1044 Brands 3062 Models 19740 Galleries 12010 Typefaces 6273 Patents
Home » Optima » M12 » 1963 #465513
1963 Optima M12 Serial # 465513 1963 Optima M12 typewriter, Serial # 465513 S W's 1963 Optima M12 typewriter. 2023-08-31 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of S W: 1963 Optima M12 Serial # 465513 The Optima M12 is a typewriter that could be found in every office in Poland from the 1960s to the late 1990s. It was used in many office tasks. It's really powerful, fast, reliable and easy to service. It has features that portable typewriters don't have. For example, decimal tabs, undo deadlocked typefaces.
This is not a romantic typewriter. It was also not the first choice of authors of widely-read literature or poetry. However, the large office machines rewrote most of the books published in those years. And often in 3 or 4 copies at the same time.

1963 Optima M12 #465513

Status: My Collection
Hunter: S W (wawax)
Created: 08-31-2023 at 05:39AM
Last Edit: 08-31-2023 at 12:29PM


Description:

The Optima M12 is a typewriter that could be found in every office in Poland from the 1960s to the late 1990s. It was used in many office tasks. It's really powerful, fast, reliable and easy to service. It has features that portable typewriters don't have. For example, decimal tabs, undo deadlocked typefaces.
This is not a romantic typewriter. It was also not the first choice of authors of widely-read literature or poetry. However, the large office machines rewrote most of the books published in those years. And often in 3 or 4 copies at the same time.

Typeface Specimen:

Photos:

The carriage right side
The carriage right side

The carriage left side
The carriage left side

Front right
Front right

Back. Two buttons to remove whole carriage. Easy access for repairs
Back. Two buttons to remove whole carriage. Easy access for repairs

Below the (removed) carriage.
Below the (removed) carriage.

The escapement mechanism. Keys tension regulator on the right.
The escapement mechanism. Keys tension regulator on the right.

Bottom of the carriage
Bottom of the carriage

Serial number
Serial number

Keys view. More keys than usual. And additionally decimal tabulators, expanded writing (with spaces) and others.
Keys view. More keys than usual. And additionally decimal tabulators, expanded writing (with spaces) and others.

The platen
The platen

Ribbon vibrator. You can write using top, bottom or middle part of the ribbon and use it all.
Ribbon vibrator. You can write using top, bottom or middle part of the ribbon and use it all.

Typearms and place for ribbon spool
Typearms and place for ribbon spool

Side view on typearms
Side view on typearms

I think about changing the colour. The original is in the middle. Which one do you like? Let me know in the comments.
I think about changing the colour. The original is in the middle. Which one do you like? Let me know in the comments.

Hunter: S W (wawax)

S W's Typewriter Galleries [ My Collection ] [ My Sightings ]

Status: Typewriter Hunter
Points: 237

Typewriters were always around me. Some have been with me all my life. Others I saved from being thrown in the trash when the computer age came.
I'm not creating a museum. My typewriters are used. Rarely but regularly. Therefore, the collection is not large, and each machine has a Polish typeface.



RESEARCH NOTE: When researching the Optima M12 on a computer with lots of screen real estate, you may find that launching the Optima Serial Number page and the Optima M12 By Model/Year/Serial page in new browser windows can give you interesting perspectives on changes throughout the model series.