Early versions of Leica M3 double strokes Models in sequential year of produce order from 1955~1957- MIR Image Library

 

Case study on prices of Leica M3 standard production models .. cont...


Early Leica M3 double strokes model
1st batch, 1955

M3 chrome body from the first batch of 1955, with CF Summicron 2/50mm no.1764505, spectacles, green filter, lens cap. Approx. Year: 1955; w/Serial Number. 73834x. Despite with a companion lens / accessories supplied. This early M5-1955 unit has quite a low start/hammer price of EURO EUR 600 / EUR 780 .


1955 period Leica M3 w/matching collapsible Summicron 5cm 1:2 in feet scale; the lens cap is an original M3 period type.
A typical set up of a 1955 period Leica M3 w/matching collapsible Summicron 5cm 1:2 in feet scale; the lens cap is an original M3 period type.



Early Leica M3 double strokes model converted into Single stroke, 1955

Here is an early Leica M3 body being converted into single-stroke. Serial Number 7457xx - is within the first 50,000 units produced. Approx. Year: 1955. It doesn't add too much of a premium and price offered was below EURO 1,000-00
* a couple of years ago in an Leicashop® auction sale.

* NOTE;- Indicative price here in this site were based original prices published on previous auction literature/references. Prices may vary according to gradual yearly premium, supply/demand equations, and/or other renewed valuation methods.


Here is an early Leica M3 body being converted into single-stroke. Serial Number 7457xx - is within the first 50,000 units produced. Approx. Year: 1955.

 

Leica M3 chrome, double stroke, 1955. This clean, early double-stroke Leica M3 with perfect shutter and finder, matching collapsible Summicron 2/5cm and S/N 7519xx just beyond the first 50,000 units produced has not mentioned with a price tag.

Leica M3 chrome, double stroke, 1955. This clean, early double-stroke Leica M3 with perfect shutter and finder, matching collapsible Summicron 2/5cm and S/N 7519xx just beyond the first 50,000 units produced has not mentioned with a price tag.

Rear section view of a Leica M3 chrome, double stroke, 1955. model


As a form of comparison, here is another Leica M3 chrome Double Stroke w S/N 7779xx. Approx. Year, 1955. Condition rated as B. Came with a Summilux 1.4/50mm. Auction stated working order camera, clean lenses, cap, XOOIM hood, yellow filter, orange filter in maker's box. but it has a reduced Buy-it-now price os EURO1,400-00 a few years ago. The 1.4/50mm lens w/hood could be the affecting element.

Leica M3 chrome Double Stroke  1955 with a Summilux 1.4/50mm; XOOIM hood,
Summilux-M 1.4/50mmon a Leica M3 body, 1955



Leica M3 chrome double stroke, 1956

Here is a LEICA M3 chrome double-stroke body from the last batch of 1956, later top plate with both flash sync., note Leicashop™ has rated the base plate as cond. C in this set, it came with a working Leicameter M. So, overall a rated Condition B-rated Leica 3 DT, 1956 has a rather modest entry price of EUR 450 (Start price)/EUR 540 (Hammer price incl. premium).

Leica M3 chrome double stroke, 1956 WITH LEICA M METER


Leica M3 chrome double stroke, 1956
Leica M3 chrome double stroke, 1956 W/LEICA M meter

Leica M3 chrome double stroke. Serial Number: 818517. Approx. Year: 1956. No lens, no accessories. But simply because it was a very well preserved body which rated highly. Thus, it has a Start-Price of EURO 1,400-00 in the online auction. this probably will give you with an idea that pristine condition of your hardware, if not falls on rarity factor, still commands the premium in the used equipment and/or collectibles market.

Leica M3 chrome double stroke. Serial Number: 818517. Approx Year: 1956




However, shown below is a mint Leica M3 body with double-stroke in original condition, in perfect working order, packaged with a mint rigid Summicron 2/50mm, cap, inspection card, maker's box. S/N 8820xx, a 1957 model beyond first 50,000 units produced. However, in such combination with an extremely well preserved camera body, the auction price has ballooned up to a hammer price of EURO 4,000-00 ! So, other than rarity element, condition of the camera can be another major factor contributing to its premium.

Leica M3 body with double-stroke  packaged with a mint rigid Summicron 2/50mm  a 1957 model beyond first 50,000 units produced.




 Leica M3 chrome outfit, 1957

Shown above is a Leica M3 chrome set. With S/N 8721xx and approx. year of 1957; which suggests 150,000 units that rolled out from the assembling plant. It is a clean double-stroke M3 in good working order, matching rigid Summicron 2/5cm2, cap, case, red velvet maker's box with matching number, Leicameter MC in box, papers. Some of the accompanied accessories may reflect the state of the design of certain system components. No indicative price for this setup.

Below is a Leica M3 chrome Double Stroke outfit. Camera body has S/N 9104xx with approx. year of produce 1957. The outfit consists of a fast standard lens, Summarit-M 1:1.5 f=50mm w/UVa filter, XOOIM hood, ER case, as well as a matching M3 Summicron-M wideangle 2/35mm lens w/cap; two telephoto lenses, Elmarit-M 2.8/90mm w/cap & an Elmar 4/135mm w/caps, lens hood 12575N; along with an original Leitz brown outfit case. With almost all possible combinations in a single package, the outfit has a Buy-Now price of EURO2,460-00.


Leica M3 chrome Double Stroke outfit, 1957 with Summarit-M 1:1.5 f=50mm w/UVa filter, XOOIM hood, ER case, as well as a matching M3 Summicron-M wideangle 2/35mm lens w/cap; two telephoto lenses, Elmarit-M 2.8/90mm w/cap & an Elmar 4/135mm w/caps, lens hoo

Leica M3 double stroke, 1957 model
Top and rear section view of a double stroke Leica M3, 1957 model
Three tele-Leitz lenses
Leitz/Leica brown camera case for Leica M3

Leitz ITDOO lens hood for Summicron Collapsible 5cm 1:2 and red velvet box

Typical M3-period accessories:-
Leitz ITDOO lens hood for Summicron Collapsible 5cm 1:2 and red velvet box. Far left: leather brown camera case (dark and light brown) & brown lather compartment case.



Deep brown leather camera compartment case for Leica M3 system

Deep brown leather camera case for LEICA M3

Deep brown colored Leather camera case for LEICA M3 series models

The Leitz Summarit 50mm f/1.4 M-mount for Leica M3, 1957 model
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