1971 Seiko Chronograph (Ref. 6139-6002) "Pogue"
The first automatic chronograph is a heavily disputed claim as multiple watch companies debuted what they claimed as "the first" automatic chronograph in the year 1969. However, The Seiko 6139-6000 was the first automatic chronograph that was available for purchase in May of 1969 exclusively to the Japanese market. Not only was the ref. 6139 the first production automatic chronograph but the watch also features a quickset day and date complication that is operated through the pushing of the button style crown.
The Seiko refs. 6139 with yellow dial and inner yellow rotating ring are commonly nicknamed “Pogue”. In 1973, NASA Astronaut Col. Pogue wore his personal Seiko 6139-6002 during the NASA Skylab 4 mission, subsequently making Seiko the first automatic chronograph to be used in space. Pogue purchased the Seiko chronograph from a PX for $71 in 1972 to use during his flight training as NASA Astronauts were not issued their Omega Speedmasters until much closer to the launch dates. Due to Pogue's familiarity with the Seiko chronograph over the Omega Speedmaster, he hid his personal Seiko 6139-6002 in his flight suit before launching into space so that he could use his Seiko in conjunction with his Omega Speedmaster for the duration of the Skylab 4 mission.
(Col. Pogue during the Skylab 4 mission, wearing his personal Seiko 6139-6002 on his left wrist and his NASA-issued Omega Speedmaster on his right)
|2pc Handmade Leather Strap
The excellent case appears to be gently polished and exhibits honest signs of use with the original case geometry fully present. The original "Pepsi" tachymeter bezel features a charming vintage fade with light signs of use present. The case retains its original button crown and pump pushers. The case back retains all of its original factory markings in deep and crisp condition. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.
The original gold sunburst dial is in exceptional overall condition with only gentle signs of age and no real damage present. The inner rotating bezel retains its matching bright gold color, most of which have faded to white or cream. The luminous material on the dial remains perfectly intact when inspected under UV light and is bright white in color. The original hands match the dial perfectly and show no degradation when inspected under UV light.
None. The watch is functioning correctly and keeping time, backed by our 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.