Leica If "Black" Dial c1951
Note: The range-finder has been reversed for display purposes only. Don't try this at home.
Which is more important, dial color of shutter?
Some transition IIIf's are known to have the black dial as well as the new shutter, so strictly speaking, the dial color is ultimately less important than whether it has the newer shutter design. Note that the top plate does not have the Gmbh which was mandated by Germany about June 1952. Therefore, this appears to be a transition model with a black dial top plate with a serial number originally assigned in 1951. Since the shutter synchronization mechanism was the same for both black and red dial version, this example may more properly be considered a red dial. It is not known how many true Black Dial versions with the older shutter were actually built. However, Ghester Sartorius indicates that the last true Black Dial was serial number 564,200 which would indicate that this example is in the very first batch of Red Dial versions with the light weight shutter although he dates these to 1951.