Grading system

All watches listed at WristChronology must

1. be pre-owned and
2. have been worn. Pre-own= sold to a retail customer and no open papers.
3. not have any gradings lower than the grade 5.


Grading system

(10) Like New in Box (LNIB)

A pre-owned watch that has been worn, still it remains in a perfect condition. Accompanied by the factory box(es), tags and documentation. No alterations from factory-delivered conditions, bracelet resizing or marks of any kind.

The warranty papers must be stamped to establish authenticity and validity of the watch. 100%


(9) Mint

A pre-owned watch in a nearly perfect condition. Signs of wear are visible with a low powered loupe. Maybe a watch that is in LNIB condition, but not accompanied by the factory box or with documentation. May also refer to a watch thats in near LNIB condition, meaning in perfect and original factory condition.

The watch works perfectly, keeps excellent time. 98-100%


(8) Near Mint

A watch showing very light signs of wear. Faint hairlines on the case and scratches on the bezel might be visible to the naked eye ( and maybe also appear on the bracelet or buckle if the watch comes with additional original accessories ). The watch is is completely original in every way. Bracelet may be resized.

The watch works perfectly, keeps excellent time. 93-97%


(7) Excellent

Evidence of use in the watch may be visible to the unaided eye. Scratches and hairlines are light, but more numerous than Near Mint. If the watch have had a new crown, main spring or crystal, only original parts have been used. The dial can be from mint to an excellent patina such as; SunBurst-, StarDust-, SpyderWeb-, Tropical-patina etc. In general if any only a few dents, dings and hairlines are detectable.

The watch works perfectly, keeps excellent time. 88-92%


(6) Very Good

Overall, the watch gives a sound, attractive presentation of what would be considered regular light worn watch from as former careful owner. Light scratches and hairlines are evident, but only a very few nicks or dings. If the watch has been restored, only original parts have been used. The dial can be in the range from near perfect condition to very fine and with even patina.

The watch works perfectly, keeps good time. 83-87%


(5) Good

Though the watch has quite obviously been used, there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the watch. Case may show use and has dings, nicks, or surface scratches. May have a very fine to even or odd patina.

 A wearable watch that runs smooth, but it may gain or lose a few seconds over 24 – 48 hours. 77-82%


(4) Fair

Even an untrained eye could tell the watch is close to become worse for wear. A well-used watch that may look used, but it still is working well although its dial and case my look rough. May require restoration of dial as the patina has erased some original features from the dial original design. The watch has all is part intact but they may not be in super perfect condition. Some might call it a roughly used watch which has seen better days.

A watch that may be running erratically, but the mechanics and appearance could be in a far bette state. 66-76%


(3) Poor

The watch shows abuse, requires service and/or restoration. May have major cosmetic flaws, missing parts, may not run at all. A speculative piece, but a ‘fix-up’ may be too generous to bear.

The watch is not junk, but it requires lots of work to be made wearable. It may not add up. 55-65%


(2) Scrap / Parts

This is more a collection of parts than what at one time may have been a functioning timekeeper. Missing parts, may have rust/ corrosion, only worth restoration if your grandfather had it in WWI.

The watch does not work, and most people would call it junk. Probably you should let it go 54%-



Your watch description must be explicitly stated in a full or intermediate grade as set out above.

If your watch does not fall precisely into one of the grade categories, you may use an intermediate indication such as “Good +” and provide a description of why an intermediate grade was used, for example

“Cosmetically rough, but just received a full mechanical overhaul (service, oiling & adjustment), a new strap, and the watch runs perfectly.”
NB: WristChronology does not allow sale of a watch with open papers. It must have been bought by a customer at a point.