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Mark, I plead ignorance to LVCJ. What’s the nickel version? I too have been spending some time on yahoo.jp looking for deals and see plenty of good deals on LVCJ that makes me curious.

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LVCJ 2000-2009

The two s702XXs (33 & 37) disappear by 2000. The 50sXX jean continues for some time then also disappears, leaving the Japan original Vintage models as:

502XX
702XX
503BXX

These three models continue in production until Levi's pulled the plug on their Levi's Japan division in 2009.

After 1999 LVC US introduced many new models over the span of 2-3 years. LVCJ also produced most of these from 2000 or 2001 through 2009.  Not all models were in constant production during this time. Some were made every season or every other season (1947J, 1955J, 1966J) but others were produced more sparingly (the 1922J model I have only found from 2002 and 2007, but this is only from what I have found on yahoo.jp offerings, so may have missed some seasons of production).

LVJ models that aligned with their LVC US counterpart models were:

1873 (Lot 125)
1917
1922
1933
1937
1944
1947
1955
1966
1968 606
1967 505
506 jacket
507 jacket

Models added late in this period, 2007/08, are:

1927 501
1954 501z

Notable absences, so far as I have been able to find evidence of Japanese production of, are:

1890
1901
1915
1976 (debuted after 2009)
1978
1983

This is the most typical tag for this period- the only real variance was a longer version that appeared around 2007 on some models for a year or so, reverting back to the standard by 2009.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mr randal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2020 at 4:07pm
I've been able to confirm that the LVCJ 1960s jean was actually a Valencia street model, and have revised the timeline for several models.
 See the first two posts and also page 2 for a new 1996-1999 entry.
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LVCJ s702XX
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^You're right. Maynard. I measured the pair i have (a size 36, laundered multiple times) and found a taper of 1" from the knee to hem.

I have:

W 17.75
Th 13
Kn 10
hem 9.2
F rise 12
r rise 17

I think this is a straighter leg than a '55?
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Thanks, I don’t find them to be particularly wide-legged (as described on the first page) but a fairly standard 50s cut with a slight taper, quite a flattering fit in fact, although I haven’t worn them (other than trying them on) since I bought them, second-hand but virtually new in 2015. They’re near the front of the queue though so will definitely get leg-time sooner rather than later. They were once washed when I got them and I subsequently gave them another wash to eliminate further shrinkage and the slightly musty smell they’d acquired. I think they fit like a standard size 32.
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^Very nice Maynard- I think that’s one of the best pieces LVCJ ever produced.

What do you think of the cut?
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Levi’s Japan 503 BSXX natural indigo from August ‘91.






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Originally posted by mr randal mr randal wrote:

rr- I’ve heard a couple of speculations about that. 
 One is that there was a general misunderstanding about the historical use of the 701 stamp- as seen in an image of John Wayne in a book called Jeans of Heroes from 1992 in which he is identified as wearing a 701xx jean- I think the still might be from Stagecoach?
 I’ve also head Japanese denim otakus theorize that 701 was chosen purposefully to differentiate LVC releases from actual vintage. 
Is it possible that the Levi's 701 existed in the 30s?
I always thought he was wearing Levi's 501 from the late 30s
The Stagecoach is from 1939.
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rr- I’ve heard a couple of speculations about that. 
 One is that there was a general misunderstanding about the historical use of the 701 stamp- as seen in an image of John Wayne in a book called Jeans of Heroes from 1992 in which he is identified as wearing a 701xx jean- I think the still might be from Stagecoach?
 I’ve also head Japanese denim otakus theorize that 701 was chosen purposefully to differentiate LVC releases from actual vintage. 
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