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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 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.
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
I would expect Rolex to have a record of all their watches and if you contact your nearest dealer, they should be able to help you.
You can find a store guide on their web site "rolex.com"
Posted on Feb 22, 2010
mcdevito75 here, any Geneve watch is very good, from the little I know and without seeing the watch, note the hands carefully, if they are thick the watch could be from the 60"s or before. If the hands are thin then the age of the watch could be from the 70"s, the Geneve name though is very good, they also have Geneva name but Geneve is the name to look for. Also a jeweler can give an approx. age.------- Thick hands, 60"s or before, ------- thin hands, 70"s and after.
Posted on Jun 16, 2010
SOURCE: I have an antique bulova
You can't tell actually the date when it is manufactured by the serial number of the case metal.
However if you manage to open the backside and look in the inside there will be markings that will help in the dating of the watch.. Look at the image below for example
as soon as you open the back case there is a symbol (pointing by red arrow) that was being used that time for dating.
From the table below.
Dating at the early 50's are different. 2 digits printed on the backcase signifies the date manufactured.
L indicates 50's
M indicates 60's
N indicates 70's
so if you see a 2 digit stamped on the backcase for example is L2
then it means it is made on 1952.
You will not find this information unless there is a 2 digit on the backcase or you will find a geometric symbol inside the case of your watches.
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Posted on Nov 19, 2010
SOURCE: I NEED TO KNOW YEAR
A Bulova "M5" code would indicate that the watch was made in 1965. Vintage Bulova watches can be dated by this little alphanumeric code:
Lx = 195x Mx = 196x Nx = 197x Px = 198x Tx = 199x
Pre-1950 Bulova watches used a variety of symbols and numbers (e.g., 47 and 48 to designate 1947 and 1948) to show the model year of the watch. A chart of those symbols can be found here: http://www.manleyhorlogerie.com/Watch_History/bulova.htm#Bulova%20Date%20Codes
Posted on Jul 13, 2011
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