Leica M3 Prototype no.0037
Extremely rare M3 prototype (pre-series, produced as test camera in 1952/53). The camera is in excellent original condition and in perfect working order. It shows all original early features including special film advance lever, external frame counter, reversed direction of the rewind knob, unique shape of self-timer, top plate with distinctive corners, matching base plate also with corners, completely different shutter casting and film guides, special pre-series back etc. (see Lager I, p.173-175). All these small details make the experience of using the camera quite unique. It comes with an early M-mount Summicron 2/5cm no.1105473 (with early hood and matching front cap), a Leica-Meter MR and an early leather case. It is a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most important cameras in Leica's history, the camera was never offered in an auction before!