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    Default Guerlain Derby batch codes: PLEASE CONTRIBUTE YOURS

    Hey gents,

    I am trying to decypher the batch coding on the base of my derby bottles, and ask anyone who happens to have a Derby "eagle" bottle to kindly chime in. Maybe we can somehow pool our insights and try and crack the code.

    My 50ml A/S splash bottle has the code: PA 4BA 8
    My 100ml A/S spray bottle has the code: WH 4AA 5
    My 100ml EDT splash bottle has: PC 6AA 5

    We know that Derby began production in 1983, and the aftershave was no longer produced after 1993. The eagle bottle in general was also phased out in 1993, and the EDT went on to be bottled in the tall rectangular "Habit Rouge" bottle until it was discontinued in the mid 90's.

    Could the last numerical digit represent a month (8 = August or 5 = May), or perhaps a year (1988 or 1985)?
    Does the "4" in the codes listed above perhaps represent A/S, and the "6" the EDT)?

    Any mathematic fiend here wish to have a stab at it?
    Last edited by Sorcery of Scent; 12th October 2010 at 12:29 AM.

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    I've seen AA and BA before. On yves saint lauren my AA bottle was different from my AB bottle slightly in terms of modification to the cap and bottle, slightly wider vs taller. I'm certain the AB is newer than the AA bottle just because I bought the AA online and AB from a department store. In your case The numbers must go with the bottle again the higher the number the more recent the bottle. 6AA > 4AA etc.. In terms of the last number its probably the year if that is not possible due to discontinuation then it might be the month although usually its the year.

    6 vs 4. Could be the slight modification to their bottles throughout the years. 4 ba -> 5aa -> 5ba -> 6aa etc.

    PA vs PC the A probably means aftershave , C for cologne.

    I give up.

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    Can anyone else kindly contribute their codes so we can see a pattern emerge?

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    My 30ml bottle has the following Batch Code:
    SL 6AA 16

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    Default Re: Guerlain Derby batch codes

    The box of my Derby also has a Copyright from 1987...

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    Default Re: Guerlain Derby batch codes

    These sort of batch code algorithms give me a headache when I think about them too hard. Good luck D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickbr View Post
    My 30ml bottle has the following Batch Code:
    SL 6AA 16
    Thanks Rick!
    OK, so what we see so far is that EDT has the number 6, and the Aftershaves the number 4.

    Lets compare:

    50ml A/S splash bottle has: PA 4BA 8
    100ml A/S spray bottle has: WH 4AA 5
    100ml EDT splash bottle: PC 6AA 5
    30ml EDT spray bottle: SL 6AA 16

    What we can also see, by the last digit in your sequence Rick, is that it does not represent a year or a month as I suggested in post #1. Unless of course, it does suggest a month on a particular cycle/number of months.

    More codes will be needed to get a greater picture.

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    My 100 Eagles ml EdT splash has the following:

    WH 5AA 1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcery of Scent View Post
    Thanks Rick!
    OK, so what we see so far is that EDT has the number 6, and the Aftershaves the number 4.

    Lets compare:

    50ml A/S splash bottle has: PA 4BA 8
    100ml A/S spray bottle has: WH 4AA 5
    100ml EDT splash bottle: PC 6AA 5
    30ml EDT spray bottle: SL 6AA 16

    What we can also see, by the last digit in your sequence Rick, is that it does not represent a year or a month as I suggested in post #1. Unless of course, it does suggest a month on a particular cycle/number of months.

    More codes will be needed to get a greater picture.
    I hope that more codes can be get so that we can discover if there is some logic regarding the batch codes of this scent.
    Dimitri, which year is the copyright of the boxes of your derbys? Have you checked that?

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    Rick, all of mine are Copyright 1983.

    Pelle, thank you for adding yours to the list. So, here is an update:


    50ml A/S splash bottle has: PA 4BA 8
    100ml A/S spray bottle has: WH 4AA 5

    100ml EDT splash bottle: PC 6AA 5
    100ml EDT splash: WH 5AA 1
    30ml EDT spray bottle: SL 6AA 16

    Another similarity has emerged, and that is the "WH" part of the code.
    Perhaps the number preceeding the AA or BA is the year (ie: 1984/85/86)?

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    Default Re: Guerlain Derby batch codes: PLEASE CONTRIBUTE YOURS

    Not much help here, but here’s what i’ve found out so far.
    Recent product
    Code: 9T01
    9= year
    T=month (skip I)
    9T01 -July, 2009

    Another method
    Code: ZL2BO
    Z=year
    L=month

    P=1996 S=1997 V=1998 D=1999 M=2000
    U=2001 Z=2002 J=2003 Y=2004 W=2005

    H=1, E=2, B=3, X=4, T=5, K=6,
    L=7, N=8, F=9, R=10, A=11, C=12*

    ZL2BO - July, 2002

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    I have the 100ml eagle bottle (tester). Let me check for you once I get back home from work today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CX827 View Post
    Not much help here, but here’s what i’ve found out so far.
    Recent product
    Code: 9T01
    9= year
    T=month (skip I)
    9T01 -July, 2009

    Another method
    Code: ZL2BO
    Z=year
    L=month

    P=1996 S=1997 V=1998 D=1999 M=2000
    U=2001 Z=2002 J=2003 Y=2004 W=2005

    H=1, E=2, B=3, X=4, T=5, K=6,
    L=7, N=8, F=9, R=10, A=11, C=12*

    ZL2BO - July, 2002
    Wow, this is dizzying! Thanks for these codes though CX827, they are a great help for dating other Guerlain items.

