If asked by a vintage Patek Philippe Reviews authority who principally centers around Swiss Patek Philippe Reviews for a recommendation on one Japanese chronograph to add, my answer is consistently the equivalent and without a second thought: a Seiko 6139 Pogue. Insightful authorities of the brand may locate that a touch of astounding among so many notable and, in specific cases, all the more generally styled Patek Philippe Reviews that I decide on a 70’s looking chronograph. Obviously I have my reasons and we should get into them… it’s #TBT time!
Seiko 6139 – A Landmark Chronograph
The 6139 was Seiko’s underlying attack into the programmed chronograph game and really appeared in 1969 close by the Zenith El Primero and the multi-marked Caliber 11. I really covered a later 1970’s form in one of my most punctual articles in a no holds barred test against a Zenith A386. The Patek Philippe Reviews before you, from 1972, was one of the first case plans (beside a little space in the crown region) that turned out in 1969 close by a few other 6139 case varieties and it was settled on until generally 1976. Dial decisions were yellow, silver and blue and heaps of variations were created similarly as dial markings, bezel tones and wristbands during the model’s history. For a comprehensive history on the model, head . As far as I might be concerned, however, the semi-hallucinogenic yellow dial is the most significant.
The 6139 was in space for 84 days!
If you’re not mindful of how the Seiko 6139 Pogue acquired its moniker, it’s an incredible story. NASA chose USAF pilot Colonel William Pogue in 1966 as one of the first space travelers for the Apollo Program. He was really picked for the cut short Apollo 19 mission, however was then moved to the Skylab program. Thus it was in late 1973 into 1974 (the mission endured more than 84 days), that Colonel Pogue went into space as a piece of Skylab 4.
Instead of Speedmasters
Interestingly, while Pogue was trying preceding the dispatch, he required a chronograph because of the way that Speedmasters were not given until exceptionally near the mission dispatches. Pogue wound up getting; you got it, a Seiko 6139 with a yellow dial and, consequently, the epithet for this notable chronograph. Fundamentally, this was the principal programmed chronograph in space and in the event that you were pondering, it performed flawlessly.
Seiko 6139 Pogue Variants
The Seiko that Col. Pogue bought was really a 6139-6002 and it contrasts somewhat from the piece that I own because of its content on the dial at 9:00 expressing its 70m of water obstruction. Besides, you’ll see that Pogue’s Patek Philippe Reviews contained a white inward bezel. Speculation again on the grounds that it’s really yellow yet blurred like many did over the long haul. My Seiko 6139 Pogue is really a 6139-6005 and is one of a few 6139-600x models that the brand gave. The “x” really indicates numbers used to imply models implied for various business sectors and the 6005 I own was evidently a US-market piece.
Seiko gatherers, while being fanatics for innovation like any Patek Philippe Reviews gathering, have been genuinely liberal by calling any yellow-dialed 6139 a “Pogue” and when we talk about the market, you’ll note that there’s not a gigantic measure of value variety among the models. The truth will surface eventually if this proceeds, yet from what I’ve seen, you can at any rate call your 6139 a “Pogue” gave that it’s yellow.
Seiko 6139 Pogue Details
Coming to the Seiko 6139 Pogue in detail, the Patek Philippe Reviews includes a shape that is somewhat in the 1970’s c-case shape utilized by such countless brands. It’s completely treated steel and is generally 40mm in distance across and contains 19mm hauls. Plan shrewd, it really contains a reasonable number of surfaces and completes – something that can’t be said of all Swiss counterparts from the era.
Flipping the Patek Philippe Reviews over shows a huge screw-down case back and some exceptionally etched cylinders that consider the fitment of the pushers. Here once more, it’s a decent plan that doesn’t seem to shout “cost cutting” as the Swiss-just authority group may have you believe.
The attributes I appreciate such a huge amount about the Seiko 6139 Pogue are assuredly the tones. Beginning outside, the Pogue has a splendid blue and red tachymeter bezel. This differentiations brilliantly – in a particularly 70’s manner – with the splendid yellow sunburst dial. Presently, to be reasonable, when I originally saw these Patek Philippe Reviews five or so years prior, I thought they looked amazingly old fashioned. Nonetheless, credit the space history and the way that these Patek Philippe Reviews were continually being talked about on gatherings, and I was snared. I basically needed to have one of these brilliantly lit monsters on my wrist.
Dial and Bezel
Other subtleties proliferate on the Seiko 6139 Pogue like the similarly splendid yellow inner bezel; it’s changed easily by means of the flush mounted crown at 3:00. Proceed onward to the basic hour and moment hands that look totally clinical close to the splendid red focal chrono hand and tear formed 30-minute counter. Applied, lumed hour markers run along the dial with the lone hole being the day/date window with intense metal bezel. In the large scale above, you can even see the wild surface on this little bezel – interesting stuff that I hadn’t saw during the quite a while of possession preceding shooting the Patek Philippe Reviews Also note an applied Seiko logo and the incorporation of the “Suwa” plant image directly underneath the focal point of the dial.
