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Mitchell 402 – 1963-1977 = 189,313 Units
Mitchell 403 – 1963-1974 = 29,481 Units

The Mitchell 402/403 was first advertised by Garcia in 1964. The earliest schematic we can find is 1963 again by Garcia. Because of the serial number and box, we feel confident in saying these were first Made in France in their 1961/62 season.

  

1st version shown with serial number 0986659 is mint in box (MIB) with matching serial numbers. What’s unique about this one is it does not have a dust cover on the handle shank where it connects to the housing. There’s also no dust cap on the handle knob’s screw. You will also see round holes on the back side of the handle’s knob.

  

The next one shown with serial number 1159869 is an original PUM or Manual Pick-up. If you study our PUM gallery, you’ll see why we know this. This version now has the dust cover on both the handle shank and knob screw.

  

The next shown with serial number 1398740 has a different counterweight on the handle shank. Most important about this release is they now have Anti-Inertia Brakes as you can see. This helped prevent the bail wire from accidently closing during a hard cast. This was added at the same time to other reels such as the Mitchell 302 and 300 series reels.

  

The last one shown with serial number 1532839 is pretty much the same as the last except for the cover plate engraving where the 402 is now to the right of Mitchell instead of below like all the previous releases.

  

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