May 1969 saw Seiko introduce the 6139, one of the world's first automatic chronographs, alongside the Zenith El Primero that launched in the same year. The early 6139 “Speedtimer” watches were made for the Japanese market only. Col. Pogue wore a 6139-6002 during the NASA Skylab 4 mission which took place in 1973. The official watch approved by NASA was the Omega Speedmaster Professional. But due to the fact they were only provided just before the launch, Col.Pogue utilised his 6139-6002 to time engine burns during his training. Col. Pogue launched into space on Nov. 16, 1973, with the watch tucked in his suit leg pocket. He returned with the watch on Feb 8th, 1974. From this day forward the yellow dial with the yellow indicator ring variation of the 6002 is commonly known as the “Pogue”.
This incredible Seiko Pogue dates from this same period, April 1973. It's 40mm stainless steel cushion case has polished sides and brushed top surfaces. On the right side, we have 2 pushers and a crown. The fixed “Pepsi” bezel has the Tachymeter scale. The blue is deep while the red has faded with time giving it a pink tone but still allows the white numerals to pop. The inner rotating yellow bezel measures 60 minutes, this can be rotated by turning the crown in the neutral position. Its characteristic sunburst yellow dial has lume blocks indicating the hours. At 3 o’clock a day/ date window, to change the day you have to push the crown all the way in, to change the date you push the crown in slightly. At 6 o’clock a 30-minute register. Broad baton hands have lume infill along with a red chronograph seconds hand. On the reverse a screw-down case back with the model number and serial number for the watch. The first two digits of the serial number provide you with the year and month the watch was manufactured. Inside an Automatic Seiko 6139-6002, 17 Jewels, 21,600 beats per hour. Fitted on its original straight H-link stainless steel bracelet with a signed folding clasp, as well as an aftermarket stainless steel bracelet.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Lemania box or Lemania paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original H-link Seiko bracelet with a total length of 22cm, the watch also comes with a faithful reproduction bracelet. The dial and handset are all original, the lume is also original. The dial has developed some marks over the years as you can see from the photos, the bezel is original and the red has slightly faded too. The case is in nice original condition, signs of wear and a few marks can be seen, but overall it is one of the best examples I've seen. The movement does come with the KibbleWatches 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
The infamous Seiko Pogue! I've had one in the past many years ago when they weren't quite as hot as they are right now... Do they deserve the hype around them? When completely original and honest like this one, I really believe they do! There is so much history in this watch from the Nasa mission to the fact this watch technically beat the El-Primero by Zenith! But that is a bit controversial, which only adds to my love for this watch... Plus, it's a Seiko! We doesn't love a great vintage Seiko?