The Hollywood sex symbol of his day, Valentino was so attached to his perfect replica Cartier Tank that he insisted on wearing it when playing the lead in the 1926 silent movie The Son of the Sheikh. Swiss made fake Cartier got the kind of free global publicity for their flagship watch that brands can only dream of today, and it set the copy watch on the path to icon status, later worn by everyone from Princess Diana to Muhammad Ali.
But what happened to Valentino’s personal luxury replica Cartier Tank? Given his attachment to the watch and the fact that he had no children to bequeath it to, it was likely interred with him in his crypt in a Los Angeles cemetery.
Suffice to say if it ever does turn up aaa quality fake Cartier will be worth a six-figure sum, at least.