The newest Hasselblad 503cw I´ve seen so far were from 2008/2009. I wonder wether there are really cameras with VS, VV or VH stamped on it... I also wonder if the CFV50 and CFV39 are effected by this as well.
Anyhow, I would not bother. Mind that most Rollei TLRs date from the 50s and 60s and Rollei TLR photography is alive and well today. There is no reason the same could not be true for Hasselblad.
A practical example. I worked with a D300/D2H for a couple of years and found that i always was chasing something in the editing process. Eventually i switched to a Canon 1DSmkII as a part of a personal project and bang! I was completly floored. All those hours spent tweaking the imagery i was now getting straight out of the camera before editing. That doesnt mean the Canon were a superior camera it just ment that it suited my eye better although both cameras were capable of proffesional work.
Even though I hardly ever use my 'blad anymore, I've kept it because for less than the cost of a full frame DSLR I can buy a used digital back for it and get much better image quality than a Nikon or Canon full frame DSLR can render. And I can still use film in it just by switching backs. What's not to like? (and yes, I think Ilford will still be making 120 film long after I'm dead and buried).
I "see" differently when I am shooting different formats, both the aspect ratio and the process necessary change one's approach to a location or subject and my wife uses the Hasselblad too. Saving $200 on a body to buy a different make of MF camera is not much although the lenses seem a lot more on the used market however one can sell them for more as well. I may have been just as happy with another system but there were personal advantages for me to go with a Hasselblad and I do not think the amount of extra money spent going with the V system compared to another medium format was worth worrying about and will amortize over the period I have it to less than 5 dollars per month.
I am not surprised. They were not the first camera company to stop production of film cameras, but they did continue long after the others.
I don't know, that's why I'm asking, so how long was the 503CW in production for Mr Serius? Even as an "outsider" not involved with Hasselblad, the stalwart 500cm that I've seen so often from weddings to snow back country seems to have been in production for many, many decades, and literally bushell-basketfulls of those bodies are available for peanuts in dealers.