The descriptions are as complete and detailed as practical to give you a realistic idea
of each item and its condition. Most of the items offered for sale show some signs of use,
however, customers regularly report that their purchases look much better than they expected
from reading the descriptions. To see what our clients have to say, please read their testimonials. Please let us know if you intend to use your watch as a daily
timekeeper; our watches are collectors items and many of them may not be suitable for daily use.
LIKE NEW: In virtually new condition. Except for modern wrist watches,
items are rarely found in this condition.
EXCELLENT: In much better than average condition with virtually no significant flaws.
VERY GOOD: Shows some signs of use but in better than average
condition. Restorations, if any, are of high quality and not obvious.
GOOD: In average condition with signs of use consistent with its age.
Restorations may be obvious.
FAIR: In worse than average condition. May be poorly restored or not restored at all.
Please note that the age of a watch has a bearing on the rating of its condition.
For example, modern wrist watches must meet a higher standard than 17th century
pocket watches. Also, the older the watch, the greater the variance in timekeeping ability.
Unless noted otherwise:
- All watches, clocks and movements are in good running order consistent with their
age and original design.
- There has not been any obvious restoration work.
- Every item is original and no major parts have been replaced.
- Enamel dials and cases are fragile, and damages are often repaired.
Such restorations, although usually beautifully done and not evident, will be
noted in the descriptions. Enamel restorations are usually done with "soft"
enamel which is not resistant to solvents, so appropriate care should be exercised.