Between 1942 and 1944 the Leica IIIc has been produced in grey paint finish with silver chrome elements due to the shortage of chrome.
Many of the grey finished models were used by military forces and have been marked. There are also grey painted Leica IIIc cameras without military markings.
Amongst collectors cameras from the corresponding period, without military markings are referred to as a so-called "civilian version" or "civilian wartime model". These cameras are just as rare today as cameras with military engraving are not yet traded at the sometimes very high prices demanded for engraved models.
The offered Leica IIIc in grey paint finish was produced in 1941/42. It has no military engravings and is therefore a so-called "civilian wartime model" as it could be acquired, for example, by institutes, governmental organs or private individuals.
The cosmetic and technical condition is good. Viewfinder and rangefinder are clear and brilliant. Shutter speeds are working smoothly and shutter blinds are in good condition.
The vulcanite body cover shows some age related cracks an d seems to be repaired/glued on the back. there is a tiny piece missing on the left hand side of the camera body.
The camera seems to be in mainly unchanged original condition!
Total production: approx. 3.214 units in grey paint
Rarity forecast: R9