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 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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