Seiko 6139 Helmet
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
We’ve joined forces with our friends at 10:25 Vintage, a New York-based operation with a shared enthusiasm for interesting vintage timepieces, to bring you a robust handpicked collection that is both exceptional and affordable. Perfect for the discerning collector on a budget, these pieces provide an excellent entry point to the joys of vintage watches.
To many people, Seiko is just another watch brand - but if you’ve made it to this far, you know that nothing could be further from the truth.
For over 135 years, Seiko has been cranking out innovative and impeccably engineered watches at every price point, from the entry level Seiko 5 to the stunning Grand Seiko. Underpinning Seiko's efforts has been the production of reliable and accurate movements able to be paired with an array of case and dial configurations. Case in point is the Calibre 6139 movement that powers this piece. While the often Swiss get all the glory for producing the first automatic chronograph in 1969, Seiko quietly released the 6139, a simple and rugged automatic chronograph movement, as early as May of the same year.
A few years ago, it was revealed that the Calibre 6139 was the first automatic movement in space - thanks to Col. Willam Pogue - making 6139-powered chronographs an awesomely affordable entry to watch history.
Seiko produced these movements on a huge scale in a variety of distinctive dial and case designs that only they could dream up - this is the same company that brought us the UFO and the Bullhead after all - but finding them in unmolested condition has become increasingly difficult.
This particular example is affectionately known as the “Helmet” or “Vader” thanks to its large, deep case and steeply angled lugs. The case is in great shape, with correct finishes all around including a delicate radial brushing on the base of the case, and a high-polished bezel - little details that are often lost in the hands of a careless owner or watchmaker. The dark dial features bold contrasting chronograph hands and a quick-setting day/date display with English/Arabic day wheel at 3:00.
With their unmistakable profile, these Seiko 'Helmets' are probably the most distinct entry to vintage Seiko.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
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.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
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.
Seiko 6139 Helmet