It seems the debate rages on Black vs Chrome when choosing a Leica M body. I myself have been attracted to the black but harbored concerns about longterm appearance. I had the opportunity to speak with a experienced Leica Rep about this concern and here is what it came down to. Most Preferred by North American Market: Black 3:1 Chrome is more popular in Asian markets for the "Classic Leica Look" Wearing of various finishes: Black Paint: Great wear characteristics which when worn will "Brass" Black/Chrome: The more Common Black available on M6 or M7. Does not matter which body it is on even though one has a Zinc top plate (M6) and one has a Brass Top plate (M7). They WILL both wear white before they wear brass. Black Chrome is the finish and it will pass through the whitening phase before it wheres to the base metal. Chrome: Well it doesn't really wear or reflect wear until it hits brass or zinc. Finally: The whitening (for lack of a better term) of the black finish is not age related but strictly wear related. It will not oxidize etc over time and turn white. It wears a shade lighter. This haven been said, and given the truth that Silver/Chrome Lens don't look good on a black body I am doing the patriotic thing and joining the 2/3 of my fellow Americans in going black....As they say after going black you will never come back....We will see... PS: Wearing White does not imply that the camera will turn white but will lighten from the pitch black to a muddled black so many of us are familiar with.