Dating mitchell 308 reel rsvp brisbane dating
I am not an expert or all that knowledgable on anything discussed here. My saltwater has been inside inlets or just a little out. My fresh water experience is limted to bass and panfish.The classic cover plate models I’ve found to have the same SN sequence are the Mitchell 300/301, 300C/301C, 300DL/301DL, Otomatic, 330/331, Rapid, 350/351 400/401, 410/411, 410DL, 440/441, 440/441 Match, Garcia Mitchell Match (no 440/441 engraved), 500, 510 and 540.Other Classic Egg-Shape models made after 1970 were included in the same serial number sequence.The lowest serial number found to date is #A07127 and the highest is #A07324 with two others in between.The red knob had been replaced on one that was discovered but when checked it had the “unique” Cross-Wind gearing. 1950/52 – SN “A, B & C” Prefixes are found on 3rd Versions but again another anomaly occurred; Test or “Pilot” 4th Version full bails were made on what I currently believe on two runs.Please note that these dates are the approximate date of manufacture at the factory and NOT date of receipt by the wholesaler, retailer or when it was first advertised or purchased.
Plus and most important; these all were serial numbered in sequence at the Mitchell factory after assembly regardless of the different models or even which distributor (country) they were made for.It's very important to know that ALL Mitchell reels started using this dating system starting in 1974 to their last reel in 1989!
This makes it very easy to date these reels by just the serial number letter prefix.
These started in 1971 with the letter “A” prefix and so on.
Mitchell closed the factory in 1988/89)1989 = T (New Old Stock Parts were used to make limited quantities of Mitchell reels that were still being hand assembled in France)1990 = No serial numbers with few exceptions such as the Mitchell 300 PRO Anniversary that has been documented as one model still being assembled in France however; most models are now being manufactured in Taiwan.
It is serial number 351554 with no prefix letter and it is stamped "Made in France" in several places on the reel. Register and join us and share Your fishing interests with us.