I had been eyeing the Flat Head 3003XX for a while already when word came of the Levi's lawsuit, and it gave me a pretty good reason to finally buy them.
I'm sure they will continue making the 3003xx, but not with the painted arcuate nor with the red tab, both of which are essential details in my opinion.
The 3003XX is The Flat Head's World War 2 model, which is the reason why the arcuates are painted. During the war, cotton and copper was scarce and thus the War Production Board decided that Levi's should cease putting their arcuate stitching on the backpockets, as it was a "wasteful use of cotton".
The cinch back and the rivets on the coinpocket disappeared because of the same reason.
The cut is straight with a high rise, and slightly on the loose side. It depends on how you size them though, I chose a small size, which obviously makes the jeans slimmer.
The hip is much straighter than on Levi's own 1944 reproduction, which means the bulge is smaller. Personally, I quite like this, but it also takes away some feel of authenticity.
The denim used in the 3003 series is really dark, because the yarn has been dipped 24(a very high number in this context) times in the indigo solution.
It also has a distinct vertical fade like the Eternal 811.
I like these jeans a lot, it will be a long time 'til I can start to really wear them though.