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#1 stephen keszey

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 02:30 PM

Hello, I was clearing out my parents storage and I came across my fathers old Bolex 16mm. it does not seem to have a model # but the serial # from the bottom is 159317. Any idea how to tell the model? Thanks for the help

This front pic may be more helpful. Thanks

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#2 Herb Montes

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 03:05 PM

Hello, I was clearing out my parents storage and I came across my fathers old Bolex 16mm. it does not seem to have a model # but the serial # from the bottom is 159317. Any idea how to tell the model? Thanks for the help

This front pic may be more helpful. Thanks


It's an M model. If it has the flat bottom it's an M4. If it has the round bottom then it could be an earlier M3.
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Posted 15 October 2008 - 06:10 PM

It's an M model. If it has the flat bottom it's an M4. If it has the round bottom then it could be an earlier M3.

Thanks for the info Herb,
it's bottom is approx 3/4 flat and 1/4 rounded (for the film reel) the serial # is stamped on the round tripod screw base.... do you know if it's and m4 or m3 from this info? Thanks
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#4 Simon Wyss

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 03:11 AM

Your Bolex-Paillard H 16 M(arine), year of manufacture: 1959. This model was created for work in the then famous Bolex underwater housing. Shutter opening angle: 170 degrees. Have it lubricated by a specialist before the governor or axles run dry. Body alone around $ 250 today
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Posted 16 October 2008 - 06:04 AM

Thanks for the info Herb,
it's bottom is approx 3/4 flat and 1/4 rounded (for the film reel) the serial # is stamped on the round tripod screw base.... do you know if it's and m4 or m3 from this info? Thanks


The tripod base should be rectangular for the M4. There should be several tripod holes for 1/4" and 3/8" screws. Another way to tell if yours has the 1:1 drive shaft along with the 8:1. The M4 has the 1:1, I don't think the M3 does.
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#6 John N Campbell

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:32 PM

Check out this great website. Using the serial number and photographs you should be able to determine what model you have. www.bolexcollector.com/
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