I have a M2 with a serial number 960026. Wanted to find out some history of it so went to cameraquest.com to check the serial number. I was surprise to find that the list specifically skipped a series with this serial number. Anybody knows what could be the reason? I emailed Stephen Gandy and he confirmed that the list is straight from Leica. Thanks in advance.
Looking at the cameraquest list by date and serial number, it appears to be a typo. If you scroll down to "6/22/59," there are two listings, one for M2 and one for M2 with self-timer. The first listing shows the range 960501-961500 (1000 made) and the second list shows 960501-960500 (1000 made) (sic). The second listing appears to be incorrect. See what Gandy says.
Hi Hektor, you're right -- Brian and I both have button-rewind M2 bodies, among the very earliest made (mine's 9350xx, a bit newer than his), and they don't have self-timers... But do have frame-selector levers unlike some even earlier M3's.
Hmmm.... without researching it then, I think it just means it's a self-timer model, made at a time when that spec was not a standard model feature. They probably did a separate batch to satisfy requests from some customers, and then later decided to make it a standard feature.
All very interesting for M afficionados. (that includes me).