13. September 2012

Leica Lens Serial Numbers -> Production Year

If you have a serial number of a Leica lens, this list will tell you when it was produced (1933-2004).
This list covers lenses from the Leica R series (SLR), the Leica M and the screw mount series (Rangefinder). Read the number off the lens and identify the production year from the list below.
If you also wish to determine which model or generation you have of that particular vintage Elmar, Elmarit, Summicron ... or perhaps which hood is designed for your particular leica lens - then look at the pointers at the bottom of this page.


Leica M/R/SM Serialnumbers
Start - End: Production year
156 001-195 000: 1933
195 001-236 000: 1934
236 001-284 600: 1935
284 601-345 000: 1936
345 001-416 500: 1937
416 501-490 000: 1938
490 001-538 500: 1939
538 501-565 000: 1940
565 001-582 294: 1941
582 295-593 000: 1942
593 001-594 880: 1943
594 881-595 000: 1944
595 001-601 000: 1945
601 001-633 000: 1946
633 001-647 000: 1947
647 001-682 000: 1948
682 001-756 000: 1949
756 001-840 000: 1950
840 001-950 000: 1951
950 001-1 051 000: 1952
1 051 000-1 124 000: 1953
1 124 001-1 236 000: 1954
1 236 001-1 333 000: 1955
1 333 001-1 459 000: 1956
1 459 001-1 548 000: 1957
1 548 001-1 645 300: 1958
1 645 301-1 717 000: 1959
1 717 001-1 827 000: 1960
1 827 001-1 913 000: 1961
1 913 001-1 967 100: 1962
1 967 101-2 015 700: 1963
2 015 701-2 077 500: 1964
2 077 501-2 156 300: 1965
2 156 301-2 236 500: 1966
2 236 501-2 254 400: 1967
2 254 401-2 312 750: 1968
2 312 751-2 384 700: 1969
2 384 701-2 468 500: 1970
2 468 501-2 503 100: 1971
2 503 101-2 556 500: 1972
2 556 501-2 663 400: 1973
2 663 401-2 731 900: 1974
2 731 901-2 761 100: 1975
2 761 101-2 809 400: 1976
2 809 401-2 880 600: 1977
2 880 601-2 967 250: 1978
2 967 251-3 013 650: 1979
3 013 651-3 087 000: 1980
3 087 001-3 160 500: 1981
3 160 501-3 249 100: 1982
3 249 101-3 294 900: 1983
3 294 901-3 346 200: 1984
3 346 201-3 383 200: 1985
3 383 201-3 422 890: 1986
3 422 891-3 455 870: 1987
3 455 871-3 478 900: 1988
3 478 901-3 503 150: 1989
3 503 151-3 540 467: 1990
3 540 468-3 583 830: 1991
3 585 831-3 610 680: 1992
3 610 381-3 644 475: 1993
3 644 476-3 677 030: 1994
3 677 031-3 730 290: 1995
3 730 291-3 770 920: 1996
3 770 930-3 818 624: 1997
3 818 625-3 857 849: 1998
3 857 850-3 882 996: 1999
3 882 997 ~ 4 000 000: 2000~2004
Serial numbers from 4 000 000 were assigned to lenses produced after 2004

Please let me know it you have knowledge of errors or more recent numbers.

Although the year of production is interesting, it is not always sufficient information. Erwin Puts has compiled two lists of M-Lenses and R-lenses which in combination with the list above can give you much more information - especially if you are looking for second hand Leica Lenses - filters and hoods.