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    TKNZ Watch Grading System

    Created due to the need to standardise the grading of watches in New Zealand. Sellers had little idea how to grade their watches so many were greatly misrepresented. Buyers had little idea what condition watches purchased would actually be in upon arrival. Loosely based on a number of International Systems but simplified and so easier for 'Non-Experts' to be able to put a grade against a piece. For 'used' watches – a watch never touched or removed from the box is 100% - take it out, put it on in the house it is 99% or less. The average watch on the wrist of the WIS is VG - Exc. i.e. 85 - 90%

    LNIB 99% Worn (likely 1-2 times inside) yet perfect condition – must have everything including boxes, manuals, AD Stamped papers etc - unsized bracelet – no marks other than factory.

    Mint 96-98% Worn a handful of times (not 20 or 30) - in near perfect condition with signs of wear visible through low powered loupe. Working perfectly, keeping excellent time, needs nothing - may be an immaculate restoration or a piece with no papers otherwise LNIB.

    Near Mint 92-95% Light signs of wear to case visible by eye – leather straps shows light use - bracelet may be resized, 100% original in every way, works perfectly, needs nothing.

    Excellent 87-91% Evidence of use more visible than NM, 100% Original - No dents, dings, major scratches, strap or bracelet has little wear. Working perfectly, needs nothing.

    Very good 83-86% Possible to have a very high quality redial otherwise all original – evidence of regular yet careful wear, needs no service except possible regulation – no major dings or scratches.

    Good 76-82% Plainly used considerably however still quite wearable but could do with a full service, can have major scratches or dings, may not have 100% original parts, poor quality redial etc.

    Fair 71-75% Might not be running well enough to wear, complete but not all 100% original, needs service or refurbishment and appears a bit rough to the untrained eye even.

    Poor 65-70% May or may not run at all, needs more work than ‘Fair’, missing parts, severely scratched, dinged – needs professional help.

    Junk < 65% Junk, parts, bits, spares... junk
    Last edited by Admin; 01-08-18, 18:49.