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I've been on a vintage Seiko binge lately with several new ones coming in, but yesterday was the best yet. Found this package waiting for me at lunch.

20170816_162245.jpg Oh, yeah!

20170816_162400.jpg Well packed. Let's cut it open.

20170816_162501.jpg Look at that blue goodness! Let's take a closer look.

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An early 6139-6010! How early?

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How about February 1969? One of the earliest automatic chronographs made. I think this is a keeper, but not sure how much I'll wear it. One, it's a piece of history, and two, the (original?) bracelet is weak at the clasp. I don't want to break it.

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Anyhoo...that's my latest and probably my best.
 

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Beautiful piece -- and you've gotta wear it! Too nice not to be in regular rotation.
 
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Thanks gang. I have a couple from May of 1969 which are pretty cool, but there's something special about this one. I need to sort out the bracelet before I start wearing it. But yeah, it belongs in the rotation.

BTW, I've seen two earlier in Feb (assuming the serial number is sequential manufacturing). Mine is the 1,913th made and I've seen others that were 602 and 605 made. I think the highest number in February was ~8000, meaning Seiko was deep into manufacturing these back in February of 1969.
 

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Nice score! Looks like no water intrusion ever based on the lumed indices. Very fortunate. I agree with others - wear it!

And remember the chronograph hand was made to run, not sit static. Static is wearing the slip clutch out.

Somewhere I have a bookmarked page on Seiko chronograph care and that was up there on the list of "do's ".

And reset it as close after 12 as possible for the least torque amount when you want to time some event.

Maybe a repair or parts replacement on the bracelet will bring it back to snuff and regular wear.

Congrats, again!
 

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Cool looking watch. Agree the bracelet definitely looks iffy at best.
 
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Congrats!!! Love the thrill of the hunt:-!
 
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So, I ordered a black rally strap for it. Should be here in a week or so. I'll update pictures when it gets here.
 

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Update. Replaced the damaged bracelet with a Fluco rally strap.


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Congratulations!

Best regards,
 
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