Details about Vintage 1977 Seiko 6139 Helmet Automatic Chrono, w/Leather Button Stud StrapVintage 1977 Seiko 6139 Helmet Automatic Chrono, w/Leather Button Stud Strap See original listing
“This Seiko was last serviced in March 2014”
10 May, 2014 16:42:48 BST
Approximately £139.18(including postage)
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|Seller notes:||“This Seiko was last serviced in March 2014”|
Chronograph, Day & Date, Tachymeter
Leather Button Stud Strap
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DC Vintage Watches is pleased to offer for bidding this beautiful pre-loved vintage 17-jewel 1977 Seiko 6139 automatic chronograph, aka the “Helmet,” presented on a leather ZULU button stud strap. This Seiko keeps accurate time for a vintage watch; we timed it with the Twixt app – discussed in this Hodinkee article here – and found that it lost 21.2 seconds in a 24 hour period, within tolerance for a watch of this vintage. The 6139 has day and date displays, and its automatic movement is a known reliable workhorse. The 6139 is a single register chronograph that allows time to be measured in increments of a half-hour. The 6139 is a historical movement, one of the first and ranks up there with the El Primero movement by Zenith/Movado. This 6139 gets its nickname, “Helmet,” from its highly unique case shape…Seiko placed their movements into multiple highly unique cases, leading to a plethora of out of the ordinary shapes and sizes – and for its ability to stand out on the wrist! The 6139 was the first chronograph to have a vertical clutch, a feature considered by many to be one of the hallmarks of a superior automatic chronograph movement. The 6139 also features automatic column wheel timing control and is an integrated chronograph, which means the entire 6139 movement was designed and built to be a chronograph , vice being an automatic movement with a mere timing module added to make it one.
The 6139 does not have an independent constant second hand, and the only time a hand – aside from the hour and minute hands – is in motion is when the chronograph is engaged. One highly unique aspect of this movement is the quick-set date. To set the day, push the crown To wit, from humble beginnings Seiko was founded in 1881, when Kintarō Hattori's vision for Seiko led him to open a watch shop in Tokyo, Japan. Eleven years later, in 1892, Hattori began to produce clocks under the name Seikosha, translated roughly as “House of Exquisite Workmanship.” all the way until it turns. Then, to set the day, press it a bit more firmly. The 6139’s ruggedness and reliability is well-known, as its basic design has been proven over past decades in various forms.
Indeed, as recently stated in Hodinkee article, “Ten Vintage Watches That Should Be More Expensive Than They Are, And Why” – “In this list, we’ll take you through ten watches that we think should be selling for more money than they are, and we’ll tell you why. Oh, and there isn't a single Rolex on this list….What is there to say about vintage Seiko besides “great watches for the money?” Seiko has been making mechanical watches since 1913, and Grand Seiko has been around since 1961 – with a host of cool designs and interesting, even high-beat, movements…But just because these guys hail from Japan and not Switzerland is no reason to discount them. DC Vintage Watches is happy to offer this 6139 Vader as another example of the fine workmanship and innovation that continues the Seiko tradition.
As our name indicates, DC Vintage Watches has a great respect for classic manual movement timepieces - usually originating from the vintage or retro era spanning from the 1950's to 1990's - for the care taken during this period by Swiss, American, and Japanese companies to ensure owner’s of these timepieces had a keepsake worthy of lasting decades (and most likely longer) - all at an affordable price. We aim to bring these beautiful and interesting watches, the type people will undoubtedly notice on your wrist, to auction winners every week! You won't find anything lackluster here at DC Vintage Watches - just our unique selection of vintage and retro wristwatches!
DCVW has shunned quartz since our inception in 2012, and will continue to solely auction quality manual movements, with an eye to outstanding workmanship!
DIAL: Brilliant aftermarket white dial with original black chronograph hands. Day/date – with Latin/English variants – at 3 o’clock position works nicely. Grayish/silver chapter ring, with tachymeter, is original. Lume shines, per picture.
CASE: Original 41mm (w/o crown) x 49mm stainless steel case in pre-loved condition.
CRYSTAL: Crystal is scratch-free.
BAND: New 18mm light brown leather ZULU button stud strap - a nice complement to the retro nature of this Seiko Helmet. The strap is made from American-sourced vegetable-tanned hide, and is 2mm thick. The button stud itself is removable to allow adjustment to size, depending on the wearer’s wrist size.
MOVEMENT: Original Seiko 6139-7100 automatic movement, manufactured in October 1977.
CROWN: Original unsigned stainless steel crown.
CHRONOGRAPH PUSHERS: Chronograph pushers depress with satisfying click, no stick. Black chronograph main and subdial hands reset with no issue.
PHOTOS: Are of the actual item for sale and correctly reflect the condition of the vintage watch for sale – please inspect the pictures closely while disregarding the dust specks/prints on the watch – these pictures are highly detailed and are part of the watch/auction description.
No box & papers, but DC Vintage Watches guarantees this watch is authentic
DC Vintage Watches does not guarantee any water-proofing, given the age and vintage nature of the watch.
Please view this YouTube video of a similar 6139-7100
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