Leica M3 chrome, prototype/test camera models, 1953/4


Here is a very good illustration as well as some good points presented / provided by a seasoned trader in the business. Conducting auction sales can be a very demanding task. Other than maintaining creditability by protecting the buyer and sellers interest, one also has to be very experienced in identifying the hardware in their respective origin, year of produce. Further, to grade a collectible set, you also require to provides points of reference without making any unwarranted conclusion that may affect the neutral status. Providing honest, trustworthy unique grading system is probably another important element in the trade. So, sometimes the description in an auction trade can pick up plenty of useful references for individual who (like me) intends to learn more in this specific interest of collectible oldies business in camera/lenses.

The model below is a Leica M3 which has no basis for cross references. It lack basic kind of information such as Model code and doesn't even has a Serial number. So, let us read how Leicashop handles this interesting camera and where does/how to they position such a camera in Leica oldies Collecting.

Leica M3 chrome, Prototype/Test/Pre-launch Model. Year: 1954

Leica M3 chrome, Prototype/Test/Pre-launch Model*. Year: 1953/4**

" ..a LEICA M3 chrome 'Experimental camera' Here is a special early double stroke model with no name or any engravings on top plate, probably a test/experimental camera. A similar Leicaflex camera with no name was also produced. Further this camera has the following specifications: 1. Wind-on lever similar to prototype M3 2. prototype shutter dial 3. No S/N appears on body chassis. With an early Summicron-M 2/5cm no.92049x. Start price: EUR 3.000; Hammer price incl. premium):- EUR 3.600
*** " .... - Leicahop®

* As there is no reference of existence of such a Leica M3 previously; the model name used here is just as reference only; ** a wild guess and estimation on year of produce. *** 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.

Credit: Images courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a hugely popular Westlicht Auction House. Image(s) Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

A rare, un numbered Leica M3 with early protoype features in 1954
Rear section of the Leica M3 chrome, Prototype/Test/Pre-launch Model with film speed reminder disc
Base section of a Leica M3 chrome, Prototype/Test/Pre-launch Model
Lens is a Summicron-M 2/5cm on a Leica M3

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Visual Library on Leica M3 Prototype, 1952; Leica M3 Test model, 1953/4 | A photo showcase on early series of Leica M3 DS bodies:- Leica M3-700131 / M3-700170 / M3-700000/M3-70031x/M3-70051x | M3 double stroke chrome 1954~1957 bodies:- Part 1/Part 2/Part 3/Part 4; Leica M3 Single Stroke 1957~60/1961~66 | Leica M3 Black Paint:-1955/1958/1962~1964/66 / Case study on Prices | Leica M3 ELC, 1955/56

Other Leica M3 Variants:- Leica M3 chrome Leica-Technik 57 1954; Leica M3 GOLD Edition, 1956 | Leica M3 DS United Nation Edition, 1957 | Leica M3 Olive Bundeseigentum outfit 1957/ Olive Green Bundeseigentum outfit, 1959 (2 Parts) w/info on high quality M3 Olive Conversion | Leica M3 Betriebskamera/ Betriebsk 1960 | Leica M3 Royal Dutch Marine Periscope Model, 1966 | Leica M3 Dummies / Riesen-Mode (Giant scale Model); Leica M3 Cutaway Display Unit , 1954

Recommended External Link: Leica FAQ | Leica M3 Instruction Manual 1) Location 1 (1.35mb PDF) by Joe Chan; Location 2 (1.2mb PDF) by M.Butkus < Mike@bukus.org>; Leica FAQ | Serial Number Ref. (Cameraquest): LSM lenses 1923/1965 | Leica M 1954/1999/Leica M/R-mount RF/SLRs Serial Number ; Leica M-lens coding PDF (84k) download (Leica, AG); Leica Camera/Leitz Lenses S/N check (requires registration) at Owners Support@LEICA camera, AG

LEICA MP-Specific models/variants - Visual Profiles on selective Leica bodies:- Leica MP Prototype, 1955 | MP Betriebsk w/Electric Motor, 1956 | Leica MP-88/MP-150 Black paint, 1957 | Leica MP-167; Leica MP-171/MP-313/old/new Leicavit visual, 1957 | Leica MP 367 & 368 Dual, 1957 | Leica MP-375, MP-368 & MP-386 | Leica MP 'Edition Hermès', 2003 | Leica MP Betriebsk 0.72x | Evential production model MP 0.72x Black paint, 2002 | Leica MP classic Kit Set 1 / Set 2 | Leica MP chrome 0.58X(2 parts) | Leica MP Black Lacquer 0.58x | Leica MP Black Lacquer 0.72x Standard | Leica MP 0.85x Finder Mag. model | Leica MP Anthracite* Limited Edition Set | Leica MP LHSA 1968~2003 Special Edition Grey Hammertone Finish (3 parts) | Brief Introduction on Leica à la carte:- Leica MP Red Leather 0.85 / Nappa racing Green Leather 0.58X | Others:- Visual case study on counterfeit LEICA MP ; Leica MP Prototype w/Prototype Leicavit-M; Leica MP-3 LHSA; Leica MP TITAN, 2007

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Credit: Images courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. Image(s) copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.