Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/12/05

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica Seals
Date: Sat, 05 Dec 1998 15:48:01


 As far as I know, there are several Leica seals, L, Y, and C.  Leitz used
the seals through the early production run of the M4-2.  L for Wetzlar, Y
for Leitz New York, and C for Leitz Canada.  As you said, major overhaul
required the seal broken.  The original seal means the body has never been
overhauled.  I have heard that DAG uses his seal "92".  I have heard
nothing about any seal on the M6 or later model than the M4-2.

Best Wishes,

At 04:49 PM 12/05/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Can anyone enlighten me about the small black seal above the M lens mount.
>Didn't an L stamped into the wax indicate that the camera was never
>worked on (opened up)? I looked at a friend's recently purchased M3 (in
>virtually new condition) and noticed that there was nothing stamped in. .
>slightly uneven wax. I checked my own M6 bodies. . .an older classic
>(never repaired) also had no marking . . .but a more recent M6HM had
>a distinct x stamped in.  What's the story and what happened to the L?