Early series of Leica M6 Models in sequential year of produce order as well as price variations -MIR Image Library

 


Leica M6 Black, 1984

According to references, the first LEICA M6 has a "normal" serial number 1657251. Here is a classic example of a very early M6 with a S/N 165889x. Beautifully preserved in all black finishing. In many ways, the M6 closely resembles the M4-P introduced barely a few year ahead in 1981. One major difference between the two was the built-in TTL metering capability and incorporation of electronic circuitry inside the M6 for its heavy center-weighted, more to partial metering pattern. The film speed index disc corresponds with the electronic metering circuit. However, the camera is still a mechanical in all its camera functions. Various controls and camera features are elegantly designed, solidly built, rugged and the quality feel are all over. One common way to identify the early M6 is via the red roundel "Leitz" with "E. Leitz Wetzlar GMBH" engraved at the top, just above the eyepiece. After the assembly works had shifted to SOLMS, it changes to "Leica" with plain top plate at the usual position of engraved origin. Please also take note that M4-P was sold along with the M6 and up to 1987, M4-P was still being listed in Leica product literature. In 1986, sales of the very well received M6 had picked up to a level to a state that Leica concluded the model had found a strong footing, hence the regular production of M4-P had ceased. Further, shipping of Leica M6 Chrome version began from Wetzlar plant a year later in 1985, with only an initial small production batch of approx. 600 units (S/N 1682351~1682950) only. T

A typical M4 early series such as the showcased model here with a rating of "B" has an auction price of approx. EURO 1,350-00* .

* 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.

Leica M6 Black, early 1984 model front view

LEICA M6 Silver Chrome early model with red LEITZ roundel and ERNST LEITZ WETZLAR GMBH engraving at top plate

Early LEICA M6 Silver Chrome early model with red LEITZ roundel and "ERNST LEITZ WETZLAR GMBH" engraving at top plate.

LEICA M6 Silver Chrome early model with red LEITZ roundel / logo at the front LEICA M6 Silver Chrome early model with  ERNST LEITZ WETZLAR GMBH engraving at top plate

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Top plate of an early version, Leica M6 Black Wetzlar model in 1984

base plate section of an early version, Leica M6 Black Wetzlar model in 1984

An early Leica M6 black with Leitze logo rear section view

An early Leica M6 black with Leitze logo base plate




LEICA M6 Black 10404, 1985

very early Wetzlar M6, without strap lug protection; supplied with original maker's boxes w/Leitz Logo.
Please take note early M6 series has the big LEITZ logo on the original maker's box/packaging as shown below.


Leica M6 Black Paint, 1985 with original full Kit
Top plate of an early Leica/Leitz M6 , 1985

Close-up view of serial Number of a Leica M6 Black Paint, 1985 with older Leitz Logo



Leica M6 Black, 1986

Similarly, the 1986 M6 shares almost identical basic configuration with the early 1984 series. Note the Leitz red roundel and Wetzlar engraving at the top plate. One tiny addition to the camera is a insertion of a piece of protective plate just above the camera strap eyelet on each side to prevent constant fiction of the metal lug scratching the side of the body chassis. The next showcased 1988 model will be different with these minor changes. From 1985 onwards, M6 had picked up in its sales, sold 6X more than the early debut year. The 1986 sales had again peaked at approx. 11,000 units - 10x from the first year in 1984. The camera here, with a good rating of A/B, has a lightly decreased value of EURO 1,250-00*, probably was affected by the high sales figures sold in 1986.

M6 black 1687951~1691950 4000 units; M6 black 1701451~1704600 3150 units; M6 black 1704800~1705450 650 units; M6 chrome 1705451~1707450 2000 units; M6 black 1707451~1711450 4000 units Ref: Leica M 1954/1999, Cameraquest

* 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.


LEICA M6 Black WETZLAR, 1986 model, front view

LEICA M6 Black WETZLAR, 1986 model, rear section view

Leica M6 Type 1 Silver Chrome Version, 1986
 

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Leica M6 chrome, 1987

Below is a M6 black w. S/N 171305x which fall within the first 3,000 units of chrome bodies in 1987 (black M6 took up another 4,000 units in 1987. Please take note that both easy identifications remained - i.e. Leitz logo and engraved Wetzlar on top plate. Early series may have the black box as shown. Later models had reverted to white plastic box. Personally, black lasts the test of time, with the white plastic easily showing the age over time. This chrome M6 has an auction indicative price slightly lower than the black version shown above EURO 1,150-00.

M6 chrome 1711451~1714450 3000 units; M6 black 1724451~1728450 4000 units Ref: Leica M 1954/1999, Cameraquest

LEICA M6 chrome, 1987 with original box

Top plate, LEICA M6 chrome, 1987

Rear view, LEICA M6 chrome, 1987
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Credit: Images courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer. Credit: Image courtesy of Photo_Arsenal-Worldwide® Germany. The Company also maintains an active EBAY Store, trading many used and new photo equipment of various labels. Photo Aersenal can be contacted at Photo Arsenal Boris Jamchtchik, Altenfurter Str.16a 90475 Nuernberg Germany Tel.: +49 (0) 911/ 4008081 E-Mail: ebayshop@arsenal-photo.com. Image(s) copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.