Japan: 1959-1960: Aires:

The short story of Aires:

Aires Camera Works started producing some Twin Lens Reflexes in 1949, then 35 mm rangefinders from 1954. It was a small and not very strong company. As the PP SLR wave came rolling, Aires debuted in 1959 with the Penta 35, called Reflex 35 in some markets. It was a fixed lens camera with a central leaf shutter, thus following the fading west german brands of Contaflex, Kodak Retina and Voigtländer Bessamatic and the not so successful Kowa of Japan. The camera was followed up by a metered version in 1960, but the company went out of business in July the same year. 

Production wise a life span as long as the Zunow, but not leaving the same traces.. 
The Aires Penta 35. A sturdy camera. Size camera house: 136x95x48 mm. Weight with lens: 806 grams. Sn. 3017688
A fixed lens, Q Coral 50/2,8 with leaf shutter. Sn. 1426019.
A firm short stroke winder to the right, then shutter release button and shutter lock A/R. To the left a foldable rewind crank. Clean layout as the shutter time was set on the front of the lens, ranging from B to 1/500 second. Flash socket at the left side, over the back door closing mechanism.

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13.10 | 09:36

There is no exact list of sn/year of production, but the first ones had 9xx xxx, close to 1 mill.That was late summer/autumn 1964. Yours is probably early 1965.

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13.10 | 03:56

who can tell me what year was asahi pentax spotmatic SP made 1054359

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10.10 | 00:26

Hi,
Some 10% of the different models were produced in black, so probably between 10`-15000 samples out of the 135000 S1a/H1a. Too many to be really rare.

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09.10 | 21:32

Hi, I have a black S1a with No. 658004, is it rare?
First time on your side, much to learn about Pentax.

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