YEs, in this case, the first 2 digits of the serial are the year of production.
It looks like some of it has been modified or replaced or repainted?
Hi, thanks for your quick help! This really helps! To me it doesnt look repainted, just heavily worn or cleaned as its the bare metal that shows through but Im not a specialist. I found a pair that appears to be from the same maker just marked with hammer and sickle: WW2 item Looks the same just less worn.
Thanks for the info about the maker! The parts that remain black are bakelite, not repainted :-)
Here is what I'm talking about
Very sorry! I thought you were talking eye cups! And I should have been looking at my own pairs!
I'll change my message.