Seiko

1969 Seiko 5-Sports Speedtimer Automatic Chronograph "Blue Pogue" (Ref. 6139-6009) "JDM Version" W/ Notch-Case

$ 2,350

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. 

1972 Seiko Chronograph (Ref. 6139-6005) "Pogue"

The Seiko references 6139-600X are commonly nicknamed the “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.

This particular Speedtimer is an especially rare version, made for and initially only available in the Japanese market. Featuring a striking midnight blue dial, notched case and model-specific bracelet, it's a standout example of one of the most beloved Seiko watches ever produced. 

1972 Seiko Chronograph (Ref. 6139-6005) "Pogue"(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)
Stock # SKO61396009JDM
Brand Seiko
Style Automatic Chronograph
Model 6139-6009
Serial 94XXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Blue "Speedtimer"
Millimeters 45
Bracelet Seiko 5 Sports "H-Link" Bracelet

 

CASE & BRACELET

The early example 'notch-case' is one of a few only produced in 1969. The name refers to the subtle notch in the case that slightly exposes the crown. It was replaced with a more flush design in 1970. The case itself remains very well preserved with minimal evidence of previous polishing present, showing crisp factory lines and finishing with only gentle signs of use. The "Pepsi" tachymeter bezel is in excellent condition and remains bright in coloration with no major signs of age or wear. The case retains its original button crown and pump pushers. The case back retains its original concentrate brushing with its factory markings remaining crisp and deep. The watch will come supplied on its original, JDM-only 5 Sports Seiko "H-Link" stainless steel bracelet. The bracelet retains 13 links that show some stretch and wear which is very common for Seiko bracelets of this era, and will fit up to a 7 1/2-inch wrist.

DIAL & HANDS

The rare blue metallic "Speedtimer" and “5 Sports” signed dial is in incredible condition, showing true depth of color and no notable elements of age. The rotating inner ring has faded to a beautiful powder blue coloration while its silver printing remains visible, though the lume triangle is missing. The lume plots all remain fully intact when inspected under UV light and exhibit some dark spots which is normal. The original hands match the dial perfectly, also featuring the darker patina spots, and exhibit no degradation under UV light inspection.

ACCESSORIES 

None. The watch is keeping time, but the service history is unknown. A movement service can be provided upon request.