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Up for grabs is this yellow – or gold, if you prefer – dialed 6139-6002. This particular Pogue dates from 1971 and varies from the usual eBay junk in two important regards:
  • It has been completely and correctly serviced by a specialist watchmaker well known in the vintage Seiko community; and
  • All parts, other than the usual wear items, are genuine Seiko.
Please understand that this watch is not original to itself. This is a 50-year-old mechanical watch, and parts wear out. This Pogue is made up of genuine Seiko parts, but they are not all the same parts as it had when it left the Seiko Factory.

Hopefully the pictures tell a lot of the story; here are the details:

Dial: a “resist” “T” dial with relatively little wear other than a few spots to the left of center, most notably over and around the word “resist.” There is just a bit of the sub-dial “halo” that can develop on these dials over time. The dial has recently been relumed and generally presents quite well.

Hands: the sweep hand is straight and both the sweep and sub-dial hands reset properly. The hour, minute, and sweep hands are the original hands for this watch and movement. The sub-dial hand is a correct Seiko replacement from another watch. The hour and minute hands show no corrosion and were relumed to match the dial.

Case: the case shows wear consistent with its age, but the case lines remain crisp and well-defined. The outer bezel has some small nicks and scuffs but is not faded. The inner rotating ring is not faded and has retained its correct color and index mark. The caseback, like the case, shows some wear but is generally in good condition and all markings are clearly legible. The crystal is a correct replacement that I believe to be the best 6139-600x replacement crystal currently available. As part of the overhaul, all seals – crown, pushers, crystal, and caseback – were replaced. Given the age of this piece, however, I cannot guarantee water resistance.

Crown and Pushers: the pushers are original and correct. I believe the crown to be correct as well, although the dimple looks a bit deeper to me than those on other Pogues in my collection. The inner bezel rotates properly and all setting features – day, date, and time – operate correctly as well.

Bracelet: the bracelet is the correct straight H-link bracelet supplied by Seiko for earlier versions of the Pogue. This particular bracelet has 2 removable links and is just a bit loose on my approximately 7” wrist with one adjustment hole remaining on the clasp.

Movement: the 6139B movement in this watch was thoroughly overhauled and – as the accompanying Timegrapher image shows – is in excellent operating condition. The watchmaker disassembled the movement, cleaned each part, replaced parts that were worn or defective, reassembled and lubricated the movement, and timed and regulated the reassembled movement. In the course of working on this particular movement he found and replaced several worn parts. In a nutshell, this movement was carefully and expertly rebuilt by hand. If you have had this sort of service performed, you know what it costs and how difficult it is to find a watchmaker with the requisite knowledge and expertise.

Sale Price: $975 US, net to me, includes insured Priority shipping within the US. I am willing to discuss shipping outside the US; be aware, however, that additional charges will apply as some form of insured private-courier shipping will probably be necessary.

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