Schott Perfecto timeline
Hello everyone. I thought it would be a good idea to post a timeline of some the changes made to the Perfectos (613/618/118) over the years. The 'Perfectos - Old and new-thread is getting to be too long and the posts are in the wrong order (since the server change) so I think it's time to start fresh. If anyone has any corrections or additional information on the timeline please chime in. Only the changes are noted, if something stays the same it is left out. Here goes...
Late 1940's - The 613 One Star is introduced. Jackets are made out of horsehide. Neck label is rectangular, black with Perfecto App U.S Pat ??? Genuine Horsehide Front Quarter - Style Quality printed in gold letters. TALON main and cuff zippers and 'Miter' belt buckle. Zipper pulls in the shape of a ring. Side pockets are at an approx. 60° angle and breast pocket at a 50° angle, zippers close up. Jackets have snaps for attaching fur collar, no snaps on collar, plain snaps, sleeves are double stitched, epaulettes are also double stitched and have a rounded end. Stitching on collar is placed further in than it is on lapels. Lining is black with grid stitching. Straight lower back panel and underside of sleeves are one piece. Inner lower facing and sleeve placates are made out of faux leather/vinyl.
Early 1950's - The 618 is introduced, it is identical to the 613 except for the lack of stars.
Early 1960's - Jackets are made out of steerhide. Neck label is black with Style Quality Perfecto Genuine Steerhide All Hand Cut in creme and red letters on coat of arms/crest. Small long white size tag with black letters directly below neck label. Schott Bros. Inc. printed on leather neck hanger. Stitching on collar and lapels is placed at the same distance from edge. Epaulettes have one seam and a pointy end. ESKO cuff zippers (?) Side pockets are at an approx. 55° angle and breast pocket at a 65° angle.
Late 1960's - Neck label is black with bull and cactus, Perfecto genuine steerhide - handcut Schott Bros. Small white size tag with red letters directly below neck label.
Early 1970's - Neck label is square, black with Schott in white curly letters above orange and yellow coat of arms (lion? and unicorn on the sides of it and an S in the middle). 'Arrow head' inside ring zipper pulls.
Mid - late 1970's - Jackets are made out of steerhide (613/618) and naked cowhide (118, introduced in 1977). Neck label is rectangular, creme white with bull in upper left corner, Perfecto in yellow diagonal stripe and by Schott Bros. in lower right corner. Small white size tag with red letters directly to the right of neck label. TALON cuff zippers. 'Ring' zipper pulls. Side pockets are at an approx. 55° angle and breast pocket at a 60° angle.
Early 1980's - Schott NYC appears on neck label, small white size tag with black letters directly to the right of neck label, tag with american flag and Made in U.S.A directly to the right of neck label (under small white size tag). Nothing printed on leather neck hanger. Schott (YKK) main zipper, EMAR cuff zippers and rectangular belt buckle with oval sides. Pocket zippers now close down. Lining goes all the way down inside of jackets, leather sleeve placates. A slight dip in bottom part of lower back panel, otherwise straight.
Mid 1980's - Schott stops producing the 613 One Star. Underarm footballs, two piece underside sleeves, oval lower back panel, inside pocket and snaps on collar are introduced. Snaps for attaching fur collar are removed (no fur collar produced). Snaps have Schott stamped on them. Motorcycle rider instead of bull appears on neck label, size is printed on the american flag tag. Leather inner lower facing. Side pockets are at an approx. 60° angle and breast pocket at a 50° angle (reverse from what they were in the 1960's-70's and more like they were in the 1950's), side pockets are moved further away from the center of the jackets and down a bit. Square thin buckle is introduced.
Late 1980's / 1990's - Schott reintroduces the 613 One Star (in steerhide with mid 70's neck label) but without snaps for the fur collar and with inner pocket. Snaps on 613 are plain. Snaps for fur collar back on 618/118. Style 118 is updated to a fuller fit, 613/618 retain original slim fit. Schott NYC chrome main zipper, IDEAL sleeve zippers and bigger square belt buckle (by Century Canada) are introduced. Side pockets are at an approx. 60° angle and breast pocket at a 45° angle.
Today - Style 118 is fitted with new chrome pocket zippers with different pulls (Schott recently switched back to the original chain zipper pulls) and a snap under the belt buckle to prevent it from damaging the gas tank. The side pockets on the 118 have supposedly been moved closer to the center of the jacket for easier access. The 613/618 have not been updated since the early 1990's as far as I know.
Thank you /Chris