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Leica M3 Single Stroke Black Paint Camera Rangefinder n.1038922 Rare!


  • $7,500.00
  • $7,500.00 Save $495

SKU: 22725
Barcode: 2166-2

An original black paint finish Leica M3 camera body. Second batch production ever made. Serial #1038922. First batch of black paint M3 serial number over 1 million. Very rare black paint finish. Of the near quarter million M3 bodies made only 3010 examples were ever made in black paint finish.

This example was made in 1961. This second batch production has all the later features of an M3 including the longer film advance lever, shorter rewind engagement lever, later style shutter speeds, ASA dial up to 1300, later style lugs and all. The first batch production has completely different features than this batch. Features the original patina. No touch up on the black paint or leatherette. 100% original and untouched. Original black paint. Even has the little bubbles that original black paint vintage Leica M cameras have that can not be duplicated and are only a sign of original, untouched ageing. Original matching late M3 black paint back door with the 1300 ASA dial compared to the first batch that shows ASA dial up to 1000. Shows brassing on the edges of the top and bottom plate but that's what makes it unique. Really beautiful! A must have for any collector or enthusiast.

  • Made in 1961
  • Original black paint example
  • Cat No. 10150(IGEMO)

Auction Includes
  • Front body cap
  • Rear plastic flash synch caps

Cosmetics 8/10
  • No major dings, dents or major marks
  • Black paint finish does show brassing along the edges
  • Original patina
  • Original black paint finish
  • Leatherette is all intact
  • Lugs are clean

Mechanics Working Well
  • Shutter speeds are accurate
  • All camera functions working normally

Optics Clean & Clear
  • Rangefinder/viewfinder is bright and clean
  • Shutter curtain is light leak free