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Company Seven posted a notice in July 1996: "Carl Zeiss is offering a limited edition 10x40mm B "150 Year Anniversary" binocular which will feature Gold plating, and a custom case. Production is expected to be 1,000 units or less. If you have to ask the price, then you can not afford it. Company Seven will accept orders for this instrument for those who wish to make the highest fashion statement!". Now this has become a reality:
On 14 November 1996 the U.S. Carl Zeiss Optical company formally announced the avilability of a limited edition binocular specially produced to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Carl Zeiss company. The binocular selected for this program is possibly the most succesful, and popular of the Zeiss Dialyt series.
Only 1,000 of the "Zeiss 10 x 40 B ClassiC Gold" binoculars will be made. Finished in the finest grade of Nappa Leather in brown, with the serialized current ZEISS logo in 18 carat gold, the eyepiece and objective rings in 18 carat gold plate, in a deluxe brown leather case with snap closure, and a personalized wood presentation box bearing the owners name.
Each instrument will be available for sale at $3,395.00. In a most unusual arrangement, Carl Zeiss Optical agrees to buy back the Limited Edition "10 x 40 B ClassiC Gold" at its original purchase price should you decide to sell it at any time!
To view a beautiful advertising illustration of the 10 x 40 B ClassiC Gold binocular (57 k).
|Closest Focus Distance||5.0m (16.7 ft)|
|Actual Field of View||7.3 Degrees|
|Weight||815 g. (28.7 oz.)|
|Height (Eyecups Extended)||159mm (6.3 in)|
|Width (@IPD of 65mm)||120mm (4.7 in)|