1976 Seiko Automatic Chronograph (Ref. 6138-8039) " John Player Special"

$ 1,250

The ref. 6138-8039 chronograph, or "John Player Special" as it's often known, is powered by the revered Seiko cal. 6138 movement and beloved by enthusiasts for its oddball design and color scheme. Like most 6138 models, this one is modeled around motorsports – except this one takes it to the next level with a color scheme inspired by the livery of Lotus' 1976 Formula 1 racing team.

Featuring large, squared-off sub-dials at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions on the dial, the ref. 6138-8039 also features a quick-set day and date complication. 

Because Seiko made so many varieties of chronographs at the time, and because they were on the more affordable end of the watch spectrum, many of the remaining 70s chronographs saw their fair share of rugged use, revealing their age and decades of use. However, this piece is in excellent condition for a chronograph of that era.

Stock # SKOACH61388039
Brand Seiko
Style Automatic Chronograph
Model 6138-8039
Serial 69XXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Black / Gold 
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Seiko Bracelet 



The large geometric case has seen a light polish in the past and retains all of its angles and dimensions. The black Tachymeter bezel remains bright in coloration and shows only light signs of use. The case retains its original pump pushers and crown. The case back retains all of its original factory markings in crisp condition. The watch is supplied on its original stainless steel Seiko bracelet.


The matte black dial with gold accents oozes mid-70s cool and shows some light patina. The lume within the hands and markers match perfectly with no degradation present in either the hands or dial when inspected under U.V. light.


None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.

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