The Leica standard, which was introduced towards the end of 1932, is based on the Leica I (Model C) and offered a extensible rewinding knob. The camera was produced with black lacquered as well as silver chromed camera body, the black lacquered version was in production until 1939, only. The silver chromed version was available until 1950.
Early black painted cameras had nickel-plated elements. These were replaced by chrome-plated operating elements during the production period. There are minor differences between individual models over the production time.
A rare variant of the Leica Standard are the cameras assembled by Leitz New York from parts made by leitz Wetzlar. These cameras are build upon Leica III camera bodies.
The Leica Standard New York models can be recognized by the cover plate above the hole for the slow speed mechanism.
Offered is a Leica Standard with serial number 355316 in good condition. This is one of the extremely rare New York versions. The serial numbers 355330 and 355376 are also known from the same product batch. The viewfinder is in good condition, brilliant and clear. The shutter speeds run smoothly but should be readjusted as a precaution. The vulcanite shows a stress crack on the left and right. Overall, this rare camera is in an age-appropriate condition.
Total production: not known exactly
Rarity forecast: R5