Quartz by Molyneux, at least in its original formula, is a typical 1970s green(ish)floral chypre. Those of us who can't get enough of this perfume style tend to lament their disappearance/reformulation. The rest of the world thinks we're nuts (and probably also stinky).
As Angela from NST observed, it's amusing how the clean and soapy fragrances of yesteryear are now considered musty and smelly. It's the oakmoss, of course, which is a shame, as it's getting harder and harder to get our fix. In any case, vintage Quartz by Molyneux with its lighthearted and bright opening, peachy floral core and musky mossy dry-down is a butch relative of Diorella (lots more wood), a more flirty Cristalle (less zesty and green), and feels slightly softer and more chic than Paco Rabanne's Calandre and Metal.
I love the dirty fruity opening, though I don't get any more melon than I do from Diorella. Probably less, as Quartz is soapier and doesn't play that slightly-rotting game of passion and repulsion. The suds and powder keep Quartz in the crispy daytime department (unlike dark animalic chypres), and for my generation it's a bit nostalgic, as so many mother-types wore such perfumes when we were kids.
My half-full bottle is old. Not 1977 old, but from looking at Molyneux' ads for Quartz I can tell that it's pre-1992. The low-rent plastic spray mechanism is naked and unadorned, looking ridiculously cheap and making the tastefully-French perfume that comes out even more surprising and satisfying. Apparently, the modern version is not half bad as observed by my scent twin, Tom, on Perfume Smellin' Things. Without smelling it and just based on his review I'd say that the vintage version is far more unisex than the current one. The old bottles were not marked as femme or homme which was nice. Their grunginess aside, with the dark navy boxes and minimal graphics, Quartz didn't have an assigned gender, though obviously the ads above tell a very different story.
Notes (according to Jan Moran via NST): peach, hyacinth, cassie, jasmine, rose, carnation, orris, melon, sandalwood, musk amber, moss, benzoin, and cedarwood.
1977 Quartz by Molyneux ads from HonorataQueen on Flickr.