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You should never find a reel with an, "08" as month of issue.The reason is Mitchell closed the factory for one month every August for Holiday.To further compound the situation, some reels had lettered prefixes, which we hoped would give us a year but this is not the case.
For example, fly reels have a totally different numbering system then spinning reels!
Reels produced during this period present a greater debate as to when they were manufactured.
For some unknown reason, Mitchell had serial numbers on a few models and on others had none.
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Determining dates of issue for Mitchell spinning reels has always been at the forefront of questions asked by collectors.