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Well OT: Advice re Cartier for my daughter, please.......

February 10 2013 at 8:00 AM

  (Login rapers)
High Heid Yin
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My daughter's thinking of buying a Cartier watch on Ebay, but is a bit nervous. The link is here

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150991142903

I know absolutely nothing about Cartier, and would be hugely grateful if anyone here could advise - is this a fake, what's a reasonable price, and anything else that might be relevant.

Many thanks for any advice!

 
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(Login Bruno.M1)
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a bit more info

February 10 2013, 9:28 AM 


I've seen a few of these but not often. These were probably made in the early 1990's and belonged to the 'must de Cartier' line.

Cartier had 3 groups of watches.


1/ Must de Cartier
Those were the cheap entry level watches. afaik always quartz.
'Must de Cartier' was somethimes printed on the dial but not always
Some were steel, others steel and gold but the gold was very often gold plated.
Price at that time was more or less 1000 - 1500 euro

2/ Cartier
Those were the watches we all know, price range in the 1990's started at more or less 2000
and the movements were almost always ETA based. Most famous was probably the Pasha
Good watches

3/ Cartier Paris - Collection PriveƩ
The best they offered. I don't think they were inhouse at that time but they did use better than
the average movements. It was not a cheap ETA but for example a JLC or F.Piguet. AND they really
did put some effort in the finishing. Not comparable with Patek ofcourse but much better than any
Panerai / Rolex / IWC / ...
I think they started at 10K and went much higher if you wanted a tourbillon.



Now, Since I got addicted more than 20 years ago happy.gif I knew these 'Must de Cartier' but being a watch fan
those quartz pieces were not what I was looking for happy.gif So I know a bit of them but not very much.
But I do remember 1 specific model and that was the 'Cartier 21' . I would have bought it if it was not a quartz.
22 till 25 years ago this was by far the most popular Cartier in the 'Must de Cartier' line. I do remmeber these
had a 1200 euro price tag at that time. 1200 was for the model with steel bracelet, the same watch with leater strap
was probably a few hundred less.
So if your daughter wants such a Cartier I would reccommend her to look at the 21.
These will be available starting from 700 - 800 euro.
The watch in the ebay link will be cheaper because it was and is not popular, the 21 on the other hand still sells pretty well
in the secondhand market.




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wanne see more watch pictures ? http://www.bruno-wristwatches.blogspot.com/

 
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(Login rapers)
High Heid Yin
80.2.125.32

Brilliant stuff, Bruno! Many many thanks! Any more gratefully received. nt

February 10 2013, 9:32 AM 

nt

 
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(Login Bruno.M1)
84.197.251.83

21

February 10 2013, 10:47 AM 



Well I don't know her age and her budget but if this fits her budget, and most important ofcourse .... if SHE likes it

let her see these 2

the 21 steel and gold

http://www.chrono24.be/cartier/must-21--id2284512.htm?dosearch=true&merchantLogin=stoycos&picnum=0&tab=pics&urlSubpath=%2Fsearch%2Findex.htm


the 21 steel

http://www.chrono24.com/en/cartier/must-21--id2284513.htm?dosearch=true&merchantLogin=stoycos&picnum=0&tab=pics&urlSubpath=%2Fsearch%2Findex.htm&SETLANG=en_GB&SETCURR=GBP

(---> I don't know this French seller so if she would consider one of those, try to get more info about him)


I would prefer this '21' because imo it has a much more timeless design, the one in the Ebay link looks so 1980's - 1990's happy.gif
Like said before the 21 was and still is a popular model. The ebay model is for sure discontinued already a long time ago.
The 21 might still be in production, if not it was in production less than 5 years ago. A few years ago they had a quartz chrono with steel or rubber strap, that watch sold for more than 2500 euro.


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wanne see more watch pictures ? http://www.bruno-wristwatches.blogspot.com/

 
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(Login rapers)
High Heid Yin
80.2.125.32

Thanks again! nt

February 10 2013, 12:04 PM 

nt

 
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T
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thats a really great response! (nt)

February 10 2013, 1:57 PM 


 
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Kevin O'Dell
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Watch is real. Looks mint...these 90s models are being sold at a great value these days...

February 10 2013, 4:20 PM 

I can't believe it. Good luck on the bid wink.gif

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(Login rapers)
High Heid Yin
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Thanks, Kevin. Fingers crossed! nt

February 10 2013, 10:10 PM 

nt

 
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(Login philwongnz)
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Re: Well OT: Advice re Cartier for my daughter, please.......

February 10 2013, 11:56 PM 

I study reps on rep forums. I don't think I have seen a rep of this model.

Good luck to your daughter with the watch happy.gif

 
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(Login rapers)
High Heid Yin
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Thank you! nt

February 11 2013, 10:14 AM 

nt

 
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Simon
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Import taxes?

February 11 2013, 3:16 PM 

Do bear in mind that there will likely be taxes to pay if the watch is shipped form New York to the UK. Not saying it's a deal breaker in itself but make sure you factor it into the price you are willing to pay.

 
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(Login rapers)
High Heid Yin
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A timely piece of advice. Many thanks! nt

February 11 2013, 6:29 PM 

nt

 
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