London, South Kensington
12 June 2001
Nikon I no. 609698
32 x 24mm., the top-plate engraved NIPPON KOGAKU, TOKYO, the removable baseplate engraved 609698 and MADE IN OCCUPIED JAPAN, with a Nippon Kogaku, Tokyo Nikkor-H·C f/2 5cm. lens no. 811172 and cap, in maker's leather ever ready case with early-type strap lugs
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Rotoloni (1983), Nikon Rangefinder Camera, pp. 7-9; 59.
The Nikon I was introduced in March 1948 and some 759 units were produced before production ceased in August 1949. The example was part of a batch of sixty cameras made in June 1949 between serial numbers 609654 and 609713. It is not synchronised.
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