Easy Loading LTM!
After the M3 introduction the clone makers scrambled to make their offerings more acceptable. Nicca had been making faithful copies of the Leica III, and made several updates. A later one was this easy loading model (I believe type 5L) which is like a Leica IIIf, with a few obvious differences:
Back loading door like an M3
Lever wind (on a IIIf sized body!)
Top speed of 1/500.
Nicca is the only clone I've found that can use standard Leica reloadable film cassettes, and also offered their own branded version that works in Leica.
This one was sold in the USA, and so had the Tower branding of Sears, their US distributor.
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I also have a Nicca 33, which has lever wind and improved finder (bright line), but no back door.
There are also some interesting innovations in later Leotax and Tannack bodies, which I'll post if anyone has interest.