my vintage watches

The 30-second summary.

The vintage watch collection is not complete without a Seiko chronograph. Value is almost out the window with what they're going for now, but you'll still be getting something historic and mechanically awesome. 


What's so special about the watch?

The 6138 needs no introduction. The two-register variant of the vintage Seiko chronographs come in many case shapes. The Jumbo featured here is a large variant of a similar 6139 chronograph, and offers the wearer a more macho alternative to the simple, military style execution of the dial.


What are the functions of the watch?

12-hour mechanical chronograph with quickset day (French) and day function. 


Let me tell you about the case...

The case has a substantial weight to it, which is one of its selling points for me. A well-made watch should have a nice heft to it in my opinion. The stainless steel case is in good condition with scratches from the usual amount of wear. 


Another worthy design point of the case is the really short lugs, which when paired with the large round dial makes the 38mm watch wear even larger than it seems. The lugs are also set on a lower level from the crystal by its bezel, which makes the dial shoot out even more. This watch will get noticed for sure.


And now the dial...

I'm very close to calling this guy the Seiko Moonwatch, given how much similarities it has the its Omega counterpart. The layered dial has high contrast black-white markings on the higher outer ring, sitting inside a thin rehaut with its square lume markers matching the thicker hour indices. 


Cut into the 12 and 6 of the outer ring are two small grooves that are the edges of the hour and minute register sub-dials. The two dials sink in to the dial, creating an extra level of depth that's really cool to look at. And balancing the dial at 3 and 9 are the applied polished Seiko logo and the black framed day -date window. 


Now for the magic - like the earlier 186 Omega Speedmasters, this dial has a slight oily look to it, which in my opinion add tremendously to its vintage appeal.


Let's not forget the hands...

Visibility is the main focus here, with thick white hands used for the hour and minutes. The central chronograph seconds is of typical Seiko make, and the register hands are in the familiar lollipop design, both in matching faded yellow.

"Fresh" - 1977 Seiko 6138-3002 Jumbo Black

  • Specifications

    • Watch serviced July 2018
    • Hour and minute hands with quickset day-date
    • Two-register chronograph for 12-hour and 30-minutes
    • Eng / Frn day display
    • Matte Black dial
    • 40mm stainless steel case
    • 46mm lug-to-lug
    • 19mm lug width
    • 6138 automatic chronograph @ 21,600vph 
    • Hardlex crystal
    • Aftermarket black nylon nato strap


    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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