GOOD / This is a rare chrome Leica IIIG, body has signs of use and age, sell AS-IS. The glass looks clean, I do not see any signs of mold. The camera is in great shape for it age.
The Leica III is a rangefinder camera introduced by Leica in 1933, and produced in parallel with the Leica II series.
The IIIG was the final screwmount model. Introduced in 1957, three years after the M3, it was mainly produced between 1957 and 1960, although a handful were assembled up through 1966. Functionally, the difference between the IIIG and it's predecessor, the IIIF, is the viewfinder. The finder window is much larger than on earlier cameras, and contains bright frame lines that move as you focus to correct for parallax. The frame lines are illuminated through a small rectangular window next to the viewfinder. On the back is a film reminder dial similar to that of the M3.
The Swedish army ordered a batch of 125 in 1960 in black finish. These cameras were engraved with the Swedish three crowns. 39, 678 cameras were produced in Germany in chrome, an additional 1780 were manufactured in Canada. Prototypes of a IIG were built, but the camera never went into production. The IG was also introduced in 1957. It lacked finders, but was fitted with slow speeds, which are actually quite useful on a technical camera. Production was low, only 5968 were produced.
The Leica is particularly associated with street photography, especially in the mid-to-late 20th century, being used by such noted photographers as Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Leica cameras, lenses, accessories and sales literature are collectibles. There are dozens of Leica books and collector’s guides, notably the three-volume Leica, an Illustrated History by James L. Lager. Early or rare cameras and accessories can reach very high prices on the market. Notably, Leica cameras sporting military markings carry very high premiums; this started a market for refurbished Soviet copies with fake markings.