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LEICA M6 Classic chrome, ETHZ special edition rangefinder camera, 1987
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.

Front view of the LEICA M6 Classic chrome, ETHZ special edition rangefinder camera, 1987 Sectional view, top right section, LEICA M6 Classic chrome, ETHZ special edition rangefinder camera, 1987
LEICA M6 ETH Zurrich edition with documentation Leica M6 Chrome, ETH Zurich University technical application camera, 1987

Top plate, LEICA M6 Classic chrome, ETHZ special edition rangefinder camera, 1987

Base plate

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Rear section view of LEICA M6 Classic chrome, ETHZ special edition rangefinder camera, 1987
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*.

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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.

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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 (info only)
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 camera Models

Nomenclature / Main Reference Map for Leica M6 Standard Model(s) applicable to this LEICA M6 Technical Application camera Edition
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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