Rolex enthusiasts often ask us about the condition of a Rolex watch and how they can correctly grade one. Below we’ve listed five categories. Most watch collectors and dealers grade the condition of Rolex watches based on these descriptions. Also, that the timepiece is 100% Rolex original (no aftermarket dials, bezels or bracelets).
New – Purchased at an Authorized Rolex dealer with manufacturer’s protective stickers in tact. Original box with warranty papers made out in your name. Never worn. 100% Rolex original.
Mint – Pre-owned Flawless and unblemished. No scratches. Minimal to no stretch in band. 100% Rolex original.
Excellent – Minor wear. Eye clean condition (need a loupe to see scratches). Average to moderate band stretch. 100% Rolex original.
Very Good – Wear is evident but relatively clean. Minor scratches. May need refinishing. Crystal may have been replaced. Stretch in bracelet but very wearable. 100% Rolex original
Fair – These are watches that have evident wear and have been serviced previously leading to possible replacement of crystal, possible refinishing of the dial. Nicks and scratches. Bracelet may need to be replaced. Still 100% Rolex original.
Vintage – These watches start from the 1970’s and go back to the beginning of fine Swiss watchmaking over the last 100 years. The timepieces have wear such as scratches, dings, dents, cracks or staining in the dial, dial fading etc. These watches should never be polished as collectors prefer them in their untouched original state.
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