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LEICA M6 TTL Black Paint Öresundsbron (10482) Special Edition, 2000

For Danish and Swedish Nationals, the Millennium Year 2000 carried with significant meaning as an important landmark for both countries, the Oresund Bridge (Danish:- Øresundsbroen, Swedish:- Öresundsbron, joint hybrid name "
Øresundsbron") was officially opened for public on 1st July, 2000 with Queen Margrethe II Denmark Logoof Denmark and King Carl XVI Gustaf Swedish logoof Sweden, presiding

LEICA M6 TTL Black Paint …resundsbron (10482) Special Edition rangefinder camera model, 2000 w/ black paint Summilux-M 1:1.4/50mm ASPH in wooden presentation box

The Øresundsbron Bridge is a combined two-track rail and four-lane road bridge across the Oresund strait and connects the two metropolitan areas of the Oresund Region: the Danish capital of Copenhagen with the Swedish city of Malmö. The bridge is the longest border crossing bridge in the world. Well, although the landmark has significant impact to tourism, but I don't think both countries were aiming to build the "world's first" kind of objective.

¯resundsbron Bridge link to original source   With completion of the Øresundsbron Bridge, it bridges two Nations where over the last few
centuries the straits have increasingly become an obstacle to mobility between the two countries, With increased industrialization and the internationalization of Europe, however, the concept of a fixed link began to take shape. Basically, another important objective was to bringScandinavia closer to the European continent.

Credit:- Image source:
Wikipedia / NASA, US
Satellite view of ¯resundsbron Bridge, link to original NASA source  

By offering the fastest and most direct route between Copenhagen and Malmö and between Zealand and Skåne, the Øresund Bridge offers the region's inhabitants a greater choice of where to work, study, live, shop or travel. It extends better coordination on exchange of cultural, tourism, businesses and better interaction between people living in the two cojuntries. NOTE: The Consortium who undertook the project, Øresundsbro Konsortiet’s parent companies are the Danish A/S Øresund and the Swedish Svensk- Danska Broförbindelsen, SVEDAB AB, which have built and financed the respective landworks in Denmark and Sweden. Both companies are fully owned by the governments of their countries. Recommended Links on Øresundsbron Bridge: 1) Official Website; 2) Wikipedia; 3) Øresundsbron Region; 4) Annual Reports; PDF downloads:- 1) The Bridge (1.3mb); Other Essential Informations.

LEICA M6 TTL Black Paint …resundsbron (10482) Special Edition, 2000 with all original packaging and documentation
So, while the businesses on rest of the world who may had other ideas in commomorating the Millenium year, both countries had their own celebrating the special occation. Norsisk Foto A/S Denmark which had first introduced a successful release of the LEICA M6 Classic Royal Wedding Edition in 1995 again was in the limelight. This time around, Nodisk probably had learnt a fair bit from other special edition Leica bodies, had configured in their own way by releasing a very well-spec 150 units of LEICA M6 TTL black paint Øresundsbron Edition in year 2000 to commemorate the special event in their own country.
The Specification of this edition was rather interesting because Nordisk had the camera configured in different setups for users to have option to select a choice:- Among the total quantity of 150 units, 50 units were being sold with a bare basic camera body without a lens. The remaining, 25 units were packagaed with a Limited Edition Summicron-M 1:20/35mm ASPH in mathching black paint finishing as well as 75 units were bundled with a Limited Edition Summilux-M 1:1.4/50mm ASPH also in black paint finish.
This partly explained why most of the LEICA M6TTL Øresundsbron edition often surfaces in the collectible market are mostly without a lens. I amnot entirely sure which Serial Number was issued with the respective lenses and if you have the information, it would be useful for future collectors to have a guideline to determine what is missing in the pacakge.

A rare version of the LEICA M6 TTL Black Paint …resundsbron (10482) Special Edition, 2000 with the black paint Summicron-M 1:2/35mm ASPH lens
Here is a rare glimpse of the LEICA M6 TTL Øresundsbron Edition with Summicron-M 1:2/35mm ASPH black paint version whcih was produced in very small quantity. Unlike the 1:1.4/50mm ASPH counterpart, this lens has no special engraving at the lens data ring except the last two digit of the S/N matches the camera's own special S/N.
Basic product characteristic and features of a year 2000 LEICA M6 TTL Black Paint …resundsbron (10482) Special Edition rangefinder camera model
But first of all, let us provides some product characteristic of this LEICA M6 TTL Øresundsbron Edition which makes it different from other black bodied M6. Typically, the camera has engraving of (A) Øresundsbron 2000 at the back, just beside the eyepiece. (B) a graphical outlines of the suspension bridge is engraved just below the film advance lever; (C) additional S/N for the issue in typical xxx-150; the leatherette uses an unidentified material but the texture is leaning towards the old style black vulcanite design type (D) and; (E) for the entire edition, the Øresundsbron model only was supplied with 0.85x finder magnification. Further, for those models which supplied with the black paint 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M, "Øresundsbron 2000" was engraved on the lens data ring, while the 35mm f/2.0 Summicron-M black paint as illustrated above.

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