A visual profile on LEICA M3-70048x / 70078x Early series of M3 double stroke by leicashop® - MIR Image Library

 


Case study on two Leica M3 double stroke units and their respective premium in the used, collectible photographic equipment market. The first model featured carries a S/N 70048x while the follow-up model at the bottom of this page has a S/N M3-70078x - difference of 300 production number.

M3-70048x chrome was a very early M3 with most basic M3 early features which includes corner, the S/N suggests it was from the first series of 800 M3 bodies, all parts original, in perfect technical condition. Condition rated as B by Leicashop® auction team. Year of produce is the same at 1954. The auction start price is EURO 3,500-00 with a hammer price of EURO 5,76* 0 inc. premium. The next unit which carries a S/N 70078x has a modest start up price of EURO 1,900-00* even supplied with a Summicron-M 2/5cm lens. You can evaluate the differences via all the downloaded images from old archive at Leicashop® auction. Unfortunately, the images shown has not shown with the film back removed and see if the film track between the two had different design i.e. newer units has double rails. This could or may significantly affect the premium between the two Leica early M3 bodies. Cross reference: Leica M3-700131

* 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.

Early series of Leica M3-70048x body with all relevant early M3 features

Early series of Leica M3-70078x body with all relevant early M3 features

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


Leica M3 early double stroke unit with early S/N front viewLeica M3 early double stroke unit with early S/N bse section viewLeica M3 early double stroke unit with early S/N Back view of film back with old film reminder discLeica M3 early double stroke unit with early S/N Top camera plate view
Leica M3 DT with corner and angled eyelets


Leica M3 double stroke chrome model with an early Serial Number 700782

Here is another M3 double stroke. It is a very early camera in absolutely lovely condition, embodies with all basic features of an early M3 cameras (without corner). The camera also came with a matching early collapsible Summicron-M 2/5cm. Approx. Year: 1954. Just slightly out of the earliest production series and as a basis of price comparison; this early M3 camera/setup has quite a reasonable start price of EUR 1.900-00. I guess mainly due to slight imperfection to rate it as mint. You may compare the Summicron 1:2 f=5cm lens with the Prototype Simmicron-M 5cm f/2.0 as used on the M3 prototype, 1952. Similarly, also compare an alternate late ELMAR 5cm lens as used on the LEICA M3 100131.

* 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 popular Westlicht Auction House. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

Leica M3 early double stroke unit with early S/N and Summicron 2/5cm front view
Leica M3 early double stroke unit with early S/N Film back view with old style film reminder disc indexes


Leica M3 early double stroke unit with early S/N and Summicron 2/5cm front view

Top camera plate of a Leica M3 early double stroke unit with early S/N and Summicron 2/5cm


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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 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

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