A Cartier Crash from the first release of the model sold for $1.65 million at auction Thursday, nearly double the previous auction record for the rare and recognizable best replica Cartier watches that has surged in popularity in recent years.
The 18-carat yellow gold 1:1 UK fake Cartier Crash watches was created at Cartier’s London maison in 1967 and is among the earliest examples of the watch to ever appear at auction, according to Loupe This, the online watch platform that brokered the sale.
The high quality Cartier replica watches is in “excellent” condition, the auction house said, which helped contribute to the seven-figure winning bid, despite an estimated price tag of between $500,000 and $800,000.
Perfect Cartier Crash copy watches have broken auction records on an almost annual basis, with the previously most expensive Crash selling for $816,158 at a Geneva auction in November, breaking the record set just a year prior in 2020 when another Crash offered at Christie’s sold for $225,000 before premiums.
Top replica Cartier Crash watches have only been released in a handful of limited-edition drops tied to specific Cartier boutiques around the world, with the timepieces being exclusively available for purchase in those stores (newer Crash models start at $36,000).
The difficulty of acquiring the watches directly from Cartier has made the cheap Cartier Crash super clone watches among the most coveted by collectors and helped boost its price at auction.
The popularity of Swiss movements Cartier Crash replica watches among celebrities may be contributing to the record-breaking prices fetched by the rare model at auction. Rapper Tyler The Creator donned one in a 2021 music video for his song LUMBERJACK, while Kanye West has showed off his Crash on social media and wore it during a 2019 appearance on David Letterman’s Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. West’s ex wife, Kim Kardashian West, has also been photographed wearing a Crash, as has rapper Jay-Z, who last year wore a modern, skeleton-like version that was released in 2015 to a film premiere.
The origins of the unique, Surrealist shape of the Crash are shrouded in mystery. While the curving watch dial is reminiscent of the limp clocks in Salvador Dali’s 1931 painting The Persistence of Memory, a more dominant theory is that the shape was inspired by a customer who brought in a Baignore–classic oval-shaped Cartier fake watches for sale–to the brand’s London flagship store for repair after it had been badly warped by heat during a car accident, which may have inspired the name Crash.
$31 million. That’s how much the most expensive best quality replica watches to ever sell at auction–a Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A–fetched in 2019 in Geneva. However, luxury watch prices at auction vary greatly, and many fetch only four- or five-figure sums, even at the world’s leading auction houses.