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1972 Olympia SG3 Serial # 7-2711138 1972 Olympia SG3 typewriter, Serial # 7-2711138 Dimitris Nikou's 1972 Olympia SG3 typewriter. 2022-03-17 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Dimitris Nikou: 1972 Olympia SG3 Serial # 7-2711138 Found it on Facebook Marketplace for just 15 euros, I could definately not pass up this. It was made in Western Germany, features a Greek keyboard and decimal tabulator keys on an extra fifth row. While sold to me as a "non working" machine, this desktop beast is working and writing just fine. A problem that I could not fix, is that the left paper margin is not moving, but not because of its own malfunction. As I can understand by its cut screws, the margin was intentionally "forced" to have this position, fiting exactly the size of an A4 paper to the end of the carriage. Also, the plastic paper support is missing.

The problem that made it "non working" for its previous owner is that the typebars were not moving all the way up to the platen, but only through the middle - all typebars were doing exactly the same "half-movement", and the carriage was also not moving, except with the space bar and back space keys. After removing the carriage and following the connections of the keys, I noticed that it was a problem of the MR key. What I did, is that I inserted something to keep that control up and after that the SG3 was back in action again! It is a solid, strong machine, very heavy as well, being mostly made of metal - according to a source, it weights approximately 18kg! I love the design, elegant and beautiful, yet very "formal" for office use. And also, two lovely details on the back of the typewriter, the classic Olympia logo and the sticker of the Greek retailer that was selling it.

1972 Olympia SG3 #7-2711138

Status: Sightings
Hunter: Dimitris Nikou (dimnikou)
Created: 07-28-2020 at 10:19AM
Last Edit: 03-17-2022 at 09:41AM


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Found it on Facebook Marketplace for just 15 euros, I could definately not pass up this. It was made in Western Germany, features a Greek keyboard and decimal tabulator keys on an extra fifth row. While sold to me as a "non working" machine, this desktop beast is working and writing just fine. A problem that I could not fix, is that the left paper margin is not moving, but not because of its own malfunction. As I can understand by its cut screws, the margin was intentionally "forced" to have this position, fiting exactly the size of an A4 paper to the end of the carriage. Also, the plastic paper support is missing.

The problem that made it "non working" for its previous owner is that the typebars were not moving all the way up to the platen, but only through the middle - all typebars were doing exactly the same "half-movement", and the carriage was also not moving, except with the space bar and back space keys. After removing the carriage and following the connections of the keys, I noticed that it was a problem of the MR key. What I did, is that I inserted something to keep that control up and after that the SG3 was back in action again! It is a solid, strong machine, very heavy as well, being mostly made of metal - according to a source, it weights approximately 18kg! I love the design, elegant and beautiful, yet very "formal" for office use. And also, two lovely details on the back of the typewriter, the classic Olympia logo and the sticker of the Greek retailer that was selling it.

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Hunter: Dimitris Nikou (dimnikou)

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Writer and blogger from Athens, Greece. I own a small collection of typewriters, dated from 1913 (my oldest one, a Remington Standard 10) up to the late 70's. Most of my machines are functionable and I try to repair any with problems that keeps it from typing. For me, it is important for a typewriter not just to sit on a shelve for display, but also to be able to type when I want to. On the links below you will find my blogs and social media profiles. Feel free to follow me and get in touch if you want. I am always happy to communicate :)



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