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In the first 8 years of the Leica camera, aside from a few Gold plated cameras, black paint was the only finish available. Camera "hardware" such as knobs, dials, shutter button and lenses were nickle plated. Leitz had been using nickle plating for microscopes and other products for many years. The match of the black lacquer paint and the bright nickle was quite beautiful. Chrome plating became commercially available in the mid to late 1920. A detailed history is easily found on the internet. The perception that chrome was high quality and the definite improvement in wear properties conv