SWISS MODEL K ENIGMA MACHINE SN K767


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This is a complete and original, museum-quality Model K  Enigma machine in excellent working condition.

Model K Enigma machines, a commercial variant of the famous Enigma I machines used by the German military, were manufactured by Germany for the Swiss military. Approximately 260 of these cipher machines were delivered to the Swiss between 1938 and 1940. These machines were modified by the Swiss upon receipt.  A special wooden box and external lamp panel were added.  In addition, an external power supply was manufactured and the rotors were rewired in an attempt to increase the level of encryption security. These machines were used by the Swiss Army, Air Force, and Foreign Ministry.

Though the machine appears to be a 4-rotor machine, it in fact has three encryption rotors that advance with each keystroke. The forth visible wheel is actually a reflector that can be set in any one of 26 positions but does not rotate with each keystroke.

This Enigma has three rotors (I, II and III) with serial numbers  K795. The reflector also bears the serial number K795.

Although it is more than 75 years old, this Enigma machine is an excellent, museum-quality example of a Swiss Model K Enigma. To allow the buyer to use the Enigma, a battery holder that accepts standard flashlight batteries is included.

The Swiss used their Model K Enigma machines throughout WWII. Towards the end of the war they became aware that the Germans and the Allies were reading their Enigma coded transmissions.  This prompted the Swiss to develop their own rotor based cipher machine that would be known as the Model 45 NEMA. The NEMA replaced the Enigma Model K machines in 1946.

Price $ 124,500 USD

 

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