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02-15-2009, 12:46 PM - 1 Like   #1
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K1000 Serial Number Database

Update: serial number should now be posted here- PentaxForums.com Serial Number Database

The guidelines below still apply, but the above is a dedicated database for serial numbers.

There appears to be quite some interest in how the K1000 model developed over time. If all owners chime in we should be able to figure this out once and for all.

Please post the information about your K1000 as a reply to this thread.

Given enough conclusive data I will later create a database with the information.

Here is what we are looking for (refer my next post for pictures). Feel free to suggest additional data points:

Model: K1000 / K1000 SE
Color of faux leather: Black / Brown

Serial number:
Location of serial number: Top plate engraved / Bottom plate stamped / Bottom plate sticker / Bottom plate insert

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes / No
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes / No
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes / No
"Bump" on top plate near revind crank: Yes / No

Top plate: Metal / Plastic
Bottom plate: Metal / Plastic
Battery cover: Threads / Bayonet

Manufactured/assembled in: Japan, Hong Kong, China, No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: Top plate engraved next to Asahi Opt. Co. / Bottom plate engraved / Bottom plate sticker / None

Focusing screen: Microprism / Split screen / Split screen with microprism collar

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know):
Year of original purchase (if you know):

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Results gathered to date (February 20, 2012) are provided in the attached pdf files:
- the first file is sorted by serial number,
- the second file is sorted by (my guess of) production run/year,
- the third file is the data in the order posted
- the fourth file is my guess on the production runs as far as I have been able to derive it from the data.

Comments/corrections are welcome.

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File Type: pdf K1000_SNO_20120220.pdf (26.1 KB, 3651 views)
File Type: pdf K1000_RUN_20120220.pdf (26.0 KB, 2225 views)
File Type: pdf K1000_DB_20120220.pdf (28.4 KB, 1584 views)
File Type: pdf K1K_ORDER.pdf (4.0 KB, 2661 views)

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02-15-2009, 12:49 PM   #2
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Pictures of K1000 characteristics










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02-15-2009, 12:52 PM   #3
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My first K1000

Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 6103236
Location of serial number: Bottom plate stamped

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: Hong Kong (as far as I recall)
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: Sticker on Bottom plate (lost)
Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know):
Year of original purchase (if you know): 197x

Last edited by Ole; 02-21-2009 at 07:32 PM. Reason: Remembered about the sticker
02-15-2009, 12:59 PM   #4
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My brown K1000, purchased 2nd hand

Model: K1000 SE
Color of faux leather: Brown

Serial number: 6469233
Location of serial number: Bottom plate stamped

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: None

Focusing screen: Split screen with microprism collar

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): Don't know
Year of original purchase (if you know): Don't know


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02-15-2009, 01:55 PM   #5
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One more K1000

Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 7060008
Location of serial number: Bottom plate stamped

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: None

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): Don't know
Year of original purchase (if you know): Don't know

Last edited by Ole; 02-21-2009 at 07:33 PM.
02-15-2009, 03:17 PM   #6
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I'll play... my K1000 SE

Model: K1000 SE
Color of faux leather: Brown

Serial number: 6494452
Location: Bottom plate stamped/engraved

Asahi Optical logo: yes
Asahi name on prism: yes
Asahi name on back of top cover: yes

Top plate: metal
Bottom plate: metal
Battery cover: threaded

Assembled in Hong Kong (stickered on bottom plate)

Focussing screen: Split prism with microprism collar

Weight: Unknown
Date of purchase: Unknown, but likely the early 1980s

If it helps, this camera came with SMC P-M 1:2 50 mm (early version) serial number 4467036.
02-15-2009, 03:31 PM   #7
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black
Serial number: 6272069
Location of serial number: Bottom plate engraved

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: Hong Kong
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: Bottom plate sticker

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): Unknown
Year of original purchase (if you know): Unknown
02-15-2009, 04:04 PM   #8
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black
Serial number: 6038531
Location of serial number: Bottom plate engraved

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: None

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): Unknown
Year of original purchase (if you know): 1979 (HS Graduation present to myself)


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02-15-2009, 04:20 PM   #9
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Model: K1000
Color of Faux leather: Black
Serial# 7557789
Location of serial#: top plate

Asahi optical Logo on Housing: yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: yes
ASAHI OPTICAL CO., JAPAN on back side of top cover: yes

Top plate : metal
bottom plate: metal
Battery cover: threads

No manufactured /assembly info

Focusing screen - microprism

weight : unknown
Year of purchase: unknown

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02-15-2009, 04:25 PM   #10
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 6737176
Location of serial number: Bottom plate (stamped?)

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: No information
Focusing screen: Split image with microprism collar

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): unknown
Year of original purchase (if you know): Unknown (bought used around 1994, so earlier than that)

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02-15-2009, 07:15 PM   #11
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Model: K1000 SE
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 6867168
Location of serial number: Bottom plate engraved

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: None

Focusing screen: Split screen with microprism collar

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): Don't know
Year of original purchase (if you know): Don't know
02-15-2009, 07:20 PM   #12
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 7597757
Location of serial number: Bottom plate engraved

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
ASAHI OPT. CO. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: No information
Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap): Unknown
Year of original purchase (if you know): Unknown
02-15-2009, 08:03 PM   #13
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Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 185
Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 7820034
Location of serial number: Bottom plate engraved

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: None

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) 604g
Year of original purchase (if you know): Don't know
02-15-2009, 08:06 PM   #14
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Posts: 185
Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 8166606
Location of serial number: Bottom plate engraved

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: None

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) 603g
Year of original purchase (if you know): Don't know
02-15-2009, 10:04 PM   #15
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 6857645
Location of serial number: Bottom plate stamped

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes (no Japan)

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: Hong Kong
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: Partly worn sticker on bottom plate
Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): 600g
Year of original purchase (if you know): Don't know


Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 7551580
Location of serial number: Top plate engraved

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co., Japan engraved on back side of top cover: Yes

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: Not sure
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: Not sure
Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): 610g
Year of original purchase (if you know): Don't know


Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 4961163
Location of serial number: bottom plate inset

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: No
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: No
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: No

Top plate: Plastic
Bottom plate: Plastic
Battery cover: Bayonet

Manufactured/assembled in: Hong Kong
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: imprinted into bottom plate
Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): Don't know
Year of original purchase (if you know): Don't know


Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 8296363
Location of serial number: bottom plate stamped

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes (no Japan)

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: No information
Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): Don't know
Year of original purchase (if you know): Don't know


Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 6387661
Location of serial number: bottom plate stamped

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes (no Japan)

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: No information
Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): Don't know
Year of original purchase (if you know): Don't know


Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 6889989
Location of serial number: bottom plate stamped

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes (no Japan)

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: No information
Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): Don't know
Year of original purchase (if you know): Don't know


Model: K1000SE
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 7352909
Location of serial number: bottom plate stamped

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes (no Japan)

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: No information
Focusing screen: Split prism/Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): 590g
Year of original purchase (if you know): Don't know


Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 7728223
Location of serial number: Top plate engraved

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes (no Japan)

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: Hong Kong
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: Partly worn sticker on bottom plate
Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): 620g
Year of original purchase (if you know): Don't know

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