Leica M6 His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand 50th Anniversary of His Coronation
GOLD
Edition with matching Gold-plated Summicron-M 1:2.0/50mm, 1996 - Part III

 

The serial number of HB-xxx engraving of LEICA M6 King of Thailand commemoration of Golden Jubilee 50th Year of  coronation rangefinder camera model
Each of the LEICA M6 Gold-plated Limited Edition camera kit featured here has three serial numbers encoded. A dedicated HM-xxx specifically for this series is engraved at one section of the accessory shoe, while another was the usual Leica production number at the opposite. There is another matching same HM-xxx coding is printed on the lens data ring w/ usual Leica lens production tracking S/N. (The Leica numberings marked on the lens doesn't matches with the Leica production serial marked on the accessory shoe). The beginning "HM" before the numbers letter can simply interpreted as "His Majesty". Similarly, the unique crest which has some symbolic features of a comparing Royal Crest has been repeated on few places. First, the white corrugated box which has it in full colored display, 2nd location was at the top plate on the presentation box and last location of the crest appears at the camera's top plate. This particular crest has been prominently pained in red over the engraved outlines. Adding the crest on the left section of the top plate adds a classy look or "Royal"-class flavor to the camera body.
   
Overall, I couldn't find fault in the camera configuration as well as in its top class built quality and finishing. The golden camera and the lens can be very eye arresting in a public area. Alternate usage if you feel it is too precious for normal photography: The kit should make as a great prestigious decorative presentation in your living room and/or corporate office.

In a typical complete camera kit package, the LEICA M6 GOLD THAI KING Limited Edition model should be having the two packaging of corrugated box in white/emblem; teakwood presentation case, proper documentation such as Instruction manuals, guarantee card as well as the certificate of authentication. Losing the latter could cause slight depreciation of its collectible value and it is advisable to keep it aside for safekeeping. Let us face the fact, I seriously doubt any collector would put such a beauty to test for frequent abuse on the field; although I don't thoroughly write off there are user who only uses the camera for normal usage but overall, it is more like a collectable piece rather than as an active tool for day to day photography (I know it is sinful..but when it relates directly to depreciation of personal wealth or in an investment, most people would change their mentality and behave like a collector, hehe...)

Front section view, LEICA M6 King of Thailand commemoration of Golden Jubilee 50th Year of  coronation rangefinder camera model with gold plated SUMMICRON-M 1:2/50mm lens

Back view of a lizard skinned leatherette Leica M6 Gold plated Camera
Top plate, LEICA M6 King of Thailand commemoration of Golden Jubilee 50th Year of  coronation rangefinder camera model

Base plate, LEICA M6 King of Thailand commemoration of Golden Jubilee 50th Year of  coronation rangefinder camera model

Credit: All images of this Thai King gold Leica body views courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House®. Images Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

   
Download PDF files for Summicron-M 1:2/50mm literature(s): 1994 version or instruction manual for 2001~ version via Summilux.net (both in German; 2) Leica AG site (current non-ASPH, classic version in English)

If you are observant enough or has been quite active in all those popular online trading places on collectible photographic equipment, this Leica M6 Gold Edition has quite a high turnaround rate in trading as well as exchanges. Personally most of these are occurred among the foreigners, and in a big proportion, among the Chinese community LEICA users group around the globe. To local Thai folks, this Thai King may mean something else and leaning more to sentimental, respect and preserving local heritage and in remembrance of a major event held for their beloved King.

For others, esp. the fellow Chinese LEICA users resides in mainland China; it may not be as sentimental to them on its origin of debut but I still would think this Limited Edition LEICA M6 Gold Edition kit has good potential for appreciation in value. So, whether from a perspective of investment, love for German mechanical and optical excellence it is a Leica in and out. Regardless you are treating it as a photographic imaging tool or a play toy, precious metal encased LEICA cameras always have its basis in preservation of core value. It may not be as other form of investment tool in seeing extreme in trading values, but it will always appreciates slowly but steadily - which may be an alternate way to hedge inflation.

LEICA M6 King of Thailand commemoration rangefinder camera model

Thailand gold encased amulet

gold encased buddhist votive amulet

Buddhist amulets cased in golden frames

Probably Thailand can easily rank itself as one of the world's top 5 consumers of gold behind the Indian and Chinese. This is PARTLY related to their deeply rooted religious belief in Buddhist Votive amulets where best of personal collection should be encased in best of presentation. Other than Gold as a traditional investment channel, for hundred of years, consumable usage such as Jewelry and others such as for Gold amulet casings makes gold usage grows steadily over the years. A Gold camera with association to the most respectable Icon in this Kingdom will always form as basis of preservation of its collectible value.

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Relative: Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Silver Jubilee Gold/Platinum Edition, 1992
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M6 Sultan of Brunei Darussalam 50th Birthday Edition(s), 1995

Relative: 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

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: All images of this Thai King gold Leica body views courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House®.
Images Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.