Ross binoculars - model guide
- Stepnada 7x30 - wide angle, withdrawn c1948
- Steplux 7x50 - classic night vision binocular (*)
- Stepvue 8x30 - introduced 1947, withdrawn 1962(*)
- Steptron 8x30 - introduced 1947 (*)
- Spectaross 8x40 - introduced 1953, withdrawn 1966, spectacle wearer's binoculars (*)
- Stepruva 9x35 (*) - introduced 1933
- Specnorm 9x50 - spectacle wearer's model, introduced 1965, withdrawn 1969
- Stepmur 10x50 (*) - introduced c1935, withdrawn 1965
- Stepeleven 11x50 - introduced 1965
- Stepsun 12x50 (*) - introduced c1935, withdrawn 1965
- Tropical 7x40 (*)
- Tropical 10x40 (*)
- Enbeeco 13x60 - introduced 1960 (**)
Sources: based on information compiled by Terrance Wayland (see home.europa.com/~telscope/Ross/Ross.model.names.by.T.Wayland.pdf, Ross catalogue, 1962 and contemporary advertisements.
(*) In 1962 catalogue.
(**) The Ross Enbeeco was a collaboration between Ross and Newbold and Bulford, wholesalers of binoculars, in 1960. It sold for £33 17s 6d.
For the Solaross range (1957 to 1975) see Ross Solaross.
How old are my Ross binoculars?
Ross binoculars are all marked with a serial number. There were two runs of serial numbers. One from 1899 to 1954, and one from 1954 to 1974. To establish how old your binoculars are, you need to make a guess based on the model and then work it out from the serial number.
For post-war binoculars the following guide will help:
- 125000 to 133000 - 1945 to 1950
- 133000 to 270000 - 1950 to 1954
- 0 to 11000 - 1954 to 1957
- 11000 to 32800 - 1957 to 1959
- 32800 to 42000 - 1960 to 1964
- 42000 to 72500 - 1965 to 1970
- >72500 - 1970 to 1974
This guide was compiled from information in the guide produced by Terence Wayland which is available here Ross serial numbers by T Wayland
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Enbeeco TRENTOR coated optics 8 x 30 Field 75 SERIAL NO 18746" Bernie Maguire 22/04/2016
I'm trying to find more about my Dad's Ross binoculars. I've checked all of the websites but don't know anything about how he was given them and when. They are RegP No 55480 /O.S. 735 G.A. Bin Prism No 5. Mk 1V and still live in their original leather case. The serial number doesn't appear on the T. Wayland list.
Dad, Viv Squibbs was an officer in the Royal Navy Reserve and survived the Atlantic Crossings through WW2; only being ship wrecked once. I think that may be when his binoculars may have received a bang. They still work but focusing isn't as good as it should be. So I'm also interested in finding out how It can be fixed and the cost of it.
I do hope you can advise me.
Regards Pam" Pam 25/07/2016
I have just been handed a set of oldish Binoculars.
ROSS, London no 54364
Stereo Prism Binocular
In a brown leather case
Any ideas on age, value, are they very sort after ??
Any infoo on these would be good
Regards Harry" Harry Pankhurst 14/06/2017
Andy C." andy crawford 19/02/2018
Andy C. Australia." andy crawford 19/02/2018
'Stereo Prism Binoculars'
'Power = 8'
marked with serial no. 93648
Can anyone tell me how old these are?" Mike 06/10/2018
From the description and the number I'd say 1920s. Best regards" Steven 07/10/2018
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