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Jones and Horan Official Grading System (Abbreviations below)
 
The Jones & Horan plain English grading system follows this general order from top to bottom for mvts, component parts, metal dials, hands and cases: Pristine (without defect, untouched) | Mint | Near Mint | Excellent | Fine (the average grade for most used, running watches) | Fair | Poor. We no longer use "good" as a grade as it can be misleading, so it only applies to function (see below). We then describe any salient defects that should be called to the attention of the potential buyer.

With respect to wear, we also use the following terms in order: No wear | Hardly any wear | Very little wear | Little wear | Very light wear | Light wear | Medium wear | Ample wear | Substantial or abundant wear | Worn out. These general terms are used in combination with precise descriptions of defects for further elaboration where needed.

Enamel dials are not necessarily graded, but called "flawless" when free of cracks, chips or hairlines, which are structural and always noted. As-made in the factory finish imperfections or graphical defects may be present on a "flawless" dial, and may be noted separately.

The term, "Good," is only used alone to indicate that the watch or its function is doing what it should be doing, as in "good running order, good repeat function and tone, good chronograph and date functions," etc. These functions are not rated or graded. "Good crystal" means without meaningful defect.

"Running"
 only means that the balance and escapement are performing in healthy fashion and without apparent defect, but does not guarantee timekeeping or warrantee future performance; unless otherwise noted, our timepieces are not serviced by us, and we do not know when they were last serviced from our sources. We do our best to indicate any potential problems or needs for repair.
 
 
 
 
Key To Abbreviations
  
APW
American pocket watch
cal
caliber
ct
carat weight
ctw
total carat weight for multiple stones
DS
double sunk (for dials)
dwt
pennyweight (20 per ounce troy)
EPW
European pocket watch
g
gram (31.1 per troy ounce)
GJS
gold jewel setting(s)
HC
hunting case
hl
hairline
hls
hairlines
J
jewel(s)
K
karat of gold quality
KW
key-wind
KWKS
 key-wind key-set
LS
lever set
mm
millimeter 
mvt
movement 
NOS
new old stock
NR
not running
OF
open face
PW
pocket watch
QS
quick set
ref
reference 
RR
railroad 
S
size 
s#
serial number
SS
single-sunk (for dials) 
SW-LS
stem-wind lever-set
SW-SS
stem-wind stem-set
WW
wristwatch
  
 
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Tel: 603-623-5314
Fax: 603-626-5974
Email: auctions@jones-horan.com
          
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