The Leica IIIc has been produced between 1942 and 1944 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 these grey painted models the ones with ball bearing equiped shutter are quite unique. Such cameras are definetly rare and hard to find!
If you are lucky enough to find one of these few cameras the condition is mostly showing hard signs of wear or the camera has been restored.
Cameras which were produced and used during the war are normally heavy used, often damaged or refurbished if they still exist.
The offered Leica IIIc K is one of the few models with ball-bearing shutter races. First delivery of this camera has been in 1943, approximately.
This IIIc K has no military markings and is therefore considered a "civilian wartime production".
The white K stamped on the shutter blind is not visible any more and the first curtain of the shutter is showing signs of wear. The shutter speeds need adjustment.
The viewfinder is clear and rich in contrast, rangefinder works properly but has a slight misalignment. Over the decades, the camera was equipped with a flash contact (non Leica synchronized).
Total production: approx. 3.214 cameras in grey paint finish, it is not exactly known how many of these camera bodies were equiped with ball-bearing races
Rarity forecast: R9