Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/06/05

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Subject: Re: Late numbers?
From: "Roger L. Beamon" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jun 1996 12:17:19 -0700 (MST)

>It seems obvious: If I were buying a new M6 and found out that the one I'm
>about to get had been at the dealer for the last four years, I might request
>a different, more recent one. I know there is no "Best if used before" date
>on leicas, but still . . . If you have the choice between the two, which one
>would you pick?

Not necessarilly. If I were to find a serial number indicating that a
certain model M6 was made in Wetzler vs. a more recent Solms model, I
*might* go for the older one. Whether true or not, there is an feeling
amongst many that the Wetzler production was of a higher quality than Solms.
If that perception holds, years down the road when you sell your M6 it may
be worth more than a more recent M6. A guess, only, but that's the way the
market *can* work.
       Roger Beamon,   Natural History Interpreter & Photographer
                                  Docent: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum