Cartier Serial Number Guide for Watches – Complete Guide

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Cartier serial numbers for Watches Guide

The vast majority of luxury watches are equipped with serial numbers. The serial number is unique to the watch and can serve a number of purposes. All manufacturers use different serial number systems, but a serial number usually consists of a series of digits, sometimes also letters.

Cartier is one of the most well-known jewelry and luxury brands in the world. Cartier uses serial numbers for its watches.

Why does Cartier use serial numbers?

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The serial number is like an identification number for the watch. Cartier keeps track of each timepiece that leaves their factory and keeps track of the serial numbers that they carry. Serial numbers can be used to identify counterfeit goods, but they can also give Cartier more information such as production time, as well as to which retailer it was originally sold.

There is no Cartier serial number database online that you can use to search if your Cartier watch is fake. Only Cartier has access to such records. You can consult with Cartier in a Cartier shop, or by email or telephone.

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Note that the serial number may not guarantee that the watch is authentic. Counterfeiters have started to look for the serial numbers of authentic watches online, only to identify which serial number they use, so they can use it for their own watches. Therefore, even if the serial number is in fact used, it’s no guarantee that your watch is real.

The serial number of a Cartier watch is usually engraved/etched on the case back. It’s common to see fake watches have no serial number or only a case back sticker.

The absolute best way to confirm your Cartier watch’s authenticity is to have a skilled watchmaker, Cartier boutique, or contact Cartier and they may be able to help you.

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27 thoughts on “Cartier Serial Number Guide for Watches – Complete Guide

  1. is it possible to register the serial number of a Cartier watch to show it has been stolen? I have recently been scammed when selling my Cartier watch and I am keen to understand if there is a way of checking if someone tries to validate the serial number in the future

    1. Hi,
      Please refer to our guide on how to report this here:

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  2. Üdvözletem!
    Egy Cartier balon bleu 36 mm. Automatik ref: WSBB80048
    Serial number: 132798 BX 4372
    Fake vs/ Real?
    Themks you

    1. Hi
      You can check the watch’s serial number on the Cartier website here:

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  3. Good morning i have a cartier watch and i was interested if it is real or fake and what would it be worth.The serial number on the bach looks like 13-3280.

    1. Hi,
      It’s difficult to authenticate a Cartier solely using the serial number. With this said, we advise having the watch checked by a professional watchmaker to know for certain.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

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