This is the Leica M6 in its most
stylish incarnation - titanium with a black calf leather body
cover in emu-style. This version was produced from 1992 till
1998 when the M6 was replaced by the M6 TTL. The camera has the
classic 0.72 viewfinder, the most useful and versatile one in
my opinion. Together with the titanium finish lenses, this version
was a low-volume production item and commanded a higher price
than the standard Leica M6. Its Leica catalog number is 10412.
The M6 titanium legend lived on in the M6 TTL titanium special edition set that was introduced in 2001, consisting of the M6 TTL 0.72 body (catalog item 10435) together with three lenses that had never before been available in titanium finish: the Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0 ASPH (catalog number 11609), the Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 (catalog number 11624) and the Apo-Summicron-M 90mm f/2.0 ASPH (catalog number 11632). The M6 TTL titanium body is covered with brown buffalo leather. Only 500 pieces of each lens (1,000 of the body) have been made.
Since titanium items are quite rare, they are sure to become collector's items.
Two very special sets were made available in 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Leica M system. Both sets contain the Leica M7 titanium. In contrast to the previous M6 and M6 TTL titanium models where the cameras were only given a titanium finish, all metal parts have been replaced by titanium ones, which is a very laborious and expensive process given the particular characteristics of titanium. The top cover, the bottom cover and all operation elements are made out of massive titanium. As a result, the camera weighs less.