1971 Seiko 6139-6002 Automatic Chronograph “Pogue”

1971 Seiko 6139-6002 Automatic Chronograph “Pogue”


For vintage Seiko lovers, perhaps no series is as instantly recognizable as the 6139-600X models that have become synonymous with the introduction of this historic movement. From the “Pepsi” tachymetric bezel, the the “H-Link” bracelet, they serve as the embodiment of Seiko’s efforts to deliver, with style, their first automatic chronograph. Today, these models are often referred to as, and fall under the umbrella of the “Pogue” models due to their association to Col. William Pogue and his now historic yellow dialed variant. Available in three colorways (Yellow, Silver, and Blue), it goes without saying that no matter your preference, they are all memorable in their own right and the right example would be a highlight in any collection. This one from November of ‘71 shows some character and patina, but is an overall fantastic example. The golden sunburst dial exhibits spotting in the lacquer finish, but only a few minor freckles of color. The hour and minute hands exhibit only slight oxidation, are free of corrosion, and have retained their original polished finish. The luminous material on the markers and hands is still mostly white with spots of patina starting to settle in. The chronograph hands are bright red, though a bit of  chipping in the paint can be seen on the minute register hand. The inner bezel is a rich, vivid yellow with no fading from UV exposure. The case is unpolished and the original finishes are still quite visible. The outer tachymetric bezel in metallic red and blue shows very few signs of wear, and a beautiful even fade throughout. Post service, the 6139B is keeping near perfect time, and the chronograph functions are crisp and responsive. We’ve paired it with a brown grain leather that works nicely with the dial, and provides ample comfort on the wrist. Aside from a replacement crystal, it’s completely original, and a great opportunity to own a watch that has reached near “grail” status among collectors. Don’t miss this opportunity to add this historic Seiko to your own roster. 

Kvarnsjo Leather Brown Grain Leather with Black Stitching (cheapestnatostraps.com)

Serviced 9/1/19

Diameter- 41mm

Lugs- 19mm

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