Many years ago I was given Leica IIIg serial number 825156 along with it's Leicavit winder and have used it from time to time. Until recently I was unaware that it was from the very first IIIg production block and if the numbers are correct, it is the 156th IIIg. Although not abused or beaten up, it shows that it was used extensively over the years. I rate its condition as average to good. and enjoy using it, but can't help but wonder if being very early in IIIg production, it should be treated as a collector item rather than an occasional user. The base plate is pristine as it appears the Leicavit was almost a permanent attachment. The original owner was a longtime professional motor sports photographer for R & T magazine and family friend which is why I intend to keep the camera. Thoughts?