Seiko 6139-6002 Pogue Chronograph from May 1975 - Now in France

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Seiko Vintage 6139-6002 'Pogue' Chronograph from May 1975

All original except for crystal which was replaced at service. These watches are referred to as the 'Pogue' after Colonel William Pogue who wore his own personal 6139 on NASA's Skylab 4 mission in 1973, the third and final mission to the United States’ first space station. Although the 6139 was never formally approved for mission use, Pogue stated that his operated flawlessly during his time in space where he used it to time engine burns. Pogue said that as he had been using his Seiko during training for up to year before the mission launched, (they weren't issued their Omega Speedmaster's until very late in training) and had grown familiar with the Seiko, he decided to bring it as his trusted timepiece without seeking official approval from NASA

Click here to read a GQ piece about this iconic watch 

Manufactured by the Suwa factory in May 1975 and just serviced (October 2020) so  movement is freshly lubricated, clean and free of any deterioration. Keeping amazing vintage time. Automatic chronograph with a single thirty minute register at 6 o’clock and internal rotating bezel with tachymetre scale, operated via the crown. Chrono functions all working as they should, buttons click nice and firmly and it resets perfectly to zero. Day/Date functions working correctly by pushing in the crown lightly for day and more firmly for date. Cosmetically in excellent condition. Dial near perfect and no scuffs on the crystal, body or bezel

Movement: Original, SEIKO Suwa 6139B - Great condition, screw heads are in good condition. Fully serviced October 2020, test worn for 24 hours & keeping chronometer grade time during inspection. Please see photo of watch on timegraher for readings,  accuracy shown cannot be guaranteed but +/- 10 s/d is our benchmark for serviced watches. Day/date turn over at midnight & quickset works as it should. Not guaranteed water resistant.

Serviced with fresh pusher and crown gaskets but not guaranteed waterproof

Dial: Yellow, in superb excellent condition

Day/Date at 3 o'clock Day in English and French, features the classic Sunday in red

Glass: Unmarked, replaced at service (original available on request)

Hands: Original. Hour and minute hands are very good with very little discoloration to the lume

Case: Original, unpolished stainless steel, minor age related wear but no bad dings, caseback is fairly worn but serial number and reference still legible

Jewels: 17

Beat Rate: 21,600bph

Diameter: Approx. 41mm

Lug width: 19mm

Band: Original stainless steel tapered bracelet with original clasp, will fit up to a 19cm wrist.

Crown: Original, well fitted

Year and location of manufacture - May 1975 - Serial No.552940 - Japan SEIKO Suwa Factory