The standard Guerlain gold boxing is from 1983. Before 1983, Guerlain used "The White Box", "The Banded Blue Box", "The Coffee Bean Design Box" and "The Zig Zag Box". The latter was also used for Vetiver and Habit Rouge. What you have heard about a "Derby pour femme" is not true, I'm afraid. Derby was in a short period editoned in the gold box in the socalled Travel Bottle: http://i12.ebayimg.com/04/i/06/06/2e/a3_2.JPG but the juice was unchanged. I'm sure that your nose's confirmation of the sales man's talking is only an example of the Basenoter's self-fulfilling prophecy... The only other gold box Guerlain for men is Mouchoir de Monsieur which is still today sold in the classic gold box: http://www.escentual.co.uk/isroot/Es...e_Monsieur.jpg
Good buy though! Save it - it's VERY expensive on Ebay!