Watchfinder Grading System – WatchFinder

Grade

Originality

General Condition

Timekeeping

Comments

Overall

New 100% New, flawless. Working perfectly, needs no service or regulation. Watch is unworn. 100%
LNIB 100% Flawless. Working perfectly, needs no service or regulation. Watch looks to be unworn. 100%
Mint 100% Almost flawless; may have been expertly restored or repaired. Working perfectly, needs no service or regulation. Very little use. 98-99%
Near Mint 100% Minor handling blemishes. Working perfectly, needs no service or regulation. May not be Mint b/c missing box & papers. 93-97%
Excellent 100%, maybe some OEM replacements. Evident wear to naked eye on head & bracelet. Working perfectly, needs no service or regulation. Looks to have been used very little. 88-92%
Very Good Original case, dial & movement. May have replacement crystal, hands. Any redial is of high quality. Movement may have minor stain but only minor scratches. Dial may need refinishing. Keeps good time, but may need minor regulation or routine servicing. Shows normal wear by a careful owner, no abuse. 83-87%
Good Case and movement are original. May not have all original parts. No pieces are missing. No brassing. May have low-quality redial. Original dial may have hairline marks that are difficult to see but don't need a loupe. No rust or chipping on the dial. May need routine servicing or regulation. Wear evident. 77-82%
Fair Dial, case & movement may not be original. No pieces are missing. Dial, case and movement show wear. Dial may have hairline marks and small chips. May see rust in movement. May show light brassing or corrosion. May require service or even restoration. Not junk but needs lots of work to be made wearable. Cosmetically rough, shows abuse. Often a working watch. 72-76%
Poor May have missing or many non-original parts. May need replacement of dial, crystal or movement parts. Dial may have serious staining, rust or chips. Crystal may have deep scratches or chips, may be discolored. May see rust, brassing or plate flaking. May require complete restoration or new movement. Shows major damage or wear. Cosmetically very rough. 66-71%
Scrap A collection of parts. Some pieces usually missing. Movement shows some rust or corrosion. Case shows brassing and rust. May require complete restoration or new movement. Many would call it junk. < 66%

 

 

* Dings, nicks and scratches. Scratches are more common than DN and usually happen much faster. Dings and nicks are signs of banging the watch around a lot or a LOT of wrist time.