Lucky you. Looks like the real deal.
Thread: Vintage Fahrenheit help dating
I've read the Raiders of the lost scent blog on identifying vintage Dior fragrances and I've also used checkcosmetic with no luck dating this vintage Fahrenheit I just found. Below are pictures.
There is no serial printed on the box. There is only a 3 digit code on the cellophane, that matches a code on the bottom of the bottle (which is hard to see in the picture, but it's there.)
The code is ZM4
This was also included in the box.
Any ideas are highly appreciated!
Last edited by metallisomething; 3rd May 2014 at 12:16 PM.
Lucky you. Looks like the real deal.
This is the earliest vintage of Dior Fahrenheit. You can see that on the top of the packaging's front that "Fahrenheit" is embossed over a blue strip. You also have yellow on the bottom of your box. This was exclusive to the vintage. Newer versions are embossed on black. The second formulation was printed just below a blue strip. The second indication is brevity of the ingredient list. A full list of ingredients wasn't required until the late 1990's.
If I had to guess, I'd say that your bottle was released somewhere between 1988 and 1994 or so... Bottom line, this looks to be vintage and is head-and-shoulders above what's on shelves in department stores now.
Last edited by checkmate; 28th June 2014 at 10:01 PM.
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I was under the assumption (based on the knowledge of Fahrenheit collectors on here) that there have never been vintage bottles with a three digit batch code? They were originally five digits.
I would place this bottle into the mid to late nineties, the green dot on the bottom of the box is there, but the complete address is not.
There should be a hint on that leaflet ... if you look very closely, in one of the many corners there should be a date ... something like 8/90 (meaning Month/Year). Can you find it?
Last edited by osoblanco; 24th July 2014 at 04:41 PM.
The smell, the bottle and box (green dot, address, bar code, lack of stamped batch code) put it in the 92-94 range. The fact that the batch code (despite its digit length) is not stamped on the box predates 1998.
I have read that 3 digit batch codes, though extremely rare, do exist from the early years. This is taken from the Raiders of the Lost Scent article on Christian Dior in regards to pre 1998 fragrances.
"The situation is more confused. It happens a similar mechanism - but not identical - where the number of digits is variable, three, four or five digits."
This bottle is an enigma. The smell is different than the current in a very cool way, and I am happy with it. Though I may never know for sure, it is unique and, in some way, is a part of fragrance history.
On the other hand, the 4 in the batch code could hint at 1994, so maybe they started putting the leaflets into the boxes late in 1994?
Edit: Sorry, I just remembered that your box does have the green dot, so it must be from 1996/1997 or later.
Did you check the leaflet for a date? As I said before, there should be a date printed in one of its corners ... something like 8/95 ... but it's very small, you really have to look carefully.
And by the way, the picture you posted about the formulations is wrong. I'm not sure about the exact dates regarding the formulations, but the boxes came out like this:
First Design: 1988-2001 (there are slight variations, but they are basically all the same)
Second Design: 2002-200? (not sure in which year they changed to the third one)
Third Design: 200?-2005
Fourth Design: 2006-present
Last edited by osoblanco; 13th August 2014 at 02:39 PM.
It could be that the green dot was printed onto the cellophane, though ... but not onto the box itself.
There was a sealed 1994 box in my review. The green dot is printed on the cellophane.
Found this discussion very interesting. Just checked my bottle because curiosity got the best of me. It looks very much like the first photo in post # 1 the only difference being mine is 100ml. Never kept the box.
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Just today I received my vintage Fahrenheit I found on ebay. I think I made a good deal. 49€ including shipping for a 50 ml still wrapped in cellophane.
According to the picture in #7 it should be the first formulation. Would be nice if you could help me confirm.
The box has blue on the top (Fahrenheit embossed on the bllue) and the yellow on the bottom.
It looks quite similar to the Fahrenheit of the thread starter.
- It has the number 33 in the address.
- The ingredient list is short.
There are some small differences:
- the address is printed on the bottom, not the side
- there is only "keep away from heat or flame" lacking the flame symbol. This is written together with the ingredient list in english on one side of the box and in french on the opposite side of the box.
- it has a 5 digit serial number on the cellophane, 5H506, same on the bottom of the bottle
- green dot only on the cellophane, not on the box
What do you guys think?
Last edited by jason_newton; 24th October 2014 at 09:36 PM.
Will try the juice tomorrow and report back.
Haven't tried it yet as I was in a rush this morning. What irritates me a bit is how small the 50 ml bottle actually looks. Looks rather like a 30 ml than a 50 ml. But the bottle as well as the. Ox say 50. So, is it normal to look that small?
Don't worry. Size is unimportant with a 1995 bottle. You'll only need one spray. It's an absolute monster. Go easy.
Finally tried the juice, it smells just great!
Discovered it is a splash bottle which I am not particularly a fan of. Well, anyway, great find.
Last edited by joov84; 13th April 2015 at 01:53 PM.
I do have a three digit code bottle and still trying to figure out what year or date it was produced in....
About longevity, and worrying you could have a fake because it fades more quickly than you imagined: it does not sound fake or ruined, to me. It sounds like you're just wanting more from the juice; but it's just an edt, and even vintage Fahrenheit can evaporate into the air and absorb into the skin.
Good news, though, that's a 100 ml bottle. My recent vintage Fahrenheit pickup was a 50 ml, so you can spray twice as much!
If it continues giving you problems though, you can ship it to me to get it off your hands.