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Condition Grading Scale

Timepiece Condition Grading Scale

Brand New10

New. Perfect condition and never worn. The watch has the original manufacture’s protective plastic (if applicable). It comes with original box and papers. It is working properly, keeping very good time and needs nothing.

Never Worn9.8 to 9.9

New. Perfect condition and never worn. The watch has the original manufacture’s protective plastic (if applicable). It may or may not come with original box or papers. It is working properly, keeping very good time and needs nothing.

Super Mint Condition9.7 to 9.8

Perfect. Looks never worn. As close to new as you can get for a preowned watch. This is the equivalent of a new watch that does not have the original manufacture’s protective plastic (if applicable).  If you remove the protective plastic from a brand new watch, and have not yet worn the watch, it is now in Super Mint Condition. It may or may not come with original box or papers. It is working properly, keeping very good time and needs nothing.

Mint Condition9.5 to 9.7

Near perfect. Looks like new on the wrist. Signs of wear are only visible with a loupe. The band has no stretch or wear. The watch is working properly, keeping very good time and needs nothing.

Super Excellent Condition8.5 to 9.5

Super nice. Very light signs of wear. Watches with the original band will have minimal stretch between the links. The watch is working properly, keeping very good time and needs nothing.

Excellent Condition7.0 to 8.5

Nice. Signs of normal careful wear. Watches with the original band will have moderate stretch between the links. Some older watches with the original band may have more than moderate stretch. The watch is working properly, keeping good time, but may gain or lose up to 30 seconds over 24 hours (unless the watch has been serviced).

Fair Condition5.0 to 7.0

Fair. Signs of heavy wear. Watch may have a few dings, nicks, or deep scratches The band has severe stretch between the links. The watch is working, but may gain or lose a few minutes over 24 hours (unless the watch has been serviced).

Poor ConditionLess than 5

Poor. Signs of extreme heavy wear, damage, or abuse. Major cosmetic and/or mechanical flaws that directly affect the integrity of the watch. The watch may be missing parts and/or may not run at all. We do not recommend this watch to be worn in this condition. Requires a lot of work to be made wearable.

This timepiece is most suitable for:

  • A watchmaker looking for a “parts” watch so they can use the “usable” parts to service or restore their customer’s watches.
  • A buyer that is looking for a challenging “fixer upper” watch. A speculative timepiece. They understand that lot of work must be done to this watch to be made wearable.
  • A buyer that is looking to replace a “lost” or “family heirloom” watch that in this condition. For many people, a Rolex is so much more than just a timepiece.

Vintage
Rolex

We do NOT guarantee timing accuracy, consistency or functionality in any way unless we service this Rolex prior to shipping.

Due to the age of this timepiece, Rolex no longer produces parts for this generation model’s movement. This means that Rolex will not be able to service this timepiece. You will need to have access to an independent Rolex watchmaker that has (or can source) used original Rolex and/or new aftermarket parts for this movement for routine service and maintenance. If you are looking for a more reliable timepiece that comes with a warranty, we suggest looking at a newer generation of this model so that Rolex would still produce parts for the movement.

With all that being said, we can service this watch prior to shipping for an additional cost. The estimated time frame is 2 to 4 weeks. Please keep in mind that because our Rolex Master Watchmaker would be replacing any worn out parts with used original Rolex and/or new aftermarket parts, the service/maintenance requirements may be more frequent compared to newer models. It’s important to note that having a vintage Rolex watch serviced does not mean it will function and keep time like a new watch. A serviced vintage Rolex watch will run and function to the best of it’s ability. Its like owning a “classic car” from the early/mid 20th century.

This timepiece is most suitable for:

  • A watchmaker looking for a “parts” watch. Rolex does not produce the parts for this movement anymore. Many watchmakers are always on the “hunt” for these watches so they can use the parts to service or restore their customer’s watches.
  • A buyer that is not concerned with timing accuracy, consistency and/or functionality. They are looking for a Rolex that is more of a “piece of jewelry”…rather than a source for timekeeping.
  • A buyer that has (or can source) used original Rolex and/or new aftermarket parts necessary to do their own service and maintenance.
  • A buyer with access to a watchmaker that has (or can source) used original Rolex and/or new aftermarket parts for routine service and maintenance.
  • A buyer that is looking to replace a “lost” or “family heirloom” watch. For many people, a Rolex is so much more than just a timepiece.

Vintage
Other Brands(Non-Rolex)

In general, a vintage watch will not function or keep time like a new watch. Factors such as the manufacturer, model, age, and how well the watch was maintained through the years will contribute to the accuracy, reliability and functionality of the watch.

Most vintage watches can be serviced, but due to the age, parts may no longer be available. This means that the manufacturer may no longer be able to service the watch. You will need to have access to an independent watchmaker that has (or can source) used original and/or new aftermarket parts for this movement for routine service and maintenance. It’s important to note that having a vintage watch serviced does not mean it will function and keep time like a new watch. A serviced vintage watch will run and function to the best of it’s ability. Its like owning a “classic car” from the early/mid 20th century.

A vintage timepiece is most suitable for:

  • A Collector looking to add to their collection and understands any of the limitations regarding the timepiece being purchased.
  • A watchmaker looking for a “parts” watch. Many watchmakers are always on the “hunt” for watches that they can use the parts from to service or restore their customer’s watches.
  • A buyer that is not concerned with timing accuracy, consistency and/or functionality.
  • A buyer that can source the parts necessary to do their own service and maintenance.
  • A buyer that is looking to replace a “lost” or “family heirloom” watch. For many people, a watch is so much more than just a source for timekeeping.

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