Leica M6 Sultan of Negeri Brunei Darussalam Silver jubilee GOLD Edition with gold plated SUMMILUX-M 1:1.4/50mm, 1992

 

LEICA Standard LUXUS Replica in gold plated finish w/ ELMAR 5cm 1:3.5 gold plated lens
SITE PREVIEW 1st draft 03.04.2014 For centuries, GOLD - the most trusty precious metal among all has been used as a medium for monetary exchange. It once formed the basis for gold standard before the collapse of the Bretton Woods Exchange system, but is nevertheless still widely acceptable as an excellent medium for hedging inflation and preservation of individual wealth. In terms of metal properties, although soft in its pure form, gold does not react with most chemical except for certain solvents, such as chlorine, flurine etc. (It dissolves in mercury). It was believed that most of the gold that had been excavated out from earth will hardly "disappear or vaporize" due to these unique metal properties.

<<<--- Leica started offering gold plated Leica Camera Deluxe / LUXUS range of RF cameras as early as in 1930. But overall, rangefinder Leicas in gold finish were not too common except for select special editions of the M-series (a few of these are shown below).
   
A typical example was the 911 attack, despite billions worth of assets have been gone along with the ashes, the storage of gold bullion at the basement of the totally demolished World Trade Centers in New York was literally recovered in full. So, modern theory states the gold is equally good for fencing off unpredictable disastrous events as the paper money. Gold in its raw form is actually a dense, soft and shiny metal, brilliant bright yellow in color; traditionally considered as very attractive, hence delivering a kind of of charm hardly matched by other metals. For centuries, from Maya kingdom in southern continent of America, ancient Egypt to emperors from different period of Dynasties in China, gold was valued as a wealth of nation, and sometimes for ornamentation as well as ritual usage. Probably to most English reading surfers, the mad Gold Rush by early English settlers in North America was also one of the many factors that had contributed in creating United States of America.
   
Leica M3 Gold plated Edition, 1957 Leica M4-2 Gold Okar Barnack 10tth year 1879~1989 Gold plated edition with Gold plated Summilux-M 1:1.4/50mm lens

Probably the first in the LEICA M-Series, a LEICA GOLD M3 with gold plated lens and accessories, 1957

LEICA M-2 Gold Oskar Barnack 1,000 units edition w/50mm 1:1.4 offered in 1979.

   
Leica R3 1979 Oskar Barnack 100th year 1879~1979 Gold edition and Leica R4 Gold with Summilux X/R 50mm f/1.4 gold plate lens
Leica didn't produce only Gold plated rangefinder cameras. The SLR-based LEICA R3 (1979) Oskar Barnack was paired with the Leica M4-2 gold edition, each system had 1,000 units made.
The right picture was a LEICA R4 Gold plated edition which was introduced in 1984 with a matching gold plated Summilux- X-R 1:1.4/50mm lens. Both of these editions were made in Leitz Portugal plant.
   
LEICA R6.2 Hong Kong's Re-Union with 
The People's Republic of China commemorative Gold Ediiton Set, 1997

LEICA R6.2 Hong Kong's Re-Union with
The People's Republic of China commemorative Gold Ediiton
Set, 1997

LEICA 6.2 Singapore 30th Anniversary of Independence
1965~1995 Gold Plated Edition
(click for more images)

   
I am not particularly sure if there were Leica M5 Gold version being produced for other special occations or not. Recently with the help of Mr. Edmond, L&H Auction, Hong Kong, he was kind enough to provide me with some clue on the few and rare LEICA R6.2 GOLD variations. LEICA R6.2 Hong Kong's re-united with People's Republic of China commemorative Gold Edition Set, 1997 & LEICA 6.2 Singapore 30th Anniversary of Independence 1965~1995 Gold Edition, Relative: Other comparative Gold SLR cameras (SLRs) outfits:- Nikon F Gold outfit | Canon F1 GOLD | Nikon F2 GOLD | Nikon FM GOLD | Nikon FA Limited Edition GOLD | Pentax LX Limited Edition GOLD | Olympus OM2N Limited Edition GOLD | For others please refer to the Main Index Page

Gold is chosen simply as it interprets wealth, power, status and respect, but often over centuries, it also formed the basis of many historical political conflicts around the globe. But in many parts of the world, esp. the orient, the precious metal is still often tied to royal throne where even the associated yellow color symbolizes highest ranked and the most respectful status in a country. There were a couple of known LEICA rangefinder camera issued in the Leica M6 Series which were packaged in all gold plated packaging. In most cases, the matching lens were also being plated in equal gold finish. In some extremely rare instances, gold finish also covers the component accessories as well.

