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How to Differentiate a Cartier Replica

Updated February 21, 2017

Cartier replicas come in several varieties ranging from poor to superior quality. Some vendors are upfront about selling Cartier replicas and others try to pass off replicas at retail prices that genuine Cartier watches command. Regardless of the circumstance, there are several ways to differentiate between a replica and a genuine Cartier watch.

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  1. Ask the seller to open the back of the watch and show you the watch movements. Real Cartier watches have "Cartier" engraved on the movements.

  2. Ask to see the Cartier certificate. All genuine Cartier watches come with one.

  3. Examine the crown of the watch for glue. This is a sure sign of a low quality replica.

  4. Take the watch into a dark room or area and gauge how much it glows. Most Cartier watches use something called LumiNova that allow them to glow luminously in the dark. Fakes or replicas often glow poorly or not at all.

  5. Examine the spelling under a magnifying glass. Extremely poor quality fakes will misspell "Cartier" or omit a letter.

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Things You'll Need

  • Magnifying glass

About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."

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