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Quite interesting, this "militarized" set I had in my Fontenelle collection : The gray Leica IIIc nº 390114K, with "K" stamped on the blind and Summitar with black painted cap, is joined by a VIOOH engraved "W.haven" and came in an EFGOO ever-ready case. The second IIIc, also gray and serialled 391620K - and also with Summitar - is mounted on a black paint MOOLY nº 5334.

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What does “militarized” exactly mean? What has been adapted to withstand battle field circumstances?

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Does the 'K' printed on the shutter blind stand for 'kugellager' ? or kaltefest (umlaut)?

Cannot see the serial number .

D.Lox.

Edited by Jerry Attrik

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17 hours ago, Gobert said:

What does “militarized” exactly mean? What has been adapted to withstand battle field circumstances?

Nothing more than color and engravings.

 

13 hours ago, Jerry Attrik said:

Does the 'K' printed on the shutter blind stand for 'kugellager' ? or kaltefest (umlaut)?

Cannot see the serial number .

D.Lox.

The K both after serial number and on the blind normally means Kugellager (ball bearing), enabling the shutter to operate over a wide temperature range. Thus, Kaltefest is just part of the game...

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The W.haven stands for Wilhelmshaven, the base of the German Kriegsmarine... There is an article on the web by Dott. Luigi Cane from vidom 103 06/2012 which states these cameras as very rare...

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