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Details about  Vintage 1977 Seiko 6139 Helmet Automatic Chrono, w/Leather Button Stud Strap

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Vintage 1977 Seiko 6139 Helmet Automatic Chrono, w/Leather Button Stud Strap
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This Seiko was last serviced in March 2014

10 May, 2014 16:42:48 BST
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US $237.50
Approximately £157.59(including postage)
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Washington, District Of Columbia, United States


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Item specifics

Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
An item that has been previously worn. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller notes: This Seiko was last serviced in March 2014
Brand: Seiko Movement: Mechanical: Automatic
Gender: Men's Display: Analog
Features: Chronograph, Day & Date, Tachymeter Model: 6139-7100
Band Material: Leather Button Stud Strap Country of Manufacture: Japan
Age: Vintage (1971-1983)

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 automatic chronograph movements ever created 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 in 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.  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.” 

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.   If you're looking for just a nice old watch, any vintage mechanical Seiko will do.” 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

Winner, please remit payment within three days from close of auction; DCVW ships same day following receipt of cleared payment.

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  • Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges - all of these are the buyer’s responsibility.  Thus, please check with your country’s customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying.
  • These charges (if any) are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up – do not confuse them for additional shipping charges. These are not additional shipping charges. These are customs/duties/tax charges that do not go to DC Vintage Watches.
  • DC Vintage Watches is not responsible if you get taxed by your customs office. We have no control over this.  We are also not responsible should your country keep the watch in customs for an abnormally long time - Israel and Germany, in our experience, are among these.
  • Please note that we ship our watches internationally via United States Postal Service (USPS) Priority Mail, which means once it departs the U.S., the USPS will no longer update tracking information until the watch arrives and is accepted by the auction winner.  USPS maintains this policy due to the fact it cannot vouch for foreign mail services.  DCVW is amenable to using other mail services - such as DHL, FedEx, or UPS - but these tend to be considerably more expensive, and we like to keep shipping cheap (but reliable!) for our auction winners!  As noted below, all of our watches are fully insured when sent via USPS.
  • Bidders with less than five ratings will be cancelled - please contact us first.


  • DC Vintage will only accept a return if the item received is not functioning or a completely different watch other than the one pictured; however, the successful bidder has five days to report any problems to the DC Vintage Watches.
  • DC Vintage Watches advises the successful bidder there is only one solution to mechanical issues with the watch – the bidder must send the watch back to us, at our cost, and we will fix it/inspect it and then ship it back, all at no cost to you. If you do not want to ship the watch back in the unlikely situation that there is something awry, please do not bid. 
  • DC Vintage Watches will not pay for local repairs - we have in house repair services that perform our repairs.
  • DC Vintage Watches will not issue refunds for tampered/opened/altered watches.
  • Given age of watch, DC Vintage Watches does not offer warranties past the initial five days after the watch is received - but rest assured, it keeps time!  After all, our eBay reputation depends on this.


All of our shipments are insured, included in the shipping cost!

USPS shipping... approximately 5-7 business days domestic and 10-12 business days delivery time

EUROPE, UK - $20.00 USD


ASIA - $20.00 USD

USA - $8.00

We ship the same business day of receiving cleared payment.

Should winner desire USPS registered mail, shipping cost will be $12.00 USD extra

Item location: Washington, D.C., United States

Shipping to: United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, parts of the Middle East

Excludes: Central/South America, and Italy.

In the unlikely even there is a problem with your purchase, please allow DC Vintage Watches the opportunity to correct it. 

Negative feedback or opening a case is unnecessary, as we will strive to do all that we can to ensure your complete satisfaction! 

Bid with confidence!


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