Seiko 6139-6002 Pogue Yellow Dial Automatic Chronograph Original H-Link Bracelet
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All watch enthusiasts appreciate a storied timepiece. As passionate purveyors of obsolete timekeeping technology, it is simply in our nature to put a value on the history of our prized mechanical watches as well as the quality and craftsmanship behind them. This is why feats of human endurance for which our timepieces have been present and have withstood (even if they aren’t our specific timepieces, or our personal feats of endurance) mean so much to us. These are the stories that sell Submariners and Seamasters by the truckload.
Of course, nautical feats aren’t the only ones to capture the attention of watch enthusiasts; there is also the sky and the stars. Aviation and space exploration have long been the stuff dreams are made of, and even in the modern age of regular commuter flights, automated drones, supersonic jet fighters and impending commercial space travel, man’s ascent into the heavens still captivates the imagination. Timepieces have, of course, been designed to aid man in these exploits since the last world war, and collectors lust after purpose-built models with a genuine connection to the history of flight.
Amongst the Rolex GMT Masters, Breitling Cosmonautes and Omega Speedmasters which collectors prize, there is also the Sinn 140 which is sought after by collectors because it was the first automatic chronograph known to be worn in space on the wrist of German Astronaut Reinhard Furrer during the Spacelab D1 mission in 1985. To this day, Sinn is generally recognized for being the first automatic chronograph used in space, and enjoys plenty of popularity and collector loyalty for that achievement.
Interestingly, over twenty years after the Spacelab D1 mission, it came to light that Sinn was in fact not the first automatic chronograph worn in space – that honor goes to a cheap, mass produced, ‘70s Seiko. The discovery occurred in 2007 when an eagle-eyed timepiece enthusiast spotted a 6139-6002 on the wrist of Colonel Pogue, an astronaut on a NASA mission dubbed Skylab 4. After an investigation and correspondence with the retired astronaut, suspicions were confirmed, forever changing the history of timepieces and the Space Program.
In 1973, Colonel William Pogue brought his Seiko 6139 Automatic Chronograph on board the Skylab 4 mission as part of his personal kit. He had purchased the watch from the PX at Ellington AFB, and although the watch wasn’t Flight-Approved by NASA, he was allowed to bring it on the flight.
Technically speaking, the Seiko 6139-6002 is a very simple timepiece, and was Seiko’s first attempt at making a mass-produced automatic chronograph model. The watch has a 30-minute counter in a single subsidiary register located at 6 o’clock, along with a day and date indicator at 3 o’clock, but lacks any additional registers and a sweep seconds function. Most notably, the 6139-6002 features an internally rotating bezel with tachymetre scale, operated via the crown. The 6139 range was offered with a variety of case shapes and dial variations, but the yellow-dialed version you see here has become the most iconic.
The discovery of the “Pogue Connection” prompted a buying frenzy amongst collectors back in 2007, and values on 6139s doubled just about overnight. Colonel Pogue decided to sell his personal watch at auction in 2008, hammering for just under $6000 (all proceeds went to Astronaut Scholarship Foundation).
Extremely Nice Vintage Seiko 6139-6002 Pogue on ORIGINAL Bracelet! This watch has only had 2 owners since 1974 (original owner 1974-2018) and it is in all original condition! Never polished! Original bracelet, dial, bezel, hands & movement! If you read the article above then you know how rare and how well made this watch is. Exceptional vintage condition and comes on the very Rare Seiko Stainless Steel Bracelet!! This is the Pogue you want to have in your collection! Note: If you would like the watch professionally polished I can have that done for you…However, as a very collectible Vintage Seiko I would highly recommend against that!
MODEL: 6139-6002 Pogue Automatic Chronograph
MOVEMENT: Automatic Japanese Cal 6139
CASE: Stainless Steel
CROWN: Non Screw Down
DIAL: Yellow “Pogue” dial
BEZEL: Non rotating “Pepsi” Blue/Red tachometer
CONDITION: Vintage – Excellent – Unpolished
BOXES/PAPERS: Watch with additional bracelet, custom strap, & Brand New Corrigia Leather 2 watch travel case.
WATER RESISTANCE: – 70m
STRAP/BRACELET: – 3 – Very Rare Original Seiko Stainless Steel H-link Bracelet with all original links & additional Custom Stainless Steel bracelet (if you prefer to keep the original somewhere safe) & additional custom leather strap & steel buckle.
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