For those who know me and my work, that I’ve chosen to spotlight this watch from my collection should be no surprise at all. I’ve written about the Seiko 6138-8039 “John Player Special” before here on worn&wound, and the 6138/9 lines certainly have a lot of fans around these parts. My particular 6138 means a lot more than that, however. It’s not just an under-appreciated vintage chronograph with a unique aesthetic; it’s really part of who I am. If I could point to any object and say, “that’s me,” it would be this watch.
I’m a man rooted in two passions—timepieces and cars—and I’ve always been fascinated by the history of both. It’s that love for the classics that got me into watches in the first place. I wasn’t raised in a watch-conscious family at all. In fact, the only watch my father ever wore was a black G-Shock that he gave up on after the strap broke. But I am from a car family, so you can already see how the seeds of my horological obsession might have been planted.