Well, what a fine thing. Here we have a lovely example of a Hasselblad 1600F dating from 1952 (date code CH) which is right before the end of production for this model. Exquisitely engineered but a little delicate due to many parts being designed by a watchmaker rather than a camera manufacturer this is still a tour de force of engineering.
On this example - like most - the shutter does not work - a shame, but there we are.
What this example does offer you are stunning cosmetics. The chrome is perfect apart from one spot adjacent to the speed/wind knob which has a slight blister as you can see in one of the photos. The leatherette is all complete showing a little edge shrinkage and a little cement at the chrome edges. The baseplate is clean and the screws are clean also signifying no bodgery. Look at the photos of the viewing hood - no staining or scratching - the black paint is mint. As I say, good cosmetics for display.
Likewise, the Zeiss Tessar 80mm is in good condition with no fungus visible and no marking of significance to any optical surface. The focus is good with no slop and the iris appears snappy.
The film magazine is in beautiful condition, the rare film number viewing cover - peculiar to the early cameras is present - I like the Beverly Hills camera shop decal inside - who had this I wonder - did JFK use this for family and glamour shots? The internal film carrier and external casing have maTching numbers and are contemperaneous with the camera's serial number so most likely came together.
I have seen examples of these cameras - with non working shutters - , generally offered in the States via EBAY for $1400 - $1800 and generally in not as unspoilt condition as this example. We are offering this display queen for a modest £900.
As we all know, only 3000 if these beautiful cameras were ever made - and this is one of them, it's a keen price for the collector - why not ava punt as it is here to sell - when will you see another as cheep!!!!!!!