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    Annoying words used to describe vintage watches

    So, a propos of nothing, some of my least favorite inappropriate and misapplied words and phrases used to describe vintage watches:


    Calatrava—I see this word used to describe all kinds of dials, and not just on Hodinkee. Is there actually some standard for this, beyond Patek Philippe?

    Military (or “military style”)—ditto. I know there are standards for military watches, but you’d never guess it on eBay.

    Bauhaus—there is actually a kind of recognizable style for this, but I’ve seen the word applied to just about anything, sometimes apparently confused with “art deco.”

    “Rare vintage brevete watch,” as if breveté were the name of a watch company or style—how hard is it to look up the French word for “patented"?

    Crankier than usual today.
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    How about the word rare being overused, you'd think an Elgin pocket watch that was made by the millions there would still be more then a few around.

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    Re: Annoying words used to describe vintage watches

    Quote Originally Posted by tmessenger View Post
    How about the word rare being overused, you'd think an Elgin pocket watch that was made by the millions there would still be more then a few around.
    This is the winner for me, no question. The word "rare" is so over-used that I have realized I completely ignore it now; just to keep my sanity.

    I will add a few:

    "mint"
    "NOS"
    "original" (as in "the original dial has been professionally refinished")
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    Re: Annoying words used to describe vintage watches

    Yeah, as soon as something looks good it must be NOS.

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    Re: Annoying words used to describe vintage watches

    Or,

    "Like NOS" and "minty," which of course mean "not NOS" and "not mint."

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    Favorite words used describe watches on Ebay.

    Overwound.

    Waterlogged.

    Basketcase.

    Forparts.

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    Re: Annoying words used to describe vintage watches

    Along these lines, I posted this many years ago on Timezone.

    For the benefit of those who have not yet figured out the precise meanings of words used to describe watches on the Sales Corner, I've put together a handy quick reference guide:

    RARE = obscure, and probably undesirable

    MINTY = leaves a fresh feeling in your mouth if you suck on it for several minutes (remember though: sucking on a non-waterproof watch could cause damage to the timepiece; conversely, the safer diver's models tend to be very big, and the large crowns may scrape sensitive tissue)

    VINTAGE = manufactured sometime prior to 2000

    CLASSIC = smaller than 40mm (without crown)

    REDUCED = the seller either initially priced the item ridiculously high, or it's unlikely to be sold at any price

    REDUCED AGAIN = see above (and probably the latter)

    FINAL REDUCTION = seller will probably accept 70% of the stated "final" price, and pay postage plus the Paypal fee

    SPRING CLEANING = seller will likely accept $50.00 for the whole lot

    STUNNING = just remember that's it's quite possible to be stunned by ugliness

    BEAUTIFUL = perhaps in the eye of the beholder, who happens to be the seller

    COLLECTABLE = somebody in the world owns more than one

    LNIB = cosmetically fine, but less accurate than a $19.00 quartz watch

    LIKE NEW = mint condition (at best)

    MINT = excellent condition (at best)

    EXCELLENT = very good condition (at best)

    VERY GOOD = good condition (at best)

    GOOD = fair condition (at best)

    FAIR = unsalvageable condition

    Finally, for most efficient browsing, keep the following tip in mind: the more exclamation points there are following a description, the less likely it is to be accurate!

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    Re: Favorite words used describe watches on Ebay.

    "Many new parts, priced to sell" Yeah, bring your leash and drag this dog home!!
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    Re: Annoying words used to describe vintage watches

    Over-wound the real definition: the mainspring is broken.

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    Re: Annoying words used to describe vintage watches

    Quote Originally Posted by tmessenger View Post
    Over-wound the real definition: the mainspring is broken.

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