Contax 139Q Serial Number Question

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by A.Colden, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. A.Colden

    A.Colden Member

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    Hello all,

    I have a Contax 139Q, and on the bottom of the camera body it says:
    JAPAN 111111

    Can that be the actual serial number, or do those numbers indicate something else?

    It seems too unusual for a serial number of a camera that I bought so casually, but I suppose it's possible. What do you think?
     
  2. eSFotos

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    Must be serial number.
    Mine says JAPAN 158655.
    Good find.
     
  3. Rick A

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    I concur, serial number. Mine is 043943. I like the all ones, must make you feel like you ARE number one.

    Rick
     
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    It says `Japan 077340' on mine with a wide space before the number. It definitely is the serial number. Could be forged, though. But why would someone come up with such a strange number?

    By the way, I stumbled upon this web site only yesterday. It could become quite amazing once it's finished. I bet the other Contax models are getting jealous.
     
  5. A.Colden

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    Thanks for the replies, what a cool find. Yes, there is a wide space between "JAPAN" and the number, and I am certain it is not forged as it is from a very reputable store.

    frdrx - That's a nice website. The 139Q is a great camera.
     
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    Often serial numbers like that indicate the plate is a repair part. Bottom plates are often replaced because they get munged up with use.
     
  7. A.Colden

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    Ah not quite as cool then, but still a nice serial number.
    It does make sense.
     
  8. Colden

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    I was wondering if it is a replacement plate also. I wonder if Contax offices somewhere would be able to comment on whether their replacement bottom plates were serialed to 111111.
     
  9. Jeff L

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    The serial number on my Yashicamat is on the hood. I need to replace the hood and the new replacement part had no serial number.