|Movement:||Seiko Automatic 6139|
|Case material:||Stainless Steel|
Here we have a Seiko 6139-6002 Automatic Chronograph watch, a model with some interesting history!
The yellow version of this model was worn by William Pogue, an astronaut on the NASA 'Skylab 4' mission of 1973. This means it was the first automatic chronograph in space. While NASA provided Pogue with an Omega Speedmaster he allegedly used his Seiko to time engine burns and continued wearing it until 2003!
Space Missions aside, this watch is a well built chronograph with a sporty design and tachymeter bezel.
This watch is a fine example of the model, with a dark blue dial, a rotating inner bezel and 30 minute timer at 6 o'clock. The subdial hand and second hand are both red with lume filled hour and minute hands showing a light patina. The hour markers are also lume filled and still have a light glow in the dark.
There is a day/date aperture at 3, which is quickset and changed via pushing in the crown.
The chronograph starts, stops and resets to zero perfectly well, with the pushers having a firm click.
The inner bezel rotates via turning of the crown in the in position while once pulled out the time can be set.
The fixed red/blue tachymeter bezel has some clear wear though is still very readable.
The Seiko Cal 6139 movement keeps excellent time with all functions working as they should.
The case has some light wear though for a 46 year old watch is in very good condition.
The crystal is scratch free.
The Seiko bracelet shows some light wear though no obvous dinks or deep scratches.
if you fancy a sporty watch with some real space heritage, here is a good option for you!
This watch is displayed at Wimborne Antiques Centre though we are also happy to post special delivery.