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

 
 

LEICA M6 Sultan of Negeri Brunei Darussalam Silver Jubilee 24ct Gold rangefinder camera/lens Edition w/gold plated SUMMILUX 1:1.4/50mm SAMBUTAN JUBLI PERAK edition
The top plate of this LEICA M6 Sultan of Brunei Silver Jubilee Edition has two royal emblems engraved. One is the royal Official crest while the other the was written in Jawi and arranged in a pattern.

The serial numbering has two codes, one is Leica production serial, and the other, marked "HB-1x" is the specific unit produced. The "HB" probably signifies "His Majesty Brunei".
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Link to enlarged view of letter of certification and aurhentification of LEICA M6 Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Silver Jubilee 24 carat Gold plated Edition, 1992
This early and rarely seen camera was surfaced in an auction trading conducted by a Japanese trader (Matsomoto - refer to the supplied Link at the credit section above) who specializes in collectible Leica and has a price tag of JPY 2 Million (approx. USD19,000-00, as the current financial market is very unstable, exchange rates keep changing, please use the Currency Converter to find out the current rate). Fortunately, the sale has included an original Letter of Authentication which states the total quantity of 350 units is available for this edition; if not, I won't be able to provide the data of the exact number of issued quantity. (CLICK)

NOTE: As of 01.10.2008 - This collectible LEICA M6 is still available at Matsomoto !
Strictly speaking, unless you are very familiar with what you are collecting, always seek advice from experienced collectors. A good way is to source as much information as possible from reading references and/or Internet. One thing that I have learned over the years is that most camera with special purpose and meaningful issuance objective often are well planned and it is highly unlikely that a special edition camera with potentially collectible value will not be accompanied with matching accessories, whether in the form of display presentable box, lens, motor winder, body cap or hood etc. In most cases, special edition camera kit will always come with proper documentation as well as purpose or objective of the release. In this case, the showcased unit here has most of the essential elements supplied. I am sharing these because I have learned from a mistake from my purchase of a Colombo '92 from a reputable camera dealer in US where the camera body was supplied with a full metal body cap with special engraving BUT without the lens ! Partly that was my fault for not finding more info prior to acquisition but what I had experienced should always be shared with potentially new collectors.
   

The 24 carat gold plated SUMMILUX-M 1:1.4/50mm lens for LEICA M6 Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Silver Jubilee 24 carat Gold plated rangefinder camera/lens Edition, 1992
Just imagine such a wonderful piece of art without this equally sparkling all 24 carat gold plated SUMMILUX-M 1:1.4/50mm on the M6 Gold Edition... The lens was not just a gold plated optic. At the front of the lens data ring, it has additional engraving "SAMBUTAN JUBILEE PERAK" (Commemorating / welcome to the Silver Jubilee (year) with "3 OKT. 92" (3rd October, 1992) that follows. Why 2/10 92 ? It was at the Silver Jubilee year that His Majesty took delivery of the Mushaf Brunei Darussalam*.

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Link to Picture of Brunei national Mosque
* I am not a Muslim but roughly I can explain "Mushaf" as alternate form of reading reference to the teaching of Prophet MUHAMMAD to the Islamic Holiest Reading reference, Qu'ran. The Mushaf Brunei Darussalam here can be interpreted as Official Qu'ran for State of Brunei. According to what I can find out, the IMRAN (head of Brunei National Mosque) had specifically ordered hand made 6001 copies of Mushaf from Mesir (Egypt); the first book is the Official Mushaf which is handed to His Majesty, The Sultan, 1,000 books for Ministries and Officials and remaining 5,000 copies to be distributed for free to the citizen of Brunei. The hand over of the Official Mushaf was on the 3rd of October, 1992. It was quoted as "sempena Sambutan Jubli Perak Baginda Menaiki Takhta" (congratulating and commemorating the Silver jubilee year of His Majesty.. something like that, these are royal literature languages <<<--- Credit: Image courtesy of my fellow countryman. Kenny Goh® .His personal portfolio is available at www.kenjiimages.net. Image copyright © 2005. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

Rear section view of LEICA M6 Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Silver Jubilee 24 carat Gold plated rangefinder camera/lens Edition, 1992

