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Re: Fake or not
Generally you have to open the watch to see the movement but a lot of fakes are plain workmanship flaws. A real Cartier will not be made from base metal. It will be made from stainless steel or precious metal. A real Cartier will most likely be built with screws in the band instead of cotter pins. When you pull the crown to set there will be no play in the set lever. In other words when you spin it, it will begin to turn the hand immediately and there will be a slight resistance. It will not feel loose. As stated, the best way to tell is to look at the movement. Cartier uses a high grade Swiss movement most likely marked ETA.
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I keep saying the same thing on this board; call Cartier and describe the watch to them, you could also take digital photos of it & email them. They are always going to be your best resource for vintage or any other type Cartier watches. You can Google their number. Having said that, your watch seems like it may be a REPLICA ( meaning, fake, I'm sorry) 'Cartier' Argent, which may be worth around $250. It is not a real Cartier. There's no way even a charity shop would sell an authentic Cartier for anything under $1,000. I am sorry to disappoint you, and if you don't feel you can count on my say-so, you are welcome to call Cartier & verify what I've said.
To look up the steel ligter serial number is very easy ,I specialize in buying and selling Cartier watches. I've seen fakes with
all the correct marks and a serial number, but that doesn't mean they
are legitimate. If the watch was registered by Cartier when it was sold
or if it has been sent in to Cartier for service Cartier will be able to
verify it is authentic, but be aware that if the watch was not
originally sold in North America or was not registered when sold (fairly
common) it can still be authentic. Some sellers offer the Cartier
quartz model for sale and only state that the watch has a quartz
movement, but fail to mention if it has a Cartier quartz
movement. If it has a replacement movement in it the watch is
technically authentic, but not original and is not worth as much as one
with an original or a genuine Cartier replacement movement. The biggest
mistake I've seen amateur Cartier buyers make is using the Cartier
micro-script signature on the Roman numeral to verify authenticity.
Indeed this is a good indicator, but not the best indicator as there
were many Cartier watches produced prior to the technology required to
make the micro-script possible and not all Cartier watches have Roman
numerals for the dial to have the micro-script signature. Furthermore,
the micro-script is not always located at the same place and if the dial
has been refinished it may not appear at all. Another common problem is
actually caused by language differences, i.e. "all original versus
"authentic". A watch can be authentic without being all original. Unless
someone has owned the watch since it was new and it has never left
their sight it is impossible for them to state the watch is "all
original" as a part could have been replaced at some point in time --
even without their knowledge. Your best bet is to buy from a reputable
seller even if you have to pay slightly more money. --
Visit an authorized Cartier watch dealer at a high-end jewelry store. Use a jeweler's loupe to inspect the Cartier logo, the dial, the hour, minute and second hands, color, case back and the movement, which is the small electronic or mechanical device that runs the watch. Also examine the bracelet or strap for future comparisons of Cartiers at other dealers. Obtain a copy of the Cartier sales brochure or catalog and read it.
Inspect the movement by asking the seller to remove the case back to view it. It will be engraved with the Cartier name. If the seller balks at the request, don't buy the watch. The seller may have something to hide, according to Spotcounterfeits.co.uk.
Consider the heft of the Cartier if you are considering purchasing a watch from an independent seller. Knockoff Cartiers are considerably lighter than the genuine article because they are made with cheap materials. Examine the Cartier logo to see if it's spelled correctly. Knockoffs usually originate from non-English speaking countries where English is not the primary language and workmanship is poor.
Drop a tiny bit of water on the crystal. Cartiers feature a sapphire glass crystal, in which the water beads on contact. If the water smears, the crystal is a cheap imitation.
Examine the Cartier trademark polished cabochon gemstone on the crown. The stone should be set firmly in the crown but not glued on. Use a jeweler's loupe to look for traces of glue.
Examine the Cartier logo of twin Cs on the case back, dial and strap buckle. The logos should be gracefully produced with no rough stamping.
mcdevito75 here, Eterna, a nice watch with a fair collector value, It would pay to have it looked at. I am Mike D and I do work on watches, specially vintage, Locate me in the service repair secton uner watches right here at fixya, botttom of Profile page click on service repair directory, then watches, then locate me at RITE TIME BASICs, I will be glad to look at your watch, Exams are FREE.
You can distinguish real or fake.the real is heavy than the fake,fake is lighter.the color the real one is not to shine is dull,the fake is very shiney compare to real,the metal they use the real uses stainless,titanium and gold.The fake is nickel plate or zinc metal.the engraving the real is deep seated engraving,the fake is on the top only not so deep.I can't say your watch is real or fake,basing on serial number,the emitator can emitate the number.I gave you a tip how you know the real or fake.
Seller could give good serial # number fake watch. Contact Cartier on Bond street with serial # to make sure it was serviced and have them ship. EWorth it to know it is real. Many fakes are out there. If real cheap usually a fake.