OLYMPIC 779

This heroic little Olympic 779 was manufactured in Japan circa 1960. It was made for American company Olympic Radio & Television of New York.

Olympic Radio & Television manufactured radios from at least 1946 and into the 1960’s. Their first transistor radio was the ‘lunchbox’ style 4 transistor 447 manufactured in 1956. They were purchased by the Siegler Corporation sometime between 1952 and the early 1960’s.

I assume that when Olympic started selling shirt pocket transistor radios they contracted either an established Japanese manufacturer like Matsushita or an OEM factory to make them.
 

 
 
  
 
 
 


 

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This Olympic 779 features a gold reverse-painted face beneath the metal Olympic badge. This is quite unusual to have a metal badge over the top of reverse painting. It also features a beautiful little red and gold cloisonné badge in the shape of an Olympic torch!

It measures just 59mm W x 93mm H.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

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This little Olympic 779 can also be found branded as a Grand Pix GP-21 and a Mayfair GP-21 minus the Olympic torch.
 

 


 

 

 
 

BOX & ACCESSORIES

This Olympic 779 comes with a gift box, leather case, earphone, leather earphone case and a model tag.

 


  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This Olympic 779 uses 6 Matsushita transistors. It has an unusual fold out schematic diagram inside with the serial number attached. If I assume that the serial number date code used by Alan Kastner of RadioWallah applies to this radio then that would give it a manufacturing date of March 1963 and a serial number of 1313.