I should add that I think it's for the Japanese market because I bought it off eBay from Japan. Also, yes, that's what I thought when I decided to buy it, that the brass makes it look classier than the usual nickel hardware. If it was just the regular nickel I wouldn't have bought it. One thing that kind of annoyed me though upon receiving the jacket is that the #10I have a beat-up 80's job I picked up cheap. One of my favourite jackets. I like the brass fittings, gives an air of class.