The following is an explanation of the condition statements used for watches.

 

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The following is an explanation of the condition statements used for watches.
 


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Watches at Auction - Glossary of terms

The following is an explanation of the condition statements used for watches.

1. Excellent: Case with sharp edge detail and possibly with a slight trace of wear; may have minor light surface scratches; case back opening grooves (if any) with sharp detail. Dial with original finish (unless stated) and without toning; the applied indexes (if any) and hands in mint condition. Winding and setting functions were operative at the time of cataloguing (unless otherwise stated) but may need service subsequently. MOVEMENT MAY NEED SERVICE.

2. Very Good: Case edge detail possibly rounded by light wear or polish; may have light surface scratches and small dents; case back opening grooves (if any) possibly with some light burring. Dial possibly with light toning; the applied indexes (if any) and hands in very good condition (unless stated). Movement possibly with a few minor tool marks. Winding and setting functions were operative at the time of cataloguing (unless otherwise stated) but may need service subsequently. MOVEMENT MAY NEED SERVICE.

3. Good: Case possibly with rounded edge detail; may have numerous light to medium surface scratches and some dents; case back opening grooves (if any) possibly with some medium burring. Dial possibly with medium toning (unless stated); the applied indexes (if any) and hands may have light surface scratches and toning. Movements possibly with numerous tool marks. Winding and setting functions were operative at the time of cataloguing (unless otherwise stated) but may need service subsequently. MOVEMENT MAY NEED SERVICE.


 

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