Link to Original Woden presentation case/box for LEICA M6 Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Silver Jubilee 24 carat Gold plated Edition, 1992

Front view of the presentation wooden case with gold-plated plate with special engraving, LEICA M6 Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Silver Jubilee 24 carat Gold plated Edition, 1992

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LEICA M6 Sultan of Negeri Brunei Darussalam Silver Jubilee 24ct Gold / Diamond Edition, 1996

Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Gold Edition w/Diamond top plate  
   
Just when thought, hey... I had already seen it all. NO, brother. The same Leica M6 Sultan's birthday Gold edition featured here also has a Diamond-equipped variant, according the general info the Diamond equipped Gold edition (possibly the most important guests were given either the M6 Platinum or the M6 platinum with diamond model) are supposedly meant for "Distinctive Guests" who were being invited for the 50th Birthday of the Sultan. The L&H auction introduced the set as " PRICE: HK$ 800,000 - 1,200,000 M6 Gold-plated with Diamond for 50th Birthday of the Sultan of Brunei. In 1996, in order to commemorate the 50th birthday of His Majesty Sultan of Brunei on 15th Jul 1996, Brunei ordered the special limited edition from Leica in 1996. It was a special gift to prestige guests of honore, and never release to market for sale. The special number of this set is HB-039, with one fine cut diamond and the royal emblem engraving at the top plate. ”15th July 1996” and ”In Commemoration of The 50th Birthday of His Majesty Sultan” are engraved at the back. The camera covered in red lizard leather and plated in 24 carat gold. The set comes with Summilux-M 1.4/35mm ASPH lens in 24 carat gold, with ”HB039-125“ imprinted at the front lens deterring; also with gold lens front cap with the royal emblem, extremely rare! The camera comes with body cap, strap, lens cloth, lens rear cap, wooden box, certificate of diamond and all packing. ..". Based on the accompanied certification by Europen Geomological Laboratory, the natural diamond used weighs 0.5 carat w/round briliannt cut spec.  
Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Gold Edition w/Diamond Front Section Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Gold Edition w/Diamond top plate

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Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Gold Edition w/Diamond with original wooden box, gold plated lens cap

Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Gold Edition w/Diamond Rear section view Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Gold Edition w/Diamond top plate  literature and authentification
     
 

Link to 1996 LEICA M6 Platinum Sultan of Brunei Edition
In 1996, in commemoration of the 50th birthday of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam on 15th July, 1996, a LEICA M6 Platinum Special Edition was released. I am quite convinced His Majesty must also be a keen photographer too ...WHY ?
   
Just go to this site (LEICA Gallery by KB camera®) OR Digifan China site. It has shown with two 24-carat ALL GOLD-plated PROTOTYPE SUMMICRON-M 1:2/50mm ASPH & SUMMILUX-M 1:1.4/35mm ASPH for SALE at an astonishing price tage for two lenses @ USD49,995-00 ! If one doesn't have any interest in photography and did an order for a no-budget kind of personalized lens system for his camera, in all basic logical explanation - it couldn't be, isn't it ? It was not known did the lenses made the way to the Palace but all we know is, the 1992's LEICA M6 Gold plated Edition is not entirely a one-lens camera edition now.

Digifan site link
Both the sites share similar explantion of these few all gold ASPH lenses:

" ...This is about as RARE as it gets for Leica Lenses. These two lenses are Prototypes made for the Sultan of Brunei when he requested that Leica make him 125 sets of 24 carat Gold 35mm F1.4 Summilux Asph. and 50mm F2 Summicron M. These were acquired from the former Leica xxxxx in Germany. The 35mm F1.4 Asph Summilux is SN#3751000 and also Special SN# HB 000-125. The 50mm F2 Summicron is SN#3884300 with no other markings. The HB are the initials of the Sultan of Brunei. These prototype lenses were the originals made for the President of Leica Germany to present to the Sultan of Brunei. The Sultan later ordered the #125 sets. The Sultan did NOT offer these for sale, they were special gifts to the distinguished guests of the palace, and upon there last night of stay the Two Gold lenses (of the #125 sets the Sultan ordered) were placed upon the nightstand of the guests bed as "gifts from the Sultan". You must have been someone special to get to be a guest of the Sultan, but even more so to receive these lenses. The lenses are 24 Gold plated unlike any other Leica gold lens. The lens is completely covered in Gold, including the lens mount and focus ring! Not to mention the screws that hold the mount are also 24 Carat Gold plated!!Å@The Sultan requested that the lenses must be entirely 24 Carat Gold as much as possible.Å@Previous Gold lenses had rubber focus rings etc..Å@The Gold must be pretty thick knowing these are wear points on a lens. Both lenses are in Perfect condition with no flaws of any kind, absolutely NEW. The 50mm has a built in retractable Gold lens hood. The 35mm has a detachable black plastic lens hood. Front and Rear caps are included with both lenses..."


