Watch Terms Every Watch Collector Should Know


If you are looking to learn more about various watch terms every watch collector should know, you found the right watch blog to learn more. This blog post will help you with the most used words people who buy and sell watches used often. I do not want you to be like me who had a hard time to figure out what AD means, Yes I was one of the people who had no clue about Authorized Dealer abbreviations was. It never hurts to learn more, especially about the topic you are so passionate.

If you are planning to sell or buy a luxury watch on various online marketplaces, you might see some of these terms.  When I started to buy watches online, I had to find or ask my friends, what those terms mean. Lucky for you do not have to.

When you are going to look at various forums or watch marketplace, you might notices in the title some of the short abbreviations you can see below.

For example, FS: Omega Seamaster Spectre full set

That indicates that the specific watch is FOR SALE

The Watch Terms

Buy and Selling Watches Abbreviation

FS =     For Sale

MSRP=    Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price

WTS=    Want To Sell

WTB=    Want To Buy

WTT=    Want To Trade

BUMP= Bring Up My Post

Ttt=    To The Top

OHPF=    On Hold Pending Funds

CONUS= Contiguous United States

LE = Limited Edition

When buying watches online, you should know, the condition of the watch prior purchase. These watch terms will help you make educated decisions before you pull the trigger and spend your hard-earned money.

Just keep in mind that not every seller has the same ranking about the watch they are selling. I have purchased one watch, which was described as Very Good, but in my eyes, it was Good at best. The key is to ask for more pictures and videos because you want to make sure that you get the watch you fell you are getting.

Condition of the Watch

NOS=    New Old Stock (unworn condition and likely no longer available for sale at ADs or boutiques)

BNIB=    Brand New In Box (unworn current model available from Manufacturers)

LNIB=    Like New In Box ( A pre-owned watch that is in Perfect Condition.    The watch has complete boxes papers)

Mint =    A pre-owned watch that is near perfect condition. In other words, you cannot tell the watch was worn.

Near Mint= The watch has very slight signs of wear on the bezel, strap which are visible to naked eye.

Excellent= You can tell the watch was used by just looking at it — only light scratches which are visible more often than near mint condition.

Very Good= The watch shows regular signs of wear, but no nicks or dings on the watch

Good= You can tell the watch been used well. The strap might show signs of wear, and you might need to regulate the watch

Fair=    Shows abuse and watch possible need service or restoration.

Poor=     Showing strong signs of abuse such as deep scratches, nicks, and potential problems with the timekeeping. The watch needs a full overhaul.

Scrap /Parts = good for parts

Full Set = Original Box (Outer and Inner box, Warranty card, booklets, and other cards), however, if you have a LE (limited edition) you might have more items.

There are many great watch brands; however, one of the top watch brands people like to search about are OMEGA, Rolex, and Audemar Piquet.

OMEGA Watches

AT=        Aqua Terra

BA=        Broad Arrow

DSOM=     Dark Side of the Moon

FOIS=        First Omega in Space

PO=        Planet Ocean

PO LM=    Planet Ocean Liquidmetal

SMP=         Seamaster Professional

Speedy=    Omega Speedmaster

Rolex Watches

DJ=    Datejust

DJII=    Datejust II

DRSD=    Double Red Sea-Dweller

DSSD=    Deep Sea Sea-Dweller

Exp=    Rolex Explorer

SD=     Seadweller

Sub=    Submariner

SubC=     Submariner ceramic bezel

SubND=Submariner No Date

OP =     Oyster Perpetual

JUB =     Jubilee Bracelet

Audemars Piquet

RO= Royal Oak

ROO= Royal Oak Offshore

You are probably familiar with many watch brands listed below. If you are interested in Watch Brands around the world, you might like this article.

ALSA=Lange & Söhne

A&S= Arnold and Son

AP= Audemars Piquet

B&M= Baume & Mercier


FC= Frederique Constant

GG= Gerald Genta

GO= Glashutte Original

GP= Girard-Perregaux

IWC Schaffhausen= International Watch Co.

JLC= Jaeger-LeCoultre

MB= Mont Blanc

ML= Maurice Lacroix

PAM= Officine Panerai

PP= Patek Philippe

UN= Ulysse Nardin

VC= Vacheron Constantin

Now you got familiar with some important term, and it’s time to learn more about watch part and their materials acronyms which might be used by some of the watchmakers.

AR = Anti-reflective coating

BAR = Pressure/Depth rating

BPH = Beats per hour ie. 28,800 bph, 36,000 bph

Cal = Calibre (of a movement)

COSC = Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres” (Certified Chronometer)

HEV = Helium Escape Valve

MOP = Mother Of Pearl

OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer

Serti dial = a watch dial that is set with precious stones

SL / L = Super Luminova, Luminova

T<25 = Tritium based dial (Less than 25 millicuries of radioactive tritium)

TT = Two Tone (Bi-metal- yellow fold & Stainless Steel)

Watch Materials

PM = Precious Metal

PT = Platinum

RG = Rose Gold

SS= Stainless Steel

Ti = Titanium

WG = White Gold

YG = Yellow Gold

Hope you enjoyed the watch blog post which should help you get familiar with the essential watch terms every watch collector should know.

The article was written by Honza Hroch, the Founder of Value Your Watch Marketplace.


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