Leica M6 Sultan of Negara Brunei Darussalam Platinum Edition with Diamond & Platinum-plated SUMMILUX-M 1:1.4/50mm, 1995


LEICA M6 Platinum Sultan of Brunei 50th Birthday Edition, 1995

LEICA M6 Platinum Sultan of Brunei 50th Birthday w/diamond Edition, 1995
* Back in 1999, a local camera outlet who often lend me his ZUIKO lenses for me to prepare the OLYMPUS OM1/2(N) site told me someone has asked him to dispose a very special LEICA M6 with a big diamond at the top plate. After spreading news around, weeks later he was stunned one day that an gentleman who claimed was from Brunei Darussalam came and had took the camera away and left him with RM50,000-00 (approx. USD13,500-00). The man only told him it was a stolen "governmental property" but not mentioned the exact whereabouts he was represented. Prior to that, the shop owner had took a few pictures just for references and had given me a few prints. Okay, when I moved my office to current premises, I couldn't locate where did I kept the originals but I do remember I did scanned them for safekeeping just in case one day I might need them for site development references. On the other hand, I have been patiently collecting interesting LEICA pictures from Ebay auction sales for about 6-7 years too.

There is a little unsure things with these series of photos published herein this site. i.e. I got mixed up and couldn't remember if these photos were the original scanned photos given by the shop or they were the ones that were downloaded from accumulated auction sales images.
JUST IN CASE these are from different source, then I would like to sincerely apologize openly here and will rectify the mistake immediately by giving appropriate credit back to the rightful owner (the shop owner couldn't recall exactly of those were his because the episode was occurred almost 10 years ago). Usage of these well taken pictures appeared in this section are simply published for educational and online reading references which relate to various variants of LEICA M6 series. But just on the sage side, if ever anyone of you who may be one of the rare proud owner of this camera, do consider taking some well taken photos of this model for me to replace these unsure state with no confirmed and/or unrecorded source (sorry ..). Because as long as I still can't locate the rightful owner or photographers who took these images, I will always be feeling a little uneasy in using them for online publishing. Thank You.
INTRODUCTION:- According to what I can gather, the current Sultan, Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah was born in 15th July, 1946. His 50th Birthday fell exactly in 1996. The special occasion was well celebrated by all walks of life in the oil & Gas rich Nation. Hundreds of honorable guests /international personalities/celebrities were being invited such as Prince Charles of England etc. - which included Michael Jackson who was specially flown in from US to provide three consecutive performances for public with an unconfirmed bill of USD16million. One way or another, many lifestyle observers still share a common opinion that 50th birthday has to be the most memorable (and expensive) of all which could top up to a total cost of USD 27 Million - easily can be recorded as the most expensive birthday party held in human history ever.
Photo of Sultan, Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah
For some unexplained reason; after the 1992's first attempt with the LEICA M6 Sultan's Silver Jubilee 24 carat Gold -plated / Platinum-plated Edition, a special edition of LEICA M6 to commemorate the special royal occasion again had been brought up and implemented. This time around we had witnessed birth of differently configured Leica M6. First of all, I have to clarify I know nobody in the Palace, neither I know any Leica folks live in Brunei Nor having any VIP friend who may good enough recognized to be a honorable guest to find out exact number or objective in this 1995 special M6 releases: i.e. Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Special 50th Birthday Edition includes: LEICA M6 Platinum each w/Diamond issued in total limited quantity of 150 units; LEICA M6 Platinum with special engraving issued in 200 Units as well as LEICA M6 with special engraving and Gold plated body/lens in 350 units. So far, I have managed to track and found evidence of existence of M6 Platin/Diamond as well as the Leica M6 Platinum without Diamond copies but still had not found the related Gold plated model with special engraving. So, if anyone is having these OR a more accurate information that relates please help to furnish the detail to patch up the gray-info area. NOTE: Actually I am having the idea to write to Palace official in Brunei later to see if these info can be released as I don't intend to mislead anyone with unconfirmed data. No harm done right ?

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Other related LEICA M6 camera models issued in the same Platinum Finishing:-
Leica M6 Platinum Dummy Set, 1989 | Leica M6 PLATINUM '150/75 Jahre', 1989
M6 Platinum Sultan of Brunei Silver Jubilee Edition, 1992 | Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei Special 50th Birthday Edition, Platinum w/diamond, 1995
Leica M6 "Anton Bruckner" (1824~1996) Platinum Edition, 1996 | Leica M6 Schmidt Platinum Centenary (100 Years), 1996
Leica M6 Platinum Henri Cartier Bresson / Louis Vuitton One unit Special Edition, 1998
Leica M6 Platinum "150 jahre Optik" Wetzlar Optisches Institute Edition, 1999

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

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