The 30-second summary.
This honest-to-goodness chronograph grows on you. From one of the vintage watch world's best starting brand is an awesome starter piece with its aged dial and markers. This watch features a macho case with a striking dial color combination.
What's so special about the watch?
I personally like that large black sub-dial at 6'O. There's quite a bit of detail in this 38mm case that leaves you with a lot to look at, despite the less than optimal handset. In fact the more you look the more charm it seems to get - a solid design within a solid stainless steel case.
What are the functions of the watch?
30 minute chronograph, quickset day and date, time.
Let me tell you about the case...
What immediately strikes you is the thick polished bezel, sitting atop the c-case curves of a solid stainless steel base. This actually sets the stage for the detailed dial and its striking color combination.
This case in particular is in relatively good condition, its bevelled edges showing slightly and its lugs remaining thick and stalky. Hairline scratches are present, but nothing we don't normally see on vintage pieces. No notable dings or damage is present.
Last but not least, the hardlex glass is free from scratches, giving a nice unobstructed view of the dial.
And now the dial...
The dial has got to be the highlight of the watch - a wonderful combination of black, gold and white. The rehaut is a sloping black ring with a tachymeter printed in white. Linking the rehaut to the dial are the long stick markers streaked in lume.
The gold sunburst dial has aged beautifully, acquiring a nice coat of grey that complements nicely with the black markings on the dial. Hash minute and sub-minute markings are clearly printed inbetween each stick hour maker, a very nice detail to look at on the loupe.
A black sub-dial ends the dial tour, recessed into the 6'O in true 6139 style, the minute hash marks printed firmly and clearly on its edge.
Let's not forget the hands...
Here's where the charm lacks a little. The white hands are nicely aged, with the lume gaining a beautiful green patina. What's to note is that the hands on the 6139-6012 are typically black instead of the white ones used here. The central chrono and subdial hands also seem to have been painted, although it does not impede its function.
"Deadeye" - 1977 Seiko 6139-6012 Chronograph
- Hour and minute hands with quickset day (push) and date
- 30-minute chronograph functioning well
- Eng / Rom day display
- Yellow gold dial with black rehaut and sub-dial
- 38mm stainless steel case
- 44mm lug-to-lug
- 19mm lug width
- 6139 automatic chronograph @ 21,600vph
- Harlex glass crystal
- Aftermarket green perlon strap
Disclosure: The central chrono and sub-dial hands appear to have been touched up, and the central seconds is a touch shy of the centre when you reset. The chapter ring is also a little off to the left, easily fixed by a competant watch guy. This watch has been priced accordingly.This is a vintage timepiece. Please expect signs of ageing and wear. Watch is checked to be in working condition when shipped. International sales are final; buyers are advised to ask all questions before purchase. Accuracy of watch cannot be guaranteed and there might be unexpected issues due to its age; servicing is recommended for practical everyday use.
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