Seiko 6139 'Pogue' Chronograph

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REF 6139-6005
Automatic-winding
41 MM
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SKU AS09379
Article Number 40991801
ref 6139-6005
case size 41 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Yellow
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 19 MM
Includes Includes a stainless steel multi-link bracelet with a signed locked clasp.
overall condition Outstanding condition overall. The case and bracelet show honest wear consistent with use and age, with no signs of polishing or replacement components. The caseback shows some tool marks and factory sticker residue. The dial and handset are fantastic.
REF 6139-6005
Automatic-winding
41 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09379
Article Number 40991801
ref 6139-6005
case size 41 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Yellow
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 19 MM
Includes Includes a stainless steel multi-link bracelet with a signed locked clasp.
overall condition Outstanding condition overall. The case and bracelet show honest wear consistent with use and age, with no signs of polishing or replacement components. The caseback shows some tool marks and factory sticker residue. The dial and handset are fantastic.

Why We Love it

Everyone knows that the first watch worn on the moon was an Omega Speedmaster, one of history's greatest manually winding chronographs. But did you know that the first automatic chronograph worn in space was a Seiko?

Although it didn't become known until years later, and even though it was not part of his official mission kit, Astronaut Colonel William Pogue made history when he snuck his personal Seiko 6139-6002 chronograph onto the Skylab 4 mission as part of his personal kit in 1973. Manufactured in large quantities in the early 1970s by the Japanese manufacturer, 6139-series chronographs were in many ways light years ahead of their Swiss counterparts, offering brightly colored dials, internal rotating bezels, and day/date functionality along with quickset functionality and an automatic-winding chronograph movement. The 6139-6002 cost a whopping $71.50 in the early seventies. Colonel Pogue bought his at the PX at Ellington Air Force base and subsequently used it for all of his astronaut training leading up to the mission, preferring it to the NASA-issued Speedmaster. While Pogue did not wear the Seiko during an EVA (spacewalk), he did use it for timing experiments and other mission-pertinent uses while in orbit.

Over a decade later, the Sinn model 140 automatic chrono was taken into space on the wrist of Reinhard Furrer on the Spacelab D1 Mission. For decades it was assumed that this was the first automatic chronograph ever worn in space, and it shocked the watch collector community when photographs of Col. Pogue wearing a yellow dialed Seiko in the Skylab module surfaced on the web in 2006. As soon as the news broke, prices for 6139s skyrocketed and a whole aftermarket parts network appeared virtually overnight.

As with any vintage Seiko, originality is key — and given the ready supply of Asian market 6139s with aftermarket parts, it is increasingly difficult to find an honest example. But we like a challenge, and we've turned up this entirely correct example for your consideration. 

Dating to 1971, this 6139-6005 features a 41mm stainless steel case with a ‘Pepsi’ tachymeter scale on the bezel, barrel chronograph pushers, a recessed crown, and a dual-language calendar (English and Spanish). The epic yellow sunburst dial features applied indices, a day-date window at 3 o’clock, a subsidiary counter at 6 o’clock and an internal rotating elapsed-time bezel. This stunning example remains in an absolutely untouched and unpolished state, and comes fitted to a correct stainless steel multi-link bracelet with signed locking clasp.

Not many Seiko 6139 Pogue’s walk in through our doors in such exceptional condition -snag this one while you can!

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Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

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Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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