Seiko Automatic Cal 6139.

Case material:

Stainless Steel

Ref 6139-6005


Here we have one of the most interesting and collectable vintage Seikos in todays market... the famous 'Pogue'. This holds particular importance in Seikos history for 2 reasons. Firstly this model was worn by Colonel William Pogue in the 1973 'Skylab 4' mission. It was also one of the first 3 automatic chronograph watches (Zenith and Heuer/Breitling/Hamilton also claim this achievement). It also happens to have a very interesting dial with a pepsi tachmetre bezel, sunburst yellowy gold dial and rotating chapter ring. 


Pogue and his Seiko

The story of Colonel Pogue is a well documented one and he famously stated in a later interview that although he had a NASA certified Omega Speedmaster on his other wrist he actually timed the engine burns with his much preferred personal Seiko 6139-6005. It was believed that a Sinn watch was the first automatic chronograph in space until 2007, when an observant collector identified the watch on his wrist in the photographs as this model which was worn 5 years earlier. This watch was made in a few colour variations (silver, black and blue) though this model with the yellow dial is the one the astronaut wore. The only variation between Pogues actual watch and this model is that this is a slightly later model (his was a 6139-6002). 


This model has a large 40mm case but has a larger feel on the wrist to the bold colour and depth of the case. The rotating chapter ring has faded to a pale whitish colour (this happens a lot in these watches). There is a day/date function which displays the day in 2 languages and is quickset via pushing the crown in 1 or 2 positions. The deep orange chronograph and second hands match the colour of the English day while the hour and minute hand are thick and heavily lumed.

Turning the crown in the 'in' position rotates the bidirectional chapter ring. and sets the time when pulled out.


This comes on it's original 'H' link bracelet with a folding deployant clasp. We have not polished this watch or done any restoration apart from replace the crystal. 


This offers a great oppurtunity to own a 'space watch' with genuine horological importance.


Technical Details

This watch uses the Seiko automatic cal 6139.

This has 17 jewels and a 45 hour power reserve.

Frequency of 21,600 bph.


Condition Report

This watch is in very good condition with obvious signs of wear to the case and bracelet. Being a sports watch we have not polished/rebrushed and of the services as we prefer to leave it in it's original condition. The dial shows some patination to the lume. The watch has been serviced and keeps excellent time. As usual water resistance is not guaranteed. The bracelet is a good size though if you have a wrist that is quite large please check with us first.

Seiko 'Pogue' Automatic Chronograph

  • If you are not local to us, we are happy to post your watch to you, fully insured next day delivery at buyers expense (between £8 and £12).

  • While all care is taken to ensure every watch functions perfectly well, occassionally when worn on the wrist they can behave slightly differently. If any issues occur within the 30 days after purchase we are happy to refund or repair the watch hassle free.