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Manufactured in Suisse from 1944 until 1945.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 10364

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Alpa Reflex

Traduction de Daniel W, USA

Some fine points on Alpa Reflex serial number 120197.  540 examples of this 1944-45 camera were made.  So it isn’t a prototype but a series production camera that doesn’t yet have all of the classic characteristics.  In particular, this example’s rangefinder is not standard, the focusing lever is unique.

An amusing anecdote about this body:  its serial number must have been in the 12,000 block (to fit it in with the other serial numbers) but the person responsible for stamping numbers on the parts must have inserted one zero too many.  He then decided not to remake the parts and to use them in production!

Angénieux lens 2.8/50 type Z2.