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Any data/experience with 90's Gold Ring 9x35 IF porro bins?

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Old Thursday 2nd August 2007, 03:02   #26
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FWIW, here is the eboy July-Aug '07 activity on various versions of Leupold 9x35IFs: (all USD) $175.00, $175.01, $192.50, $212.52, and $265.01. There was also one 10x40IF 6.6* FOV that went for $203.50

Also I managed to find a brand new Leupold black leather zip case designed for the 9x35IF porros. For reference it is model # 42311.

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Old Saturday 4th August 2007, 02:37   #27
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I received a nice new bino strap (same neoprene model that ships with the Sams) and a full set of lens covers for the GR 9x35 IFs gratis from Leupold today. Again, their no questions asked lifetime support of their Gold Ring products speaks volumes.

Unfortunately no model history was included with this shipment. They have my e-mail address too so perhaps something will be forthcoming soon.

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Old Tuesday 7th August 2007, 02:31   #28
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I received some preliminary information which indicates that these bins were produced in Japan by Kamakura (Koki I presume) in the 60s, 70s and late 80s until being replaced by the Wind River line. They're the same outfit that made the Swift Audubons porros. Hopefully more will be forthcoming soon.

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Old Wednesday 8th August 2007, 17:13   #29
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I received this by e-mail from a Leupold rep today as a prelimninary response. A package of information is being sent by snail mail.

"We introduced binoculars to our product line in 1983. (the 9X35 & 7X30 individual focus porro's.) In 1987 we introduced the 2nd generation 9X35 designing them little smaller and lighter as well as more water-tight.
In 1993 we introduced our first center focus binoculars and in 1994 we introduced the 9X35 under the Wind River name. I believe it was 1998 that we discontinued the 9X35 porro altogether.
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Looks like I have a first generation (c1983-1987) version and Steve has a later one. The initial info in the post above citing "60's, 70s, and late 80s" obviously was a tad off although the Japanese OEM appears to be correct.

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I received a literature package from Leupold today which details the 9x35IF history.

Originally introduced in 1983 with a 5 element 3 group eyepiece and 2 element achromatic objective lens all magnesium fluoride hard coated. Then updated in 1987 as "2nd generation" with rubberized knurling on the eyepieces, weight reduction from 23.9 to 20.5 oz, and height reduction from 5 1/8" to 4 1/2". Waterproofing was said to be better. The original leather case was replaced by a Cordura one by Micheals of Oregon. No data was available about whether the eyepiece redesign reduced the number of elements. In 1992 armor finish was introduced with a weight of 23.5 oz and no gold ring. 1994 witnessed a change in name to Wind River which also marked a change in production location. These 9x35s were also armored only. In 1996 the 9x35 was discontinued.

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It's been a month since my last post to this thread, so this is something of an update: Of my battery of bins my Swaro 7x42B and these vintage '83-'87 Leupold 9x35 IFs have become my two most used.... my "go to" bins if you will :)
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Very Nice. It has been years since I have used a quality pair of Poro's glad you like yours.
I also have a pair of Leupold Gold ring 9X25 roofs, green armor coated, with pull up eye cups. That I have had for probably 15-18 yrs can't quite remember. I don't think they are water tight maybe weather resistant at best. They use to go wherever I went, on my side, in my brief case etc. I'm a glasses wearer now and much older so IF binoculars are really just a thing of the past. but certainly have great value. Need to get in touch with Leupold get some history on these and a New case for them (I liked the OEM cases)
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A couple months ago my 9x35IF Gold Rings went back to the factory for cleaning and adjustment. The service was exemplary and my bins were tweaked to the nth degree with even the field dings smoothed out and blackened. You simply can't beat such service.
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Hi Bob A:

I got my 9x35's back from Leupold also, and they did an excellent job. Not only that, I sent them a $15 check for postage....they sent my check back....mailed them to me at their own expense. That made a real impression on me.

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Hi Bob A:

I got my 9x35's back from Leupold also, and they did an excellent job. Not only that, I sent them a $15 check for postage....they sent my check back....mailed them to me at their own expense. That made a real impression on me.

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Don,

Good deal! These vintage 9x35s are great bins as is the service/support from Leupold!

I've also managed to locate a NIB leather pouch that was originally supplied with these. Nice stuff.
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