Leica M3 Black Rangefinder camera model(s)

 

Generally, Black bodied LEICA M3 bodies were rarer in volume produced and easily an original black paint M3 body could fetch a higher premium than comparing M3 chrome bodies. The highest production of M3 Black Paint was between 1962/3 where an approx. 2000+ units had been rolled out from Leitz plant. However, the ratio between Chrome / Black was at 5:1. Take an example o this LEICASHOP® auctioned 1962 M3 black paint model with less than perfect state but still. it has auction price of approx. EURO 6,500-00*. Leica M3 Black was believed to start producing after 1958 - almost at the period many of the Leica M3 single stroke units were being produced. As for double stroke M3 black paint, one such rare example which is showcased on the Page 1 earlier.

M3 black paint Single Stroke, approx. Year: 1962

Very rare, original black paint M3 body from official batch, nice patina (some repaint), technically perfect, clean finder and shutter, matching black paint Summicron 2/50mm, clean optics, cap
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* 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.

Top view of the control plate of a rare and highly collectible Leica M3 black body model in single stroke, 1962
The matching Summicron 1:2 f=50mm standard lens in a rare and highly collectible Leica M3 black body model in single stroke, 1962
Well used, bottom plate of a Leica M3 black body model in single stroke, 1962
The film speed reminder disc at the rear section of a rare and highly collectible Leica M3 black body model in single stroke, 1962
A Leica M3 black body model in single stroke, 1962 with matching standard lens, Leitz Summicron 1:2 f=50mm lens



Another Leica M3 black in better condition, it carries with an auction BUY-NO price of approx. EURO 6,800-00. I can't imagine what will be the calling price for a mint set.

M3 black paint Single Stroke, approx. Year: 1962

Rare, fully original black paint M3 body from official batch.


Another Leica M3 black paint body model in single stroke, 1962
Top control panel with various features on a Leica M3 black paint body model in single stroke
Bottom plate of a Leica M3 black paint body model in single stroke

Film back section with film speed reminder disc on a Leica M3 black paint body model in single stroke

Is a rare and collectible Leica piece worthy collecting ?
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The two black paint M3 bodies shown here may not be in absolute perfect state.
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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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