We looked at the problem from an analytical approach so we can make some sense of their methods. At the time Mitchell introduced the first two versions of the Mitchell reel, serial numbers were not utilised.

Unfortunately, Mitchell was very ambiguous about their serial numbers.

There is probably some type of order in this but we could not determine the sequence to establish a consistency that would coincide with year of manufacture.

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It was mirrored from Geocities at the end of October, 2009.

The 5000s series is the most popular of all reels in the Ambassadeur range as it covers the widest spectrum of fishing. The first Ambassadeur 5000 (after Record Ambassadeur 5000) was introduced in 1958/59. The earliest of post Record Ambassadeur features a spool with a gray arbor as opposed to a metallic silver arbor.

By looking only at the 5000 series of ABU reels, one can easily learn the changes that have taken place on Ambassadeur reels over the many years - both mechanically and cosmetically. The 5000 comes with double white (pearl) handle whereas the 5000B comes with single black counterbalanced handle One of the earliest 24K Gold plated reels made by ABU - in the form of a "5000 De Luxe".Several variations were also being made for the 5000: An early example of Ambassadeur 5000 with portings on tension nut as well as handle nut. This model was first made in 1964 and have been made in limited numbers every year till today. Till date, other example of the Deluxe reels were the 5500 Deluxe, 5600C Deluxe. This is an early 5000 with "4-Screw" design that existed from 1958/1959 till around the mid 1960s.This is not to say Mitchell did not have a suitable system, but if they did, it is not evident.What we did uncover was somewhat satisfying but also disappointing at the same time. Each group has their own unique method of numbering with no tie between the systems.For any questions concerning this page try to contact the respective author.