my vintage watches

The 30-second summary.

Ah, the vintage Seiko chronograph... so much wonder when you get one on your wrist. A look around the many available and you will no doubt find the 6040 being one of the favorite of collectors.

 

What's so special about the watch?

This watch was supposed to be listed a few months ago, but I had it on my wrist as I was taking photos and immediately drowned in a sea of regret. And then I wrote a blog post about it. I'm even going to put in the link for you so that you might be distracted and go off and read a few posts instead of buying this watch. 

 

But seriously, this watch is a powerhouse in looks. There's not a lot I can say here that isn't covered in my blog entry, but I'll sum it up as this - the 6040 is probably one of the few vintage Seikos that can rival the Panda in looks.

 

What are the functions of the watch?

30 minute chronograph, quickset day and date, time. And painfully good looks.

 

Let me tell you about the case...

Wait, let me get the watch first. I'm going to have it on my wrist as I write this one. I must admit that only some of the watches that are listed get this treatment - usually I just look at the photo instead of getting up and moving all the watch boxes around to get that particular watch. 

 

The emphasis for this guy is really that bezel - a solid black interrupted by a ghostly grey where the start of the tachymetre should be. For some reason the fading of the text on this part of the bezel is extremely common, leaving much of the text illegible. A good example is also apparently hard to find, but I do stand to be corrected as I not scholar. 

 

And indeed the bezel stands out, popping up from the short lugs on the case to take centre stage on the wrist, the two chronograph pushers protruding from the sides. 

 

Apart from the obvious factors, the case on this example stands extremely true - not a sign of poilshing done, evident from all the sharp bevels and factory finishing on the case and sides. All this completeness comes with the usual signs of use like slight scratches and very slight dings from the light knocks you get from a watch that's being worn instead of worshipped. 

 

And now the dial...

I would like to have a word with all you new collectors out there. Join in the vintage watch revolution and stop looking for dials that are shiner than a baby's ass. With all that buzz going around for vintage, you'll be hard pressed to find one, and if you do please don't whine about how much you're going to have to pay for it.

 

But I digress. What I meant to say is that the dial on this guy has aged really well. Originally a silver-champagne sunburst, it's managed to gather a little layer of dirt on its surface to give it a really vintage feel. Take a look at that white rounded square sub-dial to really know what I'm getting at. 

 

And those applied hour batons are to die for! The way the dirt gathers along its sides and in some cases spreads to the dial in a micro landslide of vintage patina goodness. And despite all that, you take in a loupe and stare intently at the printed marks, hoping to see examples of crisp and clear original print.

 

And oh, you are not disappointed.

 

Let's not forget the hands...

Typical 6139 hands are used in this case, the lume on this watch turning a sharp orange from age. Black is the color of choice for the chronograph hands, which adequately rounds up the perfection that is a 6139-6040. Man, you're going to have to pry this out of my hands.

"Vagrant" - 1976 Seiko 6139-6040

$620.00Price
  • Specifications

    • Hour and minute hands with quickset day (push) and date
    • 30-minute chronograph functioning well
    • Eng / Rom day display
    • Aged champagne sunburst dial
    • 38mm stainless steel case
    • 44mm lug-to-lug
    • 19mm lug width
    • 6139 automatic chronograph @ 21,600vph
    • Harlex glass crystal (most probably replacement or kept really darn well)
    • Aftermarket worn black leather 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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