Vintage Seiko Blue Pogue Chronograph ref. 6139-6002 – 1976, Original Dial & Hands, Serviced

899 

The ref. 6139-6002 is fascinating in more ways than one.
Nicknamed The Pogue, the model was famously worn by Colonel William Pogue on the 1973′ Skylab 4 space mission. He took it with him of his own accord, without authorization from NASA, and wore it on his main hand while delegating his NASA-approved Speedmaster to his off-hand. (That would make The Pogue the first automatic chronograph wristwatch worn in space, in case you’re wondering.)
What’s more, as if its backstory wasn’t cool enough, the 6139-6002 is also powered by Seiko’s first self-winding chronograph movement, which made its debut around the same time as Zenith’s El Primero after a year-long competition over creating the first automatic chronograph.
Unfortunately, finding an original 6139-6002 nowadays has proved nearly impossible, as most examples out there are either redialed, feature unoriginal parts, or have been polished beyond all recognition. Even if an authentic one does pop up, it’s usually in pretty rough shape.
The example on offer here, however, is one of the exceptions.
Strictly speaking, it might not be entirely accurate to refer to this watch as a Pogue since it is not the yellow-dialed version, but in recent years the term has expanded to include all 6139-600*. What makes the blue-dialed Pepsi variant special is, well, its beautiful blue dial and faded Pepsi bezel, whose combination arguably make it just as rare as its spacefaring sibling. They also give it a cleaner look thanks to the color layout and the lack of dial script. All of this particular example’s parts are original and in full working order, including the rotating inner bezel. The case is crisp and sharp and has never been polished, and the chronograph pushers and crown are correct to the model.
The watch was just serviced by our in-house watchmaker in 11.2021 and is ticking confidently. It comes outfitted with an aftermarket bracelet.

Covered by a limited warranty of 6 months.

 

Additional information

Reference number

6139-6002

Movement

Automatic

Movement caliber

17 Jewels, Seiko cal. 6139

Power reserve

45 h

Case material

Steel

Case size

41 x 46 mm

Year of production

1976

Condition

Good

Scope of delivery

Watch only

Strap/Bracelet

Folding clasp, Steel Bracelet

Complications/Functions

Chronograph, Date, Luminous hands, Luminous indices, Rotating bezel, Tachymeter, Weekday

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