Image: Solid 602 stamp
This version is the most common form in my collection of reference pics. I'm going to call it the Solid Form. Solid letters are used for both the PAISTE and the FORMULA 602.
Image: Mixed 602 stamp
This second version has the solid letters for Paiste, but an outline font for Formula 602. I'm going to call this the Mixed Form. You can also tell it is a different die stamp from the Solid Form because the position of Trade is under the E of Paiste. In the Solid version, the Trade is to the right of the E of Paiste. In addition the vertical distance between the Made in Switzerland and the Formula 602 is different in the two stamps. There is a larger gap in the Solid form of the stamp. The points of the star are also closer to the moon in this mixed version. The 602 also extends beyond the end of Switzerland in this mixed version. In the Solid and Outline versions the 602 and the Switzerland end at the same place (going left to right).
Image: Outline 602 stamp
This third version has the outline font used for both Paiste and Formula 602. You can also tell this stamp is different because Trade is further to the right of the E of Paiste than it is in the first All Solid stamp. In the Solid version the word Trade is half the length of the E of Paiste away. In this Outline version it is more like the full width of the E away.
Unfortunately I wasn't recording these three stamp variants for many years of data entry because I didn't know they existed. Since I've noticed I've recorded the details and have some preliminary info about the correlation with pre vs post serial numbers, the initial digit (aka year) when a serial number is present, and presence/absence of black ink logos, and what color the model ink is (if present), etc. I'll add this soon, but I wanted to get the images and formal descriptions in place first.
Further info on all things Paiste (except any pricing info) can be found at the Paiste-Only Wiki and I recommend you go there to follow up on serial numbers and when ink logos changed. The link I've just given goes to the main entry. Here is the specific Serial Numbers entry.
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