1971 Seiko 6139-8001 Automatic Chronograph

1971 Seiko 6139-8001 Automatic Chronograph

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A welcome departure from Seiko’s typically sporty offerings in the 6139 lineup, the 8002 is a perfect representation of what every modern manufacturer is trying to accomplish with a throwback design. This stunner, however, is the real deal. From May of 1971, it’s a tasty tonneau style with rich colors, great lines, and an historic movement. The dial is a warm khaki blue bordered with a deep orange 1/5 second track that nicely ties it to the chronograph hands. The matte silver sub register makes for great contrast, and the long and lean luminous markers have settled into a warm even patina throughout. The hour and minute hands in black and white are easily legible, and free of chipping or paint loss. The chronograph hands have aged to a soft canary yellow, though the sweep hand has a small chip in the paint near the tip. Atop the unpolished case is an inset and well proportioned bezel that’s finished with a glossy black inlay. As the dial denotes, its an earlier “Resist” variant that’s equipped with Seiko’s first iteration of their premier automatic chronograph movement, the 6139A. A beast of a calibre, it features a column wheel design with a vertical clutch, and this one performing flawlessly post service. The chronograph functions are snappy and responsive, and it’s keeping time to within just a few seconds per day. It comes attached to the original and scarcely seen flat ‘three-link’ bracelet that offers a clean and complete finish. It’s completely original aside from a replacement crystal, and is sure to be a fast favorite in any collection. 


Original Seiko Flat Three-Link Bracelet in Stainless Steel


Serviced 10/27/18

Diameter- 40mm

Lugs- 19mm

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