Reel dating

We specialize in documenting all Mitchell reels made in France from 1939 to 1989.

Now after 75 years, these are considered to be the best vintage fishing and collectible reels in the world!

of Mitchell Reels and the company who started it all, Carpano & Pons as well as Garcia, Arca, Albatros, Balzer, Milbro and many others who made it happen!

Fred Ribb, a very serious and knowledgeable ABU Collector, put it very succinctly as....

After 75 years, 2014 brings in a new dawn for not only our website, but for all those who have fond memories of, collect or still fish with vintage Mitchell reels!

After the sixties ended, the format became 097000 which meant September, 1970 , first production run of the model without changes.

01 on the end of a number a following design production revision.

This site is dedicated to the millions of men, women and children-at-heart with precious memories of the most beloved fishing reel ever made beginning with The Mitchell 300 Spinning Reel.

All information on this page is my interpretation and opinion about the history of the Ambassadeur reel as I understand it.

To help us understand this topic, I will try to summarize here, as simply as possible what i have observed on my own reels over 40 years, discussed with knowledgable collectors and read in books produced by the top writers of collecting ABU reels.

The two writers I would recommend to you are Daniel Skupien (1) and Simon Shimomura (2)and I would whole-heartedly commend you buy their beautiful, most informative books.

So then, both the Record Ambassadeur 50 (wide spool version) released just a year or so later, had numberless smooth reel seats.

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