Leica M3 Black Rangefinder camera model(s) - Early Series


This M3 black paint unit had sprung some surprises as most people thought black M3 only was being shipped after 1962. I would trust the seasoned eyes in pre-authentification in an auction process that it was a 1955 produce. So, it may redefine some general belief in old Leica collecting.

M3 black paint double stroke, approx. Year: 1955

Shown below is a very early, 100% original M3 black paint w/S/N 77901x in wonderful condition, black lens lock button, early strap lugs, with an extremely rare original black painted collapsible Summicron 2/5cm no.116785x, clean lenses, feet scale. Amidst the additional premium of black paint M3 over the chrome models, this early M3 black paint has an Leicahop® auctioned Start-Price of EURO 6,000-00 and an astonishing high price tag of EURO 13,800-00 ! Partly, the camera matching lens is also an original collapsible Summicron 1:2 f=5cm in matching black paint. Along with the earliest M3 chrome series, this M3 black combination probably is one of the most pricey double stroke M3 bodies around.

* NOTE;- Indicative price(s) herein is/are 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.

An extremely rare piece, an early LEICA M3 Black paint, with matching black paint collapsible Summicron 1:2 f=5cm, 1955

An extremely rare piece, an early LEICA M3 Black paint, with matching black paint collapsible Summicron 1:2 f=5cm, 1955

Rear section of a n early M3 black paint unit

Top plate section of the rare, early M3 Black Paint, 1955

Corner sections and features of the 1955 early M3 Black Paint

LEICA M3 Black paint, with matching black paint collapsible Summicron 1:2 f=5cm

An original box for the M3 Black, 1955 in red velvet finishing. Compared this with the 1957 box one picture below.

Original maker box in red velvet for M3 Black, 1955
General box for 1957 M3 models.

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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

| Leica MP Nomenclature | Leica MP Instruction manual (1MB PDF) | Technical Specification (96k PDF) |

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