Vintage Seiko 6139 and 6138 chronographs hold a special place in the world of watches, and in the hearts of collectors. You’d be hard pressed to find another series of watches so well regarded for their quality and style, that are also so easy to own. That’s not to mention also so historically significant, with the 6139 vying for the title of world’s first automatic chronograph. With starting prices coming in at only a few hundred bucks, they are perhaps the best entry point into vintage collecting. And with the sheer amount of models out there, it’s easy to find one that will suit your specific tastes, making them not another “me too” watch.
We’ve gone into detail on these guys before. Specifically, I wrote about my own first 6139 purchase, the 6139-7010, a couple of years ago. Then Sean told us about the black and gold 6138-8039 “John Player Special” in one of his Watches and F1 pieces. Since then, 6139’s and 6138’s have popped up with some regularity in our guides and conversations about favorite watches. Today we’re going to take a visual tour of perhaps the most iconic of these watches, the Seiko 6139-6002, a.k.a. the Pogue. This watch has been covered pretty extensively on other major publications as well as many forums, but we’re going to take a quick shot at it because we had the opportunity to shoot a basically NOS model with original box, lent to us by our friends at 10:25 Vintage (sorry, it’s already sold). You rarely get to see them in this shape, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity.