The Seiko Pogue 6139-6009T was the first automatic chronograph watch brought to market, in Japan, in 1969. It was released as the Seiko Speed-Timer, but later was referred to as the Pogue, due to it’s use by Colonel William Pogue, an astronaut for NASA, during his time on the Skylab 4 Mission. The watch is a single register chronograph. It has a 30 minute counter, no continuous seconds and a quickset day/date window.
The Seiko Pogue 6139, was the first automatic chronograph watch in serial production, in 1969. It’s initial retail release to market in Japan, beat both Zenith, with the El Premiero, as well as the collaboration of Heuer, Breitling and Hamilton’s later release of their own automatic chronograph timepieces. It also bears the distinction of being the first automatic chronograph in space, thanks to Col. Pogue and his unauthorized use of his personal watch, the Speed-Timer, during the NASA Skylab4 Mission in 1973.
The Seiko Pogue 6139 is a 40mm stainless steel screw back case. It has a fixed, tachymeter “Pepsi” colored bezel, bright yellow sunburst dial, bi-directional rotating inner bezel ring (originally yellow, but has faded to white over time), day-date windows at the 3 o’ clock position, and stainless steel “H-link” bracelet.
This Seiko Pogue 6139 is in good condition. The case and case back have some wear and marks, which are visible in the photos. The bezel also shows wear. The case back Seiko logo, water resistant and model number markings are all still visible. The inner bezel ring has faded to a desirable white color over time from it’s original yellow. The crystal is in good condition.