Cartier Santos 100 Replica

Cartier Santos 100 Replica

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Cartier is one of the few brands in the world that is considered both a jewelry and a watches artisan. Its unique style and long tradition are the main reasons why today it is considered a prestigious and exclusivist brand. There are many popular and luxurious timepieces in its portfolio, but the Cartier Santos 100 is its best-selling model.

PICTURE OF GENUINE WATCH

authentic Cartier Santos

The first Cartier Santos was made in 1904 by the notorious Louis Cartier. The watch was a gift for his Brazilian aviator friend, Alberto Santos-Dumont. Due to its overwhelming popularity, in 2004 the brand launched the Santos 100 collection that was basically a larger version of the classic Santos. The line features many aesthetic variations even though the basic design stays the same- the square case is slightly rounded on the sides, the dial has the distinctive Cartier Roman numerals and the hands are sword shaped. The timepiece is classy, luxurious and effortlessly chic- basically, everything you appreciate at a watch. Needless to say, countless replica manufacturers are constantly trying to clone this model, but not all of them manage to do it correctly.

fake cartier santos 100

Comparing the imitation with the genuine is the best way to determine how accurate a fake watch is. Take for instance the pictures included in this article. One is of the authentic product and the other images present the clone’s most important parts. If you pay attention to the details you will start noticing a couple of irregularities.

Replica Cartier Santos XL Dial

Every comparison should start with the dial. This is the most complex part of the watch and on a replica it usually has the most flaws. In this case, the first thing that gives it away is the thickness of the Roman numerals, minutes indexes and the outline of the hands. On the fake watch, these are considerably thinner. Two other mistakes catch your immediate attention. The first one is the “Automatic” word that on the original watch is stamped above the 6 o’clock and on the imitation is completely absent. And the second one is the “Swiss Made” marking that is under the 6 o’clock. On the authentic Cartier it is more spaced apart while on the replica the two words are just too close one to each other.

Knockoff Cartier Santos Clasp

The stainless steel bezel and case seem to be correctly replicated. The rectangular case is nicely brushed whereas the bezel is elegantly polished and decorated with the 8 signature screws. Getting back to the winding crown, this has the same crown guard, the hexagonal shape that is meant for a better grip and the iconic blue gem on its end part. On the caseback we notice the same care for authenticity. The solid back is made from stainless steel, is perfectly brushed and embossed with the Santos 100 name and the serial number.

Fake Cartier Santos Back

Unfortunately, the leather strap isn’t a very good imitation. You don’t need a trained eye to notice that the quality is inferior to the one of the authentic Cartier brown crocodile strap. The fake one is darker color, shinier and has less pronounced lines. Also, it does not have the white stitches on the sides. The one thing about the strap that is pretty similar is the deployment clasp that has the correct markings on its back.

The Cartier Santos 100 is just that kind of watch that amazes with fine craftsmanship and timeless style, has a long history of successful design variations, is easy to wear and extremely luxurious.

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Black Cartier Roaster

Black Cartier Roaster

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The name “Cartier” is synonymous with luxury, wealth and prestige. Simply apply this name on any type of objects, from fragrances to watches and you have the secret for instant success. But let’s not deny the obvious- Cartier is also a skillful manufacturer of high end timepieces. Its prestige touches the highest limits when it comes to exquisitely crafted watches. One of its most appreciated models is the Cartier Roadster which is a splendid design adorned with endless charm and timeless sophistication.

But as any other luxury brand out there, Cartier sells its watches at unbelievable prices. The Cartier Roadster usually starts at $4,200 and this is for the version that does not features any complications and is made from the simplest materials used by the brand. The ones that are made from gold or platinum cost a fortune. This is why, in this article, I will run a quick comparison between a Cartier Roadster replica and the original model, hoping that it will serve you as a very useful guide for identifying high quality knockoffs.

Genuine Cartier Roadster

Genuine Cartier Roadster

If you examine the pictures included in this review you will notice a couple of very huge differences between the genuine Cartier and the imitation watch. For instance, the dial is the biggest problem. This has the most inaccuracies. The black shade and finish of the dial is the same, but the white lines that circle the center of the face should have a rectangular shape. On the imitation watch it has an incorrect round shape.

Black Roadster Front

Black Cartier Roadster Replica 1

Also, the length and shape of the Roman numerals is different than on the authentic Roadster. The same thing goes for the minutes indexes, on the genuine watch the ones for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25…50, 55 and 60 minutes the markers are thicker and longer, but on the fake watch these have the same length and no upper and lower lines. The minutes and hours hands are also distinct. These should be fully coated with luminescent material, but the knockoff has luminor coating just in the center part of the hands. And the mistakes don’t stop here. The date window is also different. Instead of having a black background, it has a white one.

Cartier Black Roadster Replica

The rest of the replica watch seems to be correct. The special designed Cartier Roadster winding crown is identical to the authentic one, the bezel of the watch is the same, and the bracelet has the same shine and design.

Black Roadster Band

Other things you should pay attention to are the quality of the crystal and the inside mechanism. The best available crystal is the sapphire one which is the most resistant and durable one. Unfortunately most replicas have a mineral one which is not as resistant. At the inside, the original Cartier Roadster is equipped with a high quality automatic mechanism. A good replica should have a 21 jewels Japanese Miyota self-winding movement or a 25 jewels Swiss ETA automatic mechanism. As the watch does not feature any complications, my opinion is that a Japanese version does its job very well.

I am sure that by following the above comparison you will be able to determine the differences between any replica and the authentic Cartier Roadster. The goal here is to always find the best quality within your budget range.

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