About Cartier Watches
The Cartier watch company was a favorite of French royalty when Louis-François Cartier started it in 1847, and the company became even more popular by introducing the first wristwatches in 1888. These Cartier ladies' watches were made with gold, diamonds, and other quality materials. The first men's wristwatch was called the Santos, which Cartier introduced in 1904. It was named after a pilot friend of Cartier's who could not use a pocket watch because he needed to keep his hands free while flying. Cartier was very successful, and by 1909, the company had branches in New York, London, and St. Petersburg. Cartier's 1914 watch was the first with panther spots. Later, the company offered panther brooches, bracelets, and rings. The panther became the symbol of the House of Cartier. In the 1920s, Cartier started stamping its watches with four-digit reference numbers. That way, collectors can tell if vintage Cartier watches are authentic, and determine how old they are. You can browse the inventories of the reliable sellers on eBay to find a great deal on a new or used Cartier watch.