1974 Seiko Chronograph (Ref. 6139-6005) "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)
|Seiko "H-Link" Stainless Steel Bracelet
The excellent case retains large dimensions and factory finishing throughout with honest signs of gentle use present. The original "Pepsi" tachymeter bezel is very well-preserved with only minor wear present and strong colors. The case retains its original pump pushers and button crown that operates the quick-set date. The case back retains all of its original factory markings in great condition with crisp finishing. The original Seiko "H-Link" bracelet retains 10 links that show minimal stretch and will fit up to a 6 3/4-inch wrist.
The original gold sunburst dial is in beautiful vintage condition, showing only minimal elements of age and gentle markings. The inner rotating timing ring has evenly faded to a charming cream coloration. The original lume plots have taken on a grey color which is common for Seiko lume in this era and exhibit no degradation when inspected under UV light. The original luminous hands have aged lighter than the dial and match the overall aesthetic of the watch with no degradation present under UV light inspection.
None. The watch is keeping time perfectly, but the service history is unknown. A movement service can be provided upon request.