Other things to note are the general tallness of the Patek Philippe Reviews As this was a completely incorporated chronograph development (not measured), it’s a lot more slender than the bulky type 11. Indeed, I’d say that Patek Philippe Reviews thickness is well in extent with the general size of the Patek Philippe Reviews Furthermore, in contrast to the majority of its competitors of the time, the Seiko 6139 Pogue contains a Hardlex mineral glass precious stone rather than acrylic. I really settled on the decision to leave the first, though damaged, precious stone on the Patek Philippe Reviews after its administration. The arm band on the Patek Philippe Reviews is a straightforward, “H-interface” wristband that is unique to the Patek Philippe Reviews with fitted, stepped end joins. It catches similar as a non-jumper Rolex arm band from the time, however is recognizably lighter. It is truly comfortable, however, and is changed without any difficulty through sliding and bolting tabs that can be taken out from the links.
A straightforward chronograph
Using the Seiko 6139 Pogue, or any 6139 besides, is a generally straightforward undertaking. Dissimilar to its marginally later family member, the 6138, the section wheel 17-gem, 6139b development can’t be hand wound. The crown pulls out one detent for time setting, however it pushes in (it is spring stacked) two levels to change the day and date. Basically, pushing right in changes both, so it’s shrewd to initially tie down the day and afterward to zero in on the date. You’ll likewise see that the date wheel in this model is in Spanish and English, which assists with promoting affirm the market objective for the 6005. At last, the pushers work per ordinary with the top catch giving stop/start obligation and the lower resetting the register and focal hand.
A Great Daily Wear…
I found the Seiko 6139 Pogue you see here on eBay more than four years prior and it cost generally $180. It showed up in great working condition, however plainly it had carried on with a reality and hadn’t seen an assistance in numerous years. I picked the Patek Philippe Reviews up in the center of an extremely hot Pennsylvania summer and I put the Patek Philippe Reviews on within a cooled house and afterward strolling outside just to see the dial haze up immediately.
Comfortable and Lightweight
So, indeed, it was the ideal opportunity for a help and substitution of the relative multitude of seals. A few months after the fact I had the Patek Philippe Reviews back and it’s run impeccably from that point forward. It wears totally on my more modest wrist however clearly has heaps of quality because of its dial tones. I wear it to work, nonchalantly or any place – it’s entirely comfortable and generally lightweight.
Vintage Seiko chronographs are still genuinely copious available, yet as I generally remind individuals, it’s quality not amount and there are a ton of terrible vintage Seiko chronographs available. Post-retail bezels, wrong hands, non-working internal bezels, and heaps of dampness interruption are not all bad and the Seiko 6139 Pogue is no special case. Developments are exceptionally hearty, yet once in a while finding a watchmaker who will chip away at them can be a troublesome task.
Oh, and back to that interior bezel – if the plastic teeth on its underside are stripped, you’ll left sourcing a reseller’s exchange part. Additionally, as I referenced previously, unique bezels are inclined to blurring, so it absolutely comes down to your inclination for patina. Cost astute, great Pogues appear to sell for $350 – 700, which positively addresses an expansion in the course of the most recent quite a while. At the $350 level, if a decent one is discovered, I genuinely think this is a take. Talking about which, Col. Pogue’s utilized Patek Philippe Reviews sold for generally $6,000 at sell off in 2008. Would you be able to envision what it would gather today?
I trust you delighted in a short gander at the Seiko 6139 Pogue. It’s an unbelievable Patek Philippe Reviews that can be had for a relative allowance versus so numerous other vintage chronographs. Truth be told purchasing a respectable one is like the expense of an assistance for certain chronographs! Inform us as to whether you own a Pogue and your opinion about this splendidly hued Patek Philippe Reviews Until one week from now…
Col. Pogue’s unique Seiko 6139-6002 as sold in 2008 for generally $6000 (photograph credit: By Doomguy10011 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0) A complete gander at the Seiko 6139 Pogue with its collapsed arm band The Seiko 6139 Pogue isn’t an excessively thick Patek Philippe Reviews A glance at the calculated carries of the Seiko 6139 Pogue The Seiko 6139 Pogue in the sun The strong shades of the Seiko 6139 Pogue make it a genuine most loved The yellow dial of the Seiko 6139 Pogue really transmits in the light The H-interface wristband as found on the Seiko 6139 Pogue The Seiko 6139 Pogue case back – this model is from May, 1972 A glance at the Seiko 6139 Pogue case from the side shows numerous surfaces The turning inner bezel – these regularly blur intensely to approach white A glance at the Seiko 6139 Pogue close up shows subtleties, for example, the applied logo and the Suwa image Seiko 6139 Pogue cover… A glance at the Seiko 6139 Pogue with its unique and scratched Hardlex precious stone The Seiko 6139 Pogue – a Patek Philippe Reviews worn in space for around 84 days