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: OK, I admit that I'm a novice and have no
: business thinking about buying expensive
: watches on line, but they're so beauutiful
They are just as beautiful in the showcases at a legitimate, authorized dealer.
: Anyway, could anyone tell me why on some of the
: Cartier watches one of the numbers will have
: a stroke that is constituted of the word
: "Cartier" spelled out rather than
: a solid black line?
I would suspect it is merely a matter of style--brands like Cartier specialize in such subtle stylistic touches.
: I've been trying
: to figure out some authenticity signals,
There are no standard signals of authenticity -- almost anything on an original could be copied on a fake. The best way to tell a fake is to have intimitely studied the details of the genuine originals so you can notice any errors or abberations in how those details were reproduced on the counterfeit versions. Sometimes these detail flaws can be as small as in the 100ths of an inch.