Leica serial numberswhere to look up

marc65

Member
Hi,

I am new to the leica Ms and wondering where to look up Leica serial numbers to get the age of the equipment? People don't seem to like
putting the full #s on eBay either. Why not give a full #, if it is indeed your camera/lens, and
not stolen. I had one guy, who just would NOT give me the serial #s, so I gave up on him.

Marc, CT.
 

juanma2001

New Member
Hi there!

I was looking up my SN at cameraquest but it seems that they don't have year of production. Does anybody know when does the 249**** batch was produced?

thanks!!!
 

peter_n

Active Member
Welcome Juan! Here is the information you require:

All serial nr. 249**** camera bodies were manufactured in 1999 as follows:

2490000 - 2490150 M6 150j Optik
2490157 - 2495150 Z2X DB
2495151 - 2499999 M6 TTL

Source: Hove Leica Pocket Book, 7th ed., page 271.
 

tbc

Well-Known Member
Juan, According to Erwin Puts, Leica Lens compendium p 217: s/n 2468501-2503100 were produced in 1971. Although from Leitz records, there are exceptions. Mr Puts has a 2 page detailed explanation why some numbers are uncertain.
 

frank

Well-Known Member
I have tracked a list of all M6 Classic 0.85 serial numbers. I have 400 or of of the 3130 serial numbers that Leica claims to have made. But tracking it by year, from Customer input data seems useless. It is enough to track it by country of origin and engraving on the back.
 

gjames52

Well-Known Member
<I have tracked a list of all M6 Classic 0.85 serial numbers. I have 400 or of of the 3130 serial numbers that Leica claims to have made. But tracking it by year, from Customer input data seems useless. It is enough to track it by country of origin and engraving on the back. >

Frank:

If I may ask, what is the purpose of your research?

Regards:

Gilbert
 

frank

Well-Known Member
There were several questions that I was looking into. First, does Leica still establish serial numbers in batches? Size of the batches? Are the production runs sent to specific countries or generally stocked and shipped randomly? What part of he world did the first cameras get sent to? Finally, a minor issue came up during he data collection.... were there differences in the engraving over production time scales?
 

colin

Well-Known Member
Frank, I'm not sure what an M6 "Classic" is. If it's the predecessor to the M6 TTL then it's just an "M6" I've owned my M6 since the mid 80's and some people refer to it as a "Panda" because of it's black parts on a silver chrome body.Leica ran out of chrome parts! I don't think Leica have named their cameras after animals.and neither do I believe they refer to it as a Classic. There were different engravings on the body such as "M6" on the front and "Leica M6" on the front. There is also of course the M6 made by E.Leitz, Wetzlar(probably the "real" classic) and the ones made by Leica Solms. My serial number is 173xxxxxx (Solms)
Colin
 
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ninekit

May I ask whats the difference between the M6s made by E.Leitz or Solms. Mine is originally bought used as a black body, but the battery cap went erroded inside, so as a temp. resort, I have replaced it with the same fit but chrome battery cap from my Minolta X-700 SLR, with a coin slot. Quite a little opposite to yours "Panda".
 

colin

Well-Known Member
The only difference that I am aware of is the fact that the red dot says "Leitz" and not "Leica". They are both made in Germany.
Correction...I bought my so called"Panda" (sic) in November 1990 and its serial # is 177xxx.
There are other 'animals' by Leica: there was a Z2 jaguar, although I it was named after the car, which of course is named after the cat. In addition there was an M6 commemorating the Year of the Rooster although I don't think it's referred to as a Rooster when describing it but rather a Special edition.
Colin
 
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