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The Seiko “Pogue” Chronograph ref.6139- 6005

The vintage watch market may be heading into the stratosphere (and beyond) these days, but that doesn’t mean you need a NASA-sized budget to get your hands on a vintage watch with serious heritage and a direct connection to space exploration!

In fact, many would argue that the tale of how the Seiko ref. 6139-6005 Chronograph earned its “Pogue” nickname makes it one of the only other true “space watches” ever made. And even if Col. William Pogue hadn’t smuggled his personal Seiko 6139 into the great beyond, the technological innovations Seiko introduced via these affordable and stylish watches established them as an undeniably important part of not just Seiko’s history – but horological history as a whole! For these reasons and more, the ref. 6139-6005 is the latest watch to be featured in our Under The Radar video series. 

In this installment of Under The Radar, Craft + Tailored’s pet trend spotter, Tyler Vanes, valiantly attempts to deliver the ref. 6139-6005 from its relative obscurity within the watch collecting mainstream to its rightful place as a highly collectable, yet affordable slice of history. The particular “Pogue” example we look at in this episode was manufactured in 1972 and features the same dial and inner ring colorway that was seen on the actual watch that Colonel Pogue himself snuck into space – though his personal watch did not display the “Water 70m Resist” text. The example we’ve featured is in exceptionally good condition and is presented on its original “H-link” Seiko bracelet, which is rarely found on these watches these days and even more difficult to find in the absolutely fantastic condition this bracelet is in! It’s a watch that speaks to Seiko’s distinctly Japanese design language, the rugged, utility-focused case designs of the ‘70s, and the infatuation we all still have with space exploration and the tools of astronauts. Check out the video at the link below!


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