A November 1972 vintage Seiko 'Pogue' Chronograph 6139-6005 on its original bracelet that was recently serviced. This vintage Seiko 'Pogue' is in excellent original condition and is powered by the venerable automatic chronograph 6139 movement. This stunning, classic 1970s chronograph is very desirable amongst collectors for its history and measures 41 mm in diameter. The day/date function at 3 o'clock shows the day in English and French and has quick day/date. There are minimal scratches from wear on the case. We offer a flat rate for shipping on every order and 30-day free returns. We also offer a 2-month mechanical warranty for every purchase. All prices are in CAD.
Seiko 'Pogue' History
The very first automatic chronograph movement by Seiko was the caliber 6139. And the 'Pogue' models are famous for Colonel William Pogue, who wore one during the Skylab 4 mission in 1973. While the yellow dial version is the one Colonel Pogue wore during the mission, the blue dial 6139-6005 is still sought after and called a 'Pogue'.
Seiko was founded as a watch store in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori in Tokyo. By the 1890s it was producing both clocks and pocket watches as Seikosha. And in 1913 Seiko produced Japan's first wristwatch, the Seiko Laurel. Seiko had beat out several other Japanese companies, including other Tokyo clock companies like Tokyo Clock Co. and Japan Pocket Watch Manufacturing Co. By the mid-20th century Seiko produced some of its most important wristwatches that set the stage for its future. In the early 1950s Seiko produced the Seiko Super which then became the Marvel. And in 1960 Seiko released the first Grand Seiko. This marked the beginning of not only the Grand Seiko but also the King Seiko and Lord Matic lines to follow.
Then, in 1969, Seiko released the Astron, the watch that would upend the Swiss watchmaking industry. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Seiko continues to produce extraordinary quartz watches, along with many legendary vintage Seiko dive watches. In modern times Seiko continues to innovate, especially through its Grand Seiko brand.