1972 Seiko 6138-0011 Automatic Chronograph UFO / "Yachtman"

1972 Seiko 6138-0011 Automatic Chronograph UFO / "Yachtman"


The term "Yachtman" appears to have been of questionable origin as it pertains to this particular chronograph, and clearly because it looks right at home trackside, far from any body of water suitable for yachting. Without a doubt, the 6138-0011 and its Speed Timer counterpart are 1970's racing for the wrist. The case is a beastly 44.5mm of sloping contours and smooth case lines. The bezel is the standout feature here in black with a fiery metallic red inner track scaling the tachymeter. Beneath it the flawless dial is a flat black off set by opposing sub registers in matte silver. The larger of the two counting minutes, and it's smaller partner above tracking hours. The hour and minute hands are contrasted in a bright white, and gliding around the dial, the long and slender sweep that’s evenly aged to an eggshell white. The crystal has been replaced, and the hour and minute hand have been carefully re-lumed to match the original hour markers due to some gaps in the original luminous material. Otherwise, it’s completely original, and remains unpolished. The 6138 offers independent quick set of both the day and date, and can be manually wound. The chronograph functions are crisp and responsive and post service, its keeping near perfect time. Paired with distressed black leather, this example from July of ‘72 is possibly the perfect vintage racing chronograph, and sure to earn a regular spot in any rotation.

Clockwork Synergy Black Distressed Leather with Reverse Stitch (clockworksynergy.com)

Serviced 6/1/18

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