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This is a very early complete, museum-quality German Enigma machine in excellent working condition.

The serial number A600 indicates that this machine was made by Chiffriermaschinen AG in Berlin in 1927 – 1928. This is one of the very earliest Enigma machines to be delivered to the German military. This Enigma machine was in use by the Germans pre-war, before Hitler rose to power, and then throughout the war. Enigma A600 is one of the earliest surviving Enigma machines known to exist.

This Enigma includes five rotors (I, II, III, IV, and V). All of the rotors carry the serial number A600 and match the serial number of the machine. This Enigma was used by the Germans both during and before the outbreak of WWII, when the German military was expanding in violation of the Treaty of Versailles.  This Enigma is known as a “Reichswehr Enigma” or “Enigma I”.  All future 3-rotor Enigma machines manufactured for the German military were based on this model.

Although it is more than 80 years old, this Enigma machine is an excellent, museum-quality example of a 3-rotor Army Enigma. To allow the buyer to use the Enigma, a battery holder that accepts standard flashlight batteries is included as are copies of the original Enigma operating manuals, our book Inside Enigma, and a CD-ROM titled The Story of the Enigma: History, Technology, and Deciphering.

This is a very rare early example of the 3-rotor “Enigma I” machine that would be used by Germany from 1926 through 1945. This machine was used by the German military during WWII, but it escaped damage and appears to have been stored in a dry and stable environment since the end of the war. All of the rotors have been renumbered and refurbished using as many original parts as possible. All of the internal wiring and the wiring of the rotors and reflector have been checked and verified to work just as the machine would have worked during the war. The box and internal accessories are original and were issued with this Enigma machine. The machine is in excellent condition and shows wear characteristic of machines that were in use throughout the war (see the photographs below).

Few Enigma machines survived the war.  German soldiers had orders to destroy these secret code machines rather than let them be captured by advancing Allied forces. The Germans would disable, destroy and, when possible, throw Enigma machines into lakes or the ocean as their positions were being overrun or surrendering at the end of the war.

This is a rare working example of one of the most important pieces of WWII history.

This Enigma machine is part of our personal collection and was acquired from an antique dealer in Germany.

An exact replica box for the two extra rotors is included (see photographs below).

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SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT PRICES: The Germans destroyed their Enigma machines rather than risk capture as they retreated from Allied forces in the final years of the war.  In addition, Allied forces were ordered to destroy all German Enigma Machines at the end of WWII. Therefore, they are exceptionally hard to find. The difficulty in finding Enigma machines coupled with an increasing recognition of the historic importance of these machines has led to a steady increase in prices over the last 10 years. In 2015, a 3-rotor German Army WWII Enigma sold at open auction by Bonhams for $ 269,000 US Dollars with the buyer’s premium factored in. All of the Enigmas sold on this website are complete and in working condition although, since the Germans used brass electrical contacts instead of gold, silver, or platinum, perfect operation on every keypress can not be guaranteed.