1971 Seiko 6139-8002 Automatic Chronograph “Resist”

1971 Seiko 6139-8002 Automatic Chronograph “Resist”


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 color highlights, great lines, and an historic movement. The dial is a soft matte black bordered with a deep orange 1/5 second track that works nicely with the chronograph hands. The matte silver sub register has developed an almost reddish patina, and the long and lean luminous markers have settled into a light creamy 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, but have retained their crisp finish. 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, and likely of of the first to be fitted with the latter 6139B. 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 3/6/19

Diameter- 40mm

Lugs- 19mm

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