Leica: M6 Chrome ETH.Z Special Edition, 1987
In this version the camera was produced by special request for the 'Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule' ("ETHZ"), Zürich (a Technical Research
University in Switzerland) in a single edition which consists of three LEICA
M6 cameras only w/S/N. 1712001, 1712002, 1712003. The body has a Brass body chassis,
many other parts are constructionally identical to the previous LEICA M4. The engraving
on the top plate differs to the cameras produced in the M6 standard early production
series. The camera was built for experiments in a radioactive environment, it was
delivered on May 5th,1987 to the university.
|<<<-- Highly unusual top plate engravings in this M6 ETH.Z
technical edition Noting the normal LEICA logo type face used.
|One of these LEICA camera, was auctioned by Leicashop® via
live auction a few years ago was shown with complete correspondence between Leica
and the University ETH, guarantee card with matching number (no. 1712003, 1987) to
prove its existence. This edition is more like a special issued model based to fit
technical specification laid out by a University for scientific research and observation
purposes. This rare edition M6 has been strengthen in few areas to serve its purpose
and is like a normal LEICA in all camera handling; thus, it should be recorded as
a special edition in the M6-series archive.
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The rear section and the base plate seemingly like any
Leica standard production model. You probably had missed a feature in this edition,
the usual LEICA red logo roundel was not present, even if it has, probably it will
share the LEITZ logo rather then Leica. This Leica M6 was produced almost 20 years
ago, and probably due to entry establishment of LEICA with this technical application
camera with the institute, even today, ETH.Z still uses Leica Geo-system equipment in many of their technical research centres in ETH Zürich.
Just for information and reference only: This
extremely rare LEICA M6 has an auction start price of EURO 20,000-00 and a hammer
price fied at EURO 24,000-00*.
* 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.
Part 1 - Leica M6 / Hedri Cartier-Bresson, 1998 | Part 2 - Leica M6
TTL William Klein, 2001
| Part 3 - Discussions & Speical S/N of M6
Part 4 - Leica M6 electronic
prototype camera, 1981 | Part 5 - Early LEICA M6 Technical Application camera ETH.Z, 1987
Part 6 - Leica M7 Prototype w/M6 chassis, 2002 | Part 7
- Leica M6 TTL Vaclav
Havel Presentation kit, 2000
Part 8 - Leica
M6 TTL Martin Luther King Jr., 2001 (info only)
Others:- a) M6 TTL NOMI Baumgartl / charity kit
Main Index Page
- Leica M6-series models / Main Index Page - Leica-M Rangefinder
Nomenclature / Main Reference Map for Leica M6 Standard Model(s) applicable to this LEICA M6 Technical Application
Instruction Manuals:- Leica M6 Classic in PDF (3.8mb) applicable to this LEICA M6 Technical Application camera by Niels
H. S. Nielsen
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