm interested, too. A Santos has been on my radar for a while now, and if my AD does not offer me a 36mm Explorer in a reasonable amount of time, I will probably buy a Santos instead. If they put this solar movement in the Santos, I would be all over it ("gimmick" or not). If they did, I suppose it would be more likely to be in the Santos-Dumont line rather than the Santos de Cartier line.

Also, for those of you who have or had the Santos, does it wear larger than expected due to the case shape? Looks like the medium is 35.1mm and the large is 39.8mm. If I bought it, I think I'd prefer no date, but it looks like the large version comes with a date and the medium does not.
 

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I've tried on the medium and the large. The large wears much bigger than the 39mm case shape suggests. I wish they did something in the middle with a 37mm no date Santos.
 

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My problem with the Santos is they only make the more "fun" versions in the large size, but the fun versions are still relatively formal. So even though the Hermes H08 I bought is roughly the same size as the Santos ADLC bezel, the Santos comes off to me as almost a too large dress watch on my wrist and not as sporty as I'd like.

Edit* just curious, did you try on the Hermes watch with a bracelet, or just the strap models?
To me only the "Santos Dumont" is dressy. The Santos (Santos de Cartier) is a luxury sports watch. I've never viewed it as dress watch. The entire history behind the Santos was it is the first tool watch, designed for aviator Alberto Santo Dumont so he could operate the controls on early aviation machines so his hands would be free to operate the controls.

I also like the Santos a lot, although I have read that its bezel is a scratch magnet.
Unless you are very careful, most bezels are. Just look at the bezels on a lot of ROs, Nautiluses, pre-ceramic Daytonas, etc.

some legit replies here. Love it. The bezel on the Santos - didn't notice that, but yeah, that makes a difference.

the blue dial Santos is a looker.
Like many here, I initially was not a fan of the change to the bezel. However, it grew on me, and now the old design just looks a bit dated. The other thing is the flow of the bezel makes sense and looks better particularly when transitioning to other straps that are available using the "Quick switch" bracelet/strap system. You can change straps and bracelets within seconds. On the old Santos, you are left with in my opinion an unsightly metal section between the bezel and the strap that just looks old fashioned and like it wasn't designed to be on a strap.

Anyway, I really like the blue dial model and the ADLC bezel version a lot. I just picked up the rubber strap from the ADLC version to use on my blue dial for the summer, when I'm not using the metal bracelet.


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I wear this one a lot. I usually wear it with long sleeves, which protects the bezel a bit. After nearly 2 years bezel still looks good. But if you are tough on watches the bezel might get scratched up.
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Other straps I have for this watch.
 
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I'm interested, too. A Santos has been on my radar for a while now, and if my AD does not offer me a 36mm Explorer in a reasonable amount of time, I will probably buy a Santos instead. If they put this solar movement in the Santos, I would be all over it ("gimmick" or not). If they did, I suppose it would be more likely to be in the Santos-Dumont line rather than the Santos de Cartier line.

Also, for those of you who have or had the Santos, does it wear larger than expected due to the case shape? Looks like the medium is 35.1mm and the large is 39.8mm. If I bought it, I think I'd prefer no date, but it looks like the large version comes with a date and the medium does not.
If you're not concerned about a 36mm Explorer then you'll be fine with the Medium Santos. I felt like the large wore bigger than (or at least similar to) my Sub.
 

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If you're not concerned about a 36mm Explorer then you'll be fine with the Medium Santos. I felt like the large wore bigger than (or at least similar to) my Sub.
Well, of course I haven't tried on the 36mm Explorer so I don't know whether I'd like it or not. But that's good to know. Unfortunately there's no Cartier AD anywhere near me so if I want to check on this I'll have to find a used one in stock somewhere.
 

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I'm interested, too. A Santos has been on my radar for a while now, and if my AD does not offer me a 36mm Explorer in a reasonable amount of time, I will probably buy a Santos instead. If they put this solar movement in the Santos, I would be all over it ("gimmick" or not). If they did, I suppose it would be more likely to be in the Santos-Dumont line rather than the Santos de Cartier line.

Also, for those of you who have or had the Santos, does it wear larger than expected due to the case shape? Looks like the medium is 35.1mm and the large is 39.8mm. If I bought it, I think I'd prefer no date, but it looks like the large version comes with a date and the medium does not.
I don’t own it though like you, it’s on my radar. I’ve tried the medium on and it actually has good wrist presence. It felt like a larger watch. Perhaps it’s the shape of the case.
 

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Well, of course I haven't tried on the 36mm Explorer so I don't know whether I'd like it or not. But that's good to know. Unfortunately there's no Cartier AD anywhere near me so if I want to check on this I'll have to find a used one in stock somewhere.
Hodinkee gets a lot of well-deserved shit about their retail arm, but it would be nice if there were more options that offered their outstanding return policy. The ability to try something on over the course of a couple days and still return it is quite excellent.
 

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