There are two types of luxury watch brands today when it comes to a history of value. There are some brands which ascended to a luxury position after being a tool or instrument watchmaker for many years. This often occurs when their products or technology is technically outdated, but there is still a high-level of appreciation for their products. So to remain in business, these companies reduce production, ideally increase quality, and sell their items as enthusiast products. This is the case for many of today’s luxury watches brands. The quartz watch revolution forced them to go up, or get out.
Then there are other watchmakers who have a real history of luxury. These are companies who have often been producing timepieces for the very rich for a very long time. Brands such as this are rare, and most of them are very well known. Examples are brands such as Patek Philippe replica watches, Vacheron Constantin replica watches, and of course Breguet replica watches. What makes these brands extremely legitimate as luxury product makers is that they have been doing so for a very long time. In the case of Breguet, it wasn’t so much a desire to make exclusively luxury products back in the 18th and 19th centuries, but rather a reality of what it cost to produce timepieces. These marvels of technology were things only the ultra rich could afford.
Fake Cartier Watches are one of the most singularly iconic pieces of jewelry in history. They’re highly recognizable, highly covet-able, and highly symbolic. So it goes with luxury goods, this combination usually leads to knockoffs. We happened to catch one such knockoff at our showroom, and wanted to share with you so you won’t be fooled by fake Cartier. So, how do you tell if a Cartier Watches is real or Replica?
First, we go back to the beginning of the Cartier replica watches story. In the 1970’s, when Aldo Cipullo started creating these famed bracelets, they hadn’t yet become the icons they are today. They were popular and chic, but weren’t stamped with serial numbers. Counterfeiters seized this absence of i.d. as an opportunity to start churning out fakes at a rapid rate. In fact, it’s estimated that up to half of the Watchess from the 70’s are replicas.
If you take a look at the screw stamps, you’ll see the screws on the fake are all wrong. The indentation for the screwdriver is crooked on some, uneven in others, in some cases it slopes down to meet the outer perimeter of the screw stamps. Moreover, the clean lines of the authentic Cartier Watches’s stamps all but disappear on the fake’s screw outlines. See how the outer shape of the screws is softer? And note that the metal outside of the screws has an almost puffy quality to it. The authentic Love bangle, on the left, is smooth and even with crisp screws stamped right into the gold with no compromise of the surrounding metal.
The best way to spot a fake Cartier Love bangle is by looking for the lack of attention to detail that every Cartier piece is imbued with. Knockoff Cartier Watches are just like every other form of counterfeit goods – they just don’t compare to the original. When it comes to quality, longevity, and your overall happiness with your purchase, you are much better off saving for your dream Watches, finding a jeweler you can trust, and cherishing this iconic piece for the rest of your life when it’s finally yours
A lot of illegal copies of software, clothing, DVDs, games and watches are being offered on those sites. The most famous market site in The Netherlands for example, is www.marktplaats.nl, and if you do a search for Omega, Rolex, Panerai, Breitling, Cartier or any other famous brand, you will be amazed by the amount of watches being offered. A lot of them are one-time offers by private sellers, but there is also a big amount that is being offered by wholesale ‘companies’. I doubt if they have any form of administration :-).
Can you make, in this example, Marktplaats.nl responsible? I think not. Like eBay (Marktplaats.nl is part of the eBay company), there is a link at every item-page that can be clicked if an item is not allowed. You can’t expect such sites to check every item that is being offered. Making it possible to warn them about such fraud, is the best and maybe only thing they can do about it.
As for possible buyers… the golden rule is that if an offer seems to good to be true, it probably is.. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean models for 119 Euro? Sure. Besides that, it will be more difficult to attract people who have original/authentic items to offer. You don’t want your expensive watch for sale with all those fakes, right? It doesn’t make sense, because the target audience is probably looking for fakes only. At least most of them are. Take your business to professional watch market sites like www.chrono24.com¬or have it sold in consignation.
The online market sites are booming business. eBay paid Euro 225 million to get Marktplaats.nl. And they probably will be for the next years to come, because you can get decent items from such sites. Just be carefull with luxury brands…