LEICA M6 Sultan of Negeri Brunei Darussalam Silver Jubilee 24ct Gold Edition w/gold plated SUMILUX 1:1.4/50mm SAMBUTAN JUBLI PERAK edition
The highlight of this section is actually centered on a less known special LEICA M6 Sultan of Negeri Brunei Darussalam Silver Jubilee 24ct Gold Edition w/brown leatherette which came along with a matching Gold-plated Summilux-M 1:1.4/50mm lens where most references often relate an equivalent 1996 Gold edition which formed part of a few variant package for the 50th Birthday of Sultan of Brunei special edition.

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Here in this site, the Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Gold Edition has three models, namely, plain Gold Edition 50th Birthday model w/brown leather, black leather (25th Anniversary of accession to the throne) and a brown leather w/diamond (50th Birthday). The Sultan of Brunei's platinum birthday edition has two variants, the "top end" model has a diamond too. Probably there could be other variant(s). you may update me if you want, Thanks. NOTE: This Sultan of Brunei plain Gold edition model actually shares many similarities with the LEICA M6 Thai King Gold Edition, 1996

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Leica M6 Gold Edition Sambutan Jubli Perak / 25th Anniversary of accession to the throne of Sultan of Brunei, 1992
Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei in black leather design by L&H Auction House, Hong Kong
An even more rare model is here: To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of accession to the throne of Sultan of Brunei on 1st October 1992, the royal family ordered 350 sets of gold plated Leica M6 Sambutan Jubli Perak. The national totem of Sultan engraved on the top plate and “Sambutan Jubli Perak” engraved at the back. The camera is decorated with black leather embossed ornamentation. The camera comes with Summilux-M 1.4/50mm lens in gold, engraved "Sambutan Jubli Perak 5 Oct 92". The commemorative number is HB-230. This set comes with packing, wooden box, hood and hood cap, body cap, lens rear cap, cleansing cloth, strap, because the set is in brand new condition and this well preserved set has a hammer price of HK$ 306,800-00 !

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Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Black Leather TOP Plate Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Black Leather  full set Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Black Leather  w/documentations
Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Black Leather  rear view

Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Black Leather  side view with lens attached

Somehow, the black leatherette covering makes the camera more appealing and presents itself with a more natural matching with the gold finishes huh ? I guess so too.

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I am not quite unfamiliar with Brunei Darussalam; back in 1997 after good exposure with completion of the Formula 1 project for Sepang F1 Circuit, our Company, MIR has been commissioned to develop the official governmental website for Brunei which include a massive inclusion of 14 sub satellite sites for the respective ministries where it took us 3 months to complete. Much of the original content as well as the core framework of the site we developed still exists today. Errr .. I guess it might be a good idea to provide links and talk to them again on site revamp huh ? hehe..one good old sly fox, I am.
   

The Official name of Brunei is Negeri Brunei Darussalam (in Malay languages or Bahasa term, means "State of Brunei, Abode of Peace" in direct translation). It is a relatively small country, but blessed with rich reserves of oil and natural gas. This Muslim majority country is located at the northwestern cost of Borneo Island and situated closely to the State of Sarawak, East Malaysia. It gained independence from British colonial rule in 1984. Brunei is a monarchy and is reigned by powerful remnant of a localized sultanate system which dates back to the 14th century.

<<<--- His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei Darussalam, often was ranked among as one of the richest individual by western media.
     
Born in 15th July 1946 and crowned on 1st August 1968, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, current Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, is the 29th of his line of the Brunei monarchy. Very much respected by locals as a working and foresighted monarch, where His Majesty is fondly referred as the architect of modern Brunei. He remains a very influential figure in the SEA region and works tirelessly in the promotion and strengthening of inter-countries relationship esp. Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. I do understand the Sultan was quite an active sportsman esp. in the field of polo (a team sport played outdoor on horseback) and had successfully organized the 20th South East Asian Games in 1999 under his supervision but had no idea if he is an active photographer like The King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Kingdom of Thailand. But in 1992 (more exactly, 1993), it was the 25th Jubilee year on throne for the much respected Sultan, somehow an idea of creating a special edition of Leica to commemorate the special occasion had been proposed and accepted. Why a camera amidst all forms of possibilities ? Err .. a wild guess is, may be His Majesty, the Sultan does possess a personal interest in the field of photography as well.

