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Is there a "1956 rare series of Curta calculators"

 
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stenella



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:05 pm    Post subject: Is there a "1956 rare series of Curta calculators" Reply with quote

Dear all,

There is a seller on ebay, with the auction closing about now, who makes the following claims :
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Curta model II calculator last of January 1956 rare series of 30.
The serial number is 508289.


This Curta model II is completely black metal without any plastic parts. This is the last Curta of a rare series of 30 calculators that were produced with a special manufacturing process. It was tested by Contina Ltd by their specifications.


The set includes:
1. Curta (Model-II) calculator №508289.
2. Metal case.
3. Instruction manual.
4. Hard cardboard unnumbered cylindrical box.


In January 1956, Contina Ltd made a series of Curta model II calculators with the use of a new special manufacturing process. This technology included a particular carbon casehardening process of the main parts of the calculator as well as a more precise machining finishing of these parts. The technology, reliability, and precision of this calculator made it last for decades and allowed for 100% interchangeability of all Curta model II parts.

There were only 30 of these calculators made. The first one had a serial number 508259. This calculator, number 508289, made in early February, is the 30th and last calculator in this series. Starting with number 508290, Contina Ltd switched back to its old technology because the new technology increased the cost of the calculator drastically.

I have never collected Curta calculators, but as a mechanical engineer, I have always been interested in the construction, history, and evolution of these calculators. I have information about Contina Ltd's manufacturing processes that has not been published. I also have researched almost all of its patents.

Therefore, I have always wanted to own a calculator from this 30 calculator series. As a result, this Curta was not cheap because got it as a trade for a Nikon SP from a collector friend of mine.

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Anyone knows anything about this "special carbon case-hardening" that should have been used for this series of 30 curtas only ? I think I smell bullshit ...

On the other hand, the machine looks certainly to be in nice condition, with a round black cardboard packaging box, and a metal can that has a matte finish to the top except for a band around the case which is shiny and contains the word "CURTA". I've never seen either of those before either.
The seller isn't going to do badly on the sale it seems ...it is at 2325$ with 6 hours to go. Does that mean bullshit pays ? I have some curta's here which are part of a very special series of 20 machines too Smile

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Jack



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:02 pm    Post subject: No such "Special" Curta were made. Reply with quote

There was no "special" series of 30 Type II Curtas made. The seller is simply lying. Period.
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CurtaGuy



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:04 am    Post subject: Re: No such "Special" Curta were made. Reply with quote

Jack wrote:
There was no "special" series of 30 Type II Curtas made. The seller is simply lying. Period.


There's another appearance of said "Series 30" Curta on eBay.

Item # 150437422791

Caveat emptor!

EDIT: I should clarify that I'm not the seller, not associated with the seller, and have no intention on buying the baloney. Albeit a nice looking piece, I'd take Mr. Christensen's word as gospel on these sorts of things.


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Jack



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:22 am    Post subject: Re: No such "Special" Curta were made. Reply with quote

CurtaGuy wrote:
Jack wrote:
There was no "special" series of 30 Type II Curtas made. The seller is simply lying. Period.


There's another appearance of said "Series 30" Curta on eBay.

Item # 150437422791

Caveat emptor!


Once again, the description of the different nature of the metals making up the Curta is completely bogus.
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Pete42



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2022 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There were only 30 of these calculators made. The first one had a serial number 508259. This calculator, number 508289, made in early February, is the 30th and last calculator in this series. Starting with number 508290, Contina Ltd switched back to its old technology because the new technology increased the cost of the calculator drastically.


OK, a bit late, but has it occurred to anyone that 508259...508289 are in fact 31 machines, not 30?

So the seller might have been a liar, but he definitely couldn't calculate :-)
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