I am the original owner of my Amiga 3000. As I remember it, I purchased the machine fairly early after release. I'm cleaning and detailing the machine, and I took a quick picture of the serial number sticker on the mainboard.
Obviously this indicates the board is an A3000, serial number 7779. But I'm not sure what the N signifies, and assuming they started at the number 1, I would have to guess this was the 7,779th machine built or assembled. Further, I would infer the 4/90 (with 91 scratched out) is a production, inspection, or ship date.
Can anyone tell me what the HKC or WW markings refer to? Or offer any other interesting information (manufacturing location, etc) that could be determined from this serial number?
I did some googling but my google-fu is apparently weak.
As always, all responses are much appreciated!
I have recently had an opportunity to look more closely at my A3000 mainboard. I also did a review of some excellent images found on www.bigbookofamigahardware.com and am convinced the answer by Brian H below is spot on.
After looking at the images I was able to find online that were clear enough to read, I located a REV 6.1 board from WW 3 (I think, it was difficult to read) with a SN of 00101, and a REV 7.2 board from WW 21 (again, difficult to read) with a SN of 00804, and a REV 8.9 board (nothing written on the WW sticker) with a SN of 02845. My board is a REV 9/01 (from the silkscreen) from WW 41 with a SN of 07779 (shown above). This seems to indicate the SN are simple counters going upward over time.
It might be interesting to collect the Rev, SN and WW from other owners to form a more concrete conclusion.