    Quote Originally Posted by junkfood View Post
    I have the 100ml eagle bottle (tester). Let me check for you once I get back home from work today.
    Thanks Junkfood. Pls also stipulate whether it is an aftershave or EDT in a spray or a splash. Cheers

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    Modern EDT in the 125ml size splash bee bottle:

    8T01
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    Mine is PC 6AA 4. 100ml EdT spray bottle

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    Default Re: Guerlain Derby batch codes: PLEASE CONTRIBUTE YOURS

    I have a 50ml eau de toilette spray.
    The code is: lot PN 5FB 7
    On the box is the code: EMB 920 26 A

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    Default Re: Guerlain Derby batch codes: PLEASE CONTRIBUTE YOURS

    Perhaps you could contact Guerlain and ask them. They are usually very friendly and helpful.

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    Thank you David and Primrose... so lets review again:

    Vintage bottles:

    50ml A/S splash bottle has: PA 4BA 8
    100ml A/S spray bottle has: WH 4AA 5

    50ml EDT spray: PN 5FB 7
    100ml EDT spray: PC 6AA 4
    100ml EDT splash bottle: PC 6AA 5, and WH 5AA 1
    30ml EDT spray bottle: SL 6AA 16

    Modern bottles:

    125ml EDT: 8T01 (same in two instances, Primrose's and my own)
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    Default Re: Guerlain Derby batch codes: PLEASE CONTRIBUTE YOURS

    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcery of Scent View Post
    Wow, this is dizzying! Thanks for these codes though CX827, they are a great help for dating other Guerlain items.
    Anytime!
    Still trying to figure out what the other numbers mean, the last 2-3 digits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcery of Scent View Post
    Thank you David and Primrose... so lets review again:

    Vintage bottles:

    50ml A/S splash bottle has: PA 4BA 8
    100ml A/S spray bottle has: WH 4AA 5

    50ml EDT spray: PN 5FB 7
    100ml EDT spray: PC 6AA 4
    100ml EDT splash bottle: PC 6AA 5, and WH 5AA 1
    30ml EDT spray bottle: SL 6AA 16

    Modern bottles:

    125ml EDT: 8T01 (same in two instances, Primrose's and my own)
    Two additional codes to add:

    100ml A/S spray bottle: DH 4BB17
    100ml A/S splash: WN 4AG4

    Still confused...
    :-/

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    Mine says vc 23p2

    100 ML spray

    mine has a blue label, but no cap.. so I think it was probably a tester.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    Mine says vc 23p2

    100 ML spray
    Is it an EDT spray or A/S spray?

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    Two further:

    100ml AS splash: SF 4BB 6
    50ml AS splash: WH 4AC 2

    So to recap:

    Vintage bottles:

    50ml A/S splash bottle has: PA 4BA 8 and WH 4AC 2

    100ml A/S splash bottle: SF 4BB 6 and WN 4AG 4

    100ml A/S spray bottle has: WH 4AA 5 and DH 4BB17

    50ml EDT spray: PN 5FB 7

    100ml EDT spray: PC 6AA 4

    100ml EDT splash bottle: PC 6AA 5, and WH 5AA 1

    30ml EDT spray bottle: SL 6AA 16

    Modern bottles:

    125ml EDT: 8T01 (same in two instances, Primrose's and my own)

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    Default Re: Guerlain Derby batch codes: PLEASE CONTRIBUTE YOURS

    Sorry to resurrect this thread, but I have a small 7.5ml bottle of Shalimar extrait that was given to me by a friend to try to find out about it's age, with a view to selling it.

    The serial number on both the box and the bottle is YR 4JA 3. As it is in the zig-zag box, the concensus here (and held by me) was that it was bottled between 1967 and 1983 but Guerlain themselves have got back to me with a date of October 1994. Odd, given the box?
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    Hello to the Derby dedicated.

    I received another bottle of 1983 Derby recently.
    It's a 100ml atomiser and the batch code is -

    WT 4DA 2

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    Hi team Derby

    100ml After Shave / Metal Cap and usual (c) 1983 Lot: PH 4BA 3

    My usual source - this guy seems to have been very active mid to late 80s here, one of the few standalone 'Dispensary & Perfumery' stores left in Hong Kong. And yes, it smells so very good

    PS Dmitri, it's a spray - sorry didn't mention earlier
    Last edited by mr. reasonable; 1st June 2011 at 02:58 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcery of Scent View Post
    Modern bottles:

    125ml EDT: 8T01 (same in two instances, Primrose's and my own)
    0Q01 here. Bee Derby bought last year at La Maison.

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    Updated!

    Vintage bottles: Eagle and Habit Rouge flacons

    50ml A/S splash bottle has: PA 4BA 8 and WH 4AC 2

    100ml A/S splash bottle: SF 4BB 6 and WN 4AG 4 and PH 4BA 3

    100ml A/S spray bottle has: WH 4AA 5 and DH 4BB17

    50ml EDT spray: PN 5FB 7

    100ml EDT spray: PC 6AA 4 and WT 4DA 2 PE 5EC 4

    100ml EDT splash bottle: PC 6AA 5, and WH 5AA 1

    30ml EDT spray bottle: SL 6AA 16


    Modern bottles: Les Parisiens

    125ml EDT: 8T01 (same in two instances, Primrose's and my own) and 0Q01
    Also: 9X01 and 9P01


    Modern bottles: Arsene Lupin

    100ml EDT spray: 0Y01 (Bought 01/11)

    Is there a code-cracking mathematician in the house??
    Last edited by Sorcery of Scent; 3rd June 2011 at 09:00 AM.

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    I have the 100ml spray EDT Eagle bottle PE 5EC 4.

    Martin

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