1987 IBM model M (1390120) Made by IBM 14 JAN 87 *


date14 JAN 87 (35 years old)
IBM logosilver logo with black text
cableremovable SDL, coiled long cable, ps/2 connector (used condition)
* one plastic retainer broken, cable in otherwise ok, clean, and functional condition
key capsremovable (two piece, key stem + key cap)
key switchesclicky = buckling spring
Designed when “real” typing on a quality keyboard was a required skill to use a $4000 IBM personal computer. PC mag link
(pre-dates the then new mouse-click and graphical user interface operating system later to be known as Microsoft Windows 3.1 and 95)
conditionKeyboard pre-selected as good candidate and passed initial testing to confirm mechanical condition.  Upper keyboard case disassembled and individual 101 keys have been removed and fully cleaned by hand.  Inspection of interior plate.  All 56 plastic rivets drilled out and replaced with M2 precision screws to restore internal integrity.  Interior plate vacuumed to remove foreign debris.  Keyboard re-assembled and re-tested post-cleaning. Individual photography of rear label.
commentsThis keyboard is tested to work 100%. The keyboard assembly has been confirmed to be in functional, operational condition.
commentsAll 56 plastic rivets have been expertly replaced with M2 screws for ensure for a tight and crisp keyboard feel.

Some vintage PC keyboards have lived a charmed life on the desk of a bank president or others were the first born of their class.. other IBM keyboards were used in more industrial settings and accumulated “battle scars” in their service.  This 1390120 is more than 35-years-old (made in 1987) and has some scratches and some of the keys have been lost (and replaced), and it has cleaned up very well.  Some prefer “fancy” and “shiny”, others prefer “classical, proven-over-time” and “dependable characteristics”.  Good heavy-duty keyboard for someone new to the mechanical keyboard hobby or for those looking for a “Made in the USA” IBM workhorse keyboard with a history.  Selling at 25% discount for the next generation to appreciate.


Additional information

Weight8 lbs
Dimensions24 × 12 × 4 in

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