Royal Proclamation of His Royal Highness as the Crown Prince of Brunei, Al-Muhtadee Billah
The date August 10, 1998, marked the Royal Proclamation of His Royal Highness, Al-Muhtadee Billah - the eldest son of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, as the Crown Prince of Brunei. The proclamation puts him in line to become the 30th Sultan of Brunei. My good friend, Vincent Thian, AP photographer took this memorable picture inside the Palace.

RELATED:
History of Brunei by Gramham Saunder
Bandar Seri Begawan, Capital City
Istana Nurul Iman Official residence of Sultan
Tourism of Brunei

NOTE: "Negeri" in Malay/Bahasa means State(s). For an instance, Malaysia has 14 administrative States in the country; This model has the engraving word "Negeri" (Brunei has very close relationship with other Sultan(s) who acts as non-political Head of various States in Malaysia); the followed up Sultan Brunei 50th birthday model in 1995 has reverted / changed to use an alternate word "Negara" - which means Country or Nation in native Malay Language or Bahasa.


Anyway, I think I should also take the opportunity to highlight a more important event that might be more directly associated with the people of Brunei, i.e. an important event in the establishment Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Foundation at the same corresponding Silver Jubilee Year (1992). The foundation basically works like a state-run welfare establishment which formed and intended to look after the general welfare (such as full governmental sponsorship in education, medical, rural development) or issues that relate directly to livelihood etc. for people in Brunei. I am telling you this because I had met an old couple in the renown IJN heart hospital (Institute Jantung Negara/
National Heart Institute of Malaysia). Back in 1998, the man who happened to be in the hospital room next to mine, told me all expenses for his heart surgery as well as his whole family's trip to accompany him were paid by the foundation. I thought that was nice and was impressed with such public welfare system. It was just a small episode that reflects the Sultan actually was slowly starting to release its wealth back to the grassroots level of community as early as that stage. For the curious westerners, probably His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah was best known via media exposure such as Fortune Magazine Annual Wealth Rating which has the Sultan being often ranked among as the world's richest individual for many years. Anyway, I am aware there are plenty shorelines that kept circulating around the figure over the years but undeniably, behind the rich, colorful yet and a little mysterious background of this most famous personality from the State of Brunei, we may find something a little personal via issue of this LEICA Special Edition camera here.

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Outlining its external features as well as other issues that relate
as well as a rarely surfaced M6 Platinum Sultan Brunei Silver Jubilee edition, 1992

Part 1 | Part 2 | Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Special 50th Birthday Edition, Platinum w/diamond, 1995

Relative: Leica M6 HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand Golden Jubilee Edition | Gold cameras (SLRs) outfit
Leica M3 Gold, 1957 | Leica M4-2 Gold | Nikon F Gold outfit | Canon F1 GOLD | Nikon F2 GOLD | Nikon FM GOLD | Nikon FA Limited Edition GOLD
Pentax LX Limited Edition GOLD | Olympus OM2N Limited Edition GOLD | for others please refer to the Main Index Page

Main Index Page - Leica M6-series models / Main Index Page - Leica-M Rangefinder camera Models

Nomenclature / Main Reference Map for Leica M6 Standard Model(s) applicable to this M6 Gold Edition | Others:- Leica M6 TTL Model(s)
Instruction Manuals:-
Leica M6 Classic in PDF (3.8mb) applicable to this Gold Edition by Niels H. S. Nielsen; Others:- Leica M6 TTL 3.6 Mb PDF) by Joe Chan

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Credit: Image(s) courtesy of MATSUMOTO camera Japan ®. The group also operates their own active, popular Online Website, trading for many major camera brands and collectibles Leica & other major labels. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer. Related images of other gold Leica bodies courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House® as well as www.Auction-Team-DE ®. The group also operates live auction active, popular Ebay Live Auction, auctioning many collectibles oldies such as Leica & other major labels. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.