No yours is not a ‘false’ one!
There were 4 distinct versions of the VC1; the first one was derived from the ‘brick’, it was the one with all the controls in a single line.
It was a transformer input mic amp, a compressor and a harmonic exciter. Some of those had the gold lettering like yours.
Next came the green version in your picture, this was again a transformer input mic amp, compressor and exciter, but with a slightly different layout, mainly for ease of construction. The we changed the exciter into an EQ and called it the VC1Q. Very soon after that we introduced an all solid state mic amp and called it the VC1QCS.
They were all very successful and reliable…. and I know that most are still in service today.