Original introduction for these lenses written by by KB camera <http://www.leicagallery.com/goldlensessb.htm>. NOTE: I have deleted the name & job title/designation of the person involved, not very appropriate to publish these in an open media.
   
Anyway, in between the releases, we have also witnessed two LEICA M6 special edition which also have a touch of Royal flavor. 700 Units of 24 carat Gold Plated LEICA M6 w/ a matching 24 carat Gold plated SUMMICRON-M 1:2/50mm release in commemoration of the 50th Golden Jubilee Year Celebration in 1996 in relating to Reign of His Majesty King Bhumiphol Adulyadej of Thailand. Another was a Leica M6 special edition in commemorating Denmark's Prince Joachim marriage to Miss Alexandra Manley which was issued on the marriage date:18th of November 1995. It was dubbed as LEICA M6 Royal Wedding Edition. Update: The couple has announced separation in 2004.

Leica M6 rare Platinum Unit for Sultan of Brunei Silver Jubilee Year, 1992 with Matching Platinum-plated SUMMILUX-M 1.1.4/50mm with special engraving of Jubilee year commemoration in Malay
For those of you who may thought the LEICA M6 Gold Sultan of Brunei Silver Jubilee Edition was only confined to this particular model, WRONG! The Silver Jubilee Edition has at least TWO models: One in 24-carat Gold-plated and another in PLATINUM -plated finishing Recently I managed to locate one of these rare units with no info in relation to its exact quantity of issue via Peter Coeln's LEICASHOP.com conducted Westlicht Auction Sale. Because the all the engraving were in Malay language and probably the auction has mistakenly refer it as one of the M6 Platinum 50th Birthday Edition.

This one's basic configuration is identical to the Gold-plated model, except that it was made in all Platinum-plated finishing on the camera body as well as the SUMMILUX-M 1.4/50mm and a grayish leatherwork. The lens has the same Malay engraving of SAMBUTAN JUBLI PERAK 5 OCT. 92 imprinted at the front lens data ring.

Similarly, the top plate of this rarely seen Leica M6 Platinum rangefinder model for Sultan of Brunei Silver Jubilee Year, 1992 with the matching Platinum-plated SUMMILUX-M 1.1.4/50mm has the similar special engraving of a red Royal Crest, a emblem with Jawi language make-up pattern as well as S/N with starting code of HB-xxx. The Serial Numbering uses the same coding overlapped with the Gold-plated edition and only can be separated via body and leatherwork finishing. I am handicapped here, as there is no other info in relation to actual quantify for the Platinum finish release.

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Top plate of a rare Leica M6 Platinum rangefinder model for Sultan of Brunei Silver Jubilee Year, 1992 with Matching Platinum-plated SUMMILUX-M 1.1.4/50mm with special engraving  Royal Crest, emblem and S?N HB-xxx

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Other related LEICA M6 camera models issued in the same Platinum Finishing:-
Leica M6 Platinum Dummy Set, 1989 | Leica M6 PLATINUM '150/75 Jahre', 1989
Leica M6 Platinum Sultan of Brunei Silver Jubilee Edition, 1992 | Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Special 50th Birthday Edition, Platinum w/diamond, 1995
Leica M6 "Anton Bruckner" (1824~1996) Platinum Edition, 1996 | Leica M6 Schmidt Platinum Centenary (100 Years), 1996
Leica M6 Platinum Henri Cartier Bresson / Louis Vuitton One unit Special Edition, 1998
Leica M6 Platinum "150 jahre Optik" Wetzlar Optisches Institute Edition, 1999

Relative: Leica M6 HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand Golden Jubilee Edition | Other 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.