Hi Surfacing -
Don't hesitate - this is exceptional and the first male fragrance bottled by Calvin Klein in 1981, as well as the best! Only Original Obsession for Men and Eternity can hold candles to it, but this is the best composition. A Woody Floral Musk by categorization that has a Woody Chypre feel - and I am so thankful to have Original Vintage "Cologne". I wrote a review on Fragrantica, which I cut-and-pasted here:
"I feel the sheer warmth, brilliance and genuine taste in Calvin. 1981 - over 30 years ago, before the mass-marketed stuff came. Some of those became what I "grew-up" with and this brilliant bottle was unknown to me for many years. What a beautiful revelation!!! I concur with the wonderful reviews here - ObsessionForMen, Krmarich, and avonman. I adore the composition. Although, I get a chypre vibe as well, this is a brilliant, masculine and warm Woody Floral Musk/Chypre composition that incorporates gorgeous florals (including the key note of chamomile) and herbs combined with brilliant use of green and damp patchouli and vetiver (just slightly dirty). There is no composition like it. It uses musk (mostly clean) to radiate the aroma. What is amazing is just how long (and strong) the integrated florals and herbs emanate from this scent! It has a slightly soapy vibe - not a bar of French-milled soap, but the actual lather it creates. A gorgeous, "sudsy" feel that makes one wonder just how this was done. The sandalwood is creamy giving a base with the vetiver and musk that oozes class and a very suave feeling. As comforting as it is, Calvin is also a very serious scent that could be worn by a CEO.
I don't know where the world of fragrance would be without the house of Calvin Klein and what followed...but, I do know (after getting this 100ml Original Vintage bottle) just HOW good Calvin was in its earliest days. If you like classic chypres, fougeres and masculine florals with an aire of sophistication, you must try this magnificent juice.
I will not give a numerical score to something of such brilliance and historical value. But, I will leave it with this - I adore it. Classic and the epitome of beauty in male fragrance. Put this on at a dinner party and have every guest try to figure out the "house" this came from...no one would ever guess Calvin Klein, unless they were lucky enough to have experienced it."
This is a great fragrance - I sold a bottle to a fellow Basenoter here that is someone with great taste and admiration for this timeless classic. It was hard to let go.
Originally Posted by Surfacing
I actually see bottles of this for sale in fragrance shops. Surprised its rare where you live ( in the UK).
I am wondering since I like Azzaro pour Homme, Rive Gauche pour Homme and Tuscany Uomo....if this would be a good buy for me.