Long before Ernst Leitz Wetzlar changed its name to Leica Camera, the company produced high-quality microscopes during the last few decades of the 19th century into the early 20th century. Many of the vintage Ernst Leitz Wetzlar microscopes featured on our website are believed to have been manufactured as early as 1925, and many are still branded with their original serial numbers from production. These antique microscopes are available with most of their original parts and are not covered under warranty.
Ernst Leitz Wetzlar was founded by Ernst Leitz in 1869 in Wetzlar, Germany. It changed its name to Leica in 1986 due to the popularity of the name. The current name is a combination of two words: the first three letters of “Leitz” and the first two letters of “camera.” Today, the company mostly sells cameras and sports optics like binoculars, monoculars, riflescopes, and rangefinders. Leica Camera prides itself on its innovative, sustainable, and nearly perfect lenses and the high quality found in the German industrial process is evident in Leica products.
Our Ernst Leitz Wetzlar microscopes come in a variety of styles and finishes, ranging from brass, monocular compound microscopes to more modern-looking binocular and trinocular inverted phase and metallurgical microscopes. Even though all of these Ernst Leitz Wetzlar microscopes are vintage, reconditioned antiques, they’re in complete working order, so they’re able to be used like regular microscopes. Additionally, they’re very visually appealing, which makes them great gifts for microscope and antique collectors alike. Even if you don’t plan on using your microscope the way it was intended to be used, it looks great in an office setting and makes a good conversation piece when you have guests over.
Ernst Leitz Wetzlar, now known as Leica, has always been passionate about the products they create, and it shows in the company’s craftsmanship. See for yourself what makes these vintage pieces so impressive in terms of function and style! If you have any questions about our collection, reach out to our customer service department. Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic team will be happy to assist you in any way we can.