I have a pre owned Cartier of this model W10172T2, I have been given a serial number on an authenticity certificate which I have no idea wether its true or not as I cannot find a serial number printed anywhere on the outside or inside of the watch to match it.
secondly I cannot get the 2 side chrongraph buttons to actually sucsesfully operate the 3 chrono dials with any sense, the 10 oclock and 2 oclock located dials just randomly roll around to no where in particular, the dial at 6 oclock seems to work but have no idea how to set this in align with the second hand, is there an instruction manual available? are the chrono dials faulty? please help, your advice would be very much appreciated. I am puzzled.
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From what I can tell, the major differences between the watches:
W20011C4: Quartz Movement (battery) W20058C4: Automatic Movement
W20011C4: Case Thickness - 6.7mm W20058C4: Case Thickness - 8.3mm
W20011C4: Date at 3:00 position W20058C4: Date at 6:00 position
W20011C4: Newer Model W20058C4: Older Model
The W20058C4 is the older watch and will be reflected in the price, as compared to the W20011C4. However, it does have an automatic movement which is much more desirable. It really depends on your taste/budget/preference.
Be very careful about purchasing a secondhand timepiece. There are so many fakes out there. Purchase one from a recognized Cartier dealer or one that guarantees the authenticity of the watch. Do not be lured in by prices that seem too good to be true.
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. --
mcdevito75 here, Not really the serial number, rather a model number, the numbers you need are on the movement itself. Look for a small watch repair shop in your area, they will evaluate your Cartier watch for you.
mcdevito75 here, That may be a screw down crown to help maintain water proofing, Best Bet, look for a small watch repair shop in your area for help with your Cartiers functions, you can also try to contact Cartier online, Cartier watch.com
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.