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Long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, Seiko was leaps and bounds ahead of their time. Think of them as the Empire, building an horological Death Star that no one, not even the sharpest Swiss Jedi, saw coming.
That Death Star was the 6139 automatic chronograph movement. Dawning in 1969, the 6139 was the first of three automatic chronographs to be launched that year (Heuer's Calibre 11 and Zenith El-Primero movements were also unveiled that year). But the Japanese set themselves apart by keeping the cost for their 6139 chronographs lower than their Swiss counterparts, producing a stalwart watch that has great value for any collector.
You might have also heard about Col. William Pogue who, being an astronaut and all, took part in the 1973 Skylab 4 mission. Having not received his NASA-issued Omega yet, the Colonel turned to his trusty Seiko 6139-6002 to meter burn times in training. Of course, NASA didn't know that when he finally did get his Speedmaster Pro, he continued to use his Seiko, making his watch the first automatic chronograph in space.
While Col. Pogue's watch made waves and increased the value of the Reference 6139-6002 model, other 6139-powered chronographs have remained remarkably low on the pricing spectrum, and offer a great way to enter the vintage watch world on any budget.
This particular watch has a lovely patination throughout, and with the trademark day-date function at 3:00 with quickset date function, it's a superb daily wear watch for any man - galactic guardians not withstanding.
Stainless Steel case is approximately 38mm (excluding crown).
Overall Condition: The case is in good condition over all, with wear consistent with age and use. Original black dial is lightly faded and hands have taken on a lovely aged patina. Outer white chapter ring is also nicely patinated. Original Seiko pushers and crown.
Includes two 19mm straps from Crown & Buckle.