What is the TZ Scale?
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    Question What is the TZ Scale?

    Could someone point me to a definition to the TZ watch grading scale?

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    Re: What is the TZ Scale?

    I know this is a really old thread but since I was looking up this myself and ran into this thread I thought I would go ahead and answer this first with the direct link to the page:

    Sales Corner Guidelines: Supplemental Provisions and Definitions | TimeZone

    Then post the excerpt that gives the actual info - since I found that directing to the TZ forum, depending on your defaults puts you at the homepage regardless of the weblink address and then you have to log in and then search the site . . . that can be hassle for some if you aren't already a member there. So, here is the watch grades for Timezone:

    LNIB: A pre-owned watch that has been worn, yet is in pristine condition. Accompanied by the factory box(es), tags and documentation. No alterations from factory-delivered condition. The warranty papers must be stamped to establish the authenticity and validity of the watch; TimeZone does not allow sales of watches with “open papers.” No bracelet resizing or marks of any kind. 100%

    Mint: A pre-owned watch that is in very nearly perfect condition. Signs of wear are visible with a low powered loupe. May be a watch that is in LNIB condition but not accompanied by the factory box(es) or documentation. May refer to an older watch that has been restored, so long as the restoration returned the watch to very nearly pristine factory original condition. Working perfectly, keeping excellent time, needs nothing. 97-99%

    Near Mint: Showing very light signs of wear. Faint scratches on the case, bezel, bracelet or buckle are visible to the naked eye. Completely original in every way. Strap shows light use – may be bent or lightly creased, but not stained. Bracelet may be resized. The watch is working perfectly, keeping very good time and needs nothing. 93-96%

    Excellent: Evidence of use is visible to the unaided eye. Scratches are light, but more numerous than “near mint”. If the watch has been restored, all original replacement parts have been used. Strap clearly used but no stains. No dents or dings are detectable, and the bracelet has little wear. Working perfectly, needs no repair or service. 88-92%

    Very good: The watch shows what might be considered normal wear by a careful owner who wore the watch regularly. Scratches are evident, but no nicks or dings. May have replacement parts and/or a high quality redial. Running and keeping good time, though may need minor regulation. A sound, attractive presentation overall. 83-87%

    Good: Nothing fundamentally wrong with the watch, though it has quite obviously been used. Running and wearable, but may gain or lose a few minutes over 24 hours. Case may show a few dings, nicks, or deep scratches. May have a redial that is not up to high standards. May not have all original parts. 77-82%

    Fair: Well used, may require service and/or restoration to be useable. May be running erratically. Dial, case, and other major components may not be original, but no pieces are missing. Even an untrained eye could tell the watch is worse for wear. Some might call it rough. 72-76%

    Poor: Shows abuse, requires service and/or restoration. May have major cosmetic flaws, missing parts, may not run at all. A speculative piece – ‘fixer-upper’ would be too generous. Not junk, but requires lots of work to be made wearable. 66-71%

    Scrap/Parts: A collection of parts that at one time may have been a functioning timekeeper. Now missing parts, may be rusted or corroded, not worth restoring. Most people would call it junk. 64% or worse.

    Your watch description must expressly state one of the grades set out above, or an intermediate grade. If your watch does not fall precisely into one of the grades, 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, new strap, and runs perfectly.”
    Last edited by Ranger822; May 8th, 2016 at 20:55.
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    Re: What is the TZ Scale?

    Quote Originally Posted by stuffler,mike View Post
    Holy revival. I was starting college when this thread was last active.

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