Early series of Leica M6 Models in sequential year of produce 1988, 1994, 1996 as well as price variations -MIR Image Library

 


Leica M6 chrome, 1992 & 1994 models

Both of the cameras shown here were only separated by difference in stages/serial numbers.
Almost identical in nature. Just as a visual reference only. If you trust the serial number provided online, it reads:

4/3/1992 M6 chrome 1914001~1915000 1000
4/28/1992 M6 black 1915001~1918000 3000
6/1/1992 M6 chrome 1918021~1919020 1000
9/4/1992 M6 chrome 1926001~1928000 2000
10/27/1992 M6 chrome 1928001~1931000 3000
12/10/1992 M6 chrome 1931001~1932000 1000
Ref:-
Leica M 1954/1999 (Cameraquest).
One interesting note provided by the Stephen's references is,
as if the batches were not in accordance with the serialized number. Leica does provide an online search of serial numbers:
Leica M-lens coding PDF (84k) download (Leica, AG);

Leica Camera/Leitz Lenses S/N check (requires registration) at Owners Support@LEICA camera, AG

The S/N of the M6 chrome below is 190389x as furnished by the auction house. It didn't appear in the list. Instead, it was listed as
8/22/1991 M6 chrome 1903501~1904500 1000; although this is not an important issue as these resources should be more than good enough as a quick refernces, but IF it really matters a lot, I would prefer to use LEICA AG owners' support area as a guide.

Leica M6 chrome, 1992 in original box and papers

Leica M6 chrome, 1992 front section view

Leica M6 chrome, 1992 top plate section

Leica M6 chrome, 1994 with original box and all documentation papers

Leica M6 chrome, 1994

Leica M6 chrome, 1992 front view

Leica M6 chrome, 1992 top view

Back view of Leica M6 chrome, 1992

base plate, Leica M6 chrome, 1992


Leica M6 black, 1995

There are two 1995 M6 here, one with a Leica M-grip (14405) while another is a bare basic model. Both fall between price range of EURO 1,100~1,300* .

* 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 classic M6 black body in original box, 1995 with Leica M-grip (14405)

Leica M6 chrome, 1995

Leica M6 chrome, 1995

Leica M6 chrome, 1995 back / rear section view

Top plate, Leica M6 chrome, 1995

Leica M6 black, 1996

In comparison, shown below is a typical LEICA M6 black of 1996 production. In a similar condition as the 1992/5 mint body above, this Leica M6 classic black, with a condition like new in an original (plastic) maker's box, with all corresponding papers would have a higher start up price of EURO 800-00 and an even higher hammer price at EURO 1,313-00*. Somehow, market interpretation may suggest a black M6 has a slight price edge over standard chrome bodies.

* 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 classic M6 black body in original box, 1996

After 1988, sales of M6 were going moderately well, with 1991 and 1994 within shooting target of reaching 10K. The years 1995 and 1997 had even surpassed 10,000 units again (Reflected as record profits in financial year 1996*). Citing all these years under the shadow of the awesome metering capabilities as well as fully autofocus SLR cameras, the fact that an M6 with a bare basics camera controls and metering function can still withheld its own territory as a rangefinder camera, was simply amazing. I guess one of the landmarks for Leica was the successful IPO listing of Leica AG on Frankfurt Stock Exchange (stock quote LCAGH.De) in 1996. Models produced during this period had no significant differences from earlier ones. Except after the IPO, Leica had access to public funding and more focus in their business nature. A typical pre-IPO M6 and a M6 introduced during IPO in 19996 as followed.

This 1994 set with an excellent rated mint condition had an indicative auction start price of
EUR 600 with buy-now price at EUR 1.140-00.

* Related: A good article on Leica AG's path from privately held entity to IPO in 1996.

Towards the end of millennium, the emergence of digital cameras has brought a strong change in the direction of analogue cameras, and the M6 was not spared. The subsequent years saw there was a slower sales figures on this evergreen classic rangefinder body by Leica AG. However, during this period we also witnessed the emergence of a series of special edition M6 cameras with higher sales premium, to supplement the conventional sales to boost profit.
The production of M6 classic body is believed to have ceased in 1998/1999, and replaced with an
M6, which had different viewfinder magnifications and hence named them as M6 TTL w/0.X indication.

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A very interesting visual guide on a Leica M6 Pre-M6TTL model w/0.85x Finder magnification

Fragile info on Leica M6 prototype | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

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

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