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BIRTHDAY WATCH IS A WATCH THAT WAS PRODUCED THE SAME MONTH AND YEAR AS SOMEONE'S BIRTHDAY.
Model: Sports 5 Speed-Timer
Year of Production: November 1970
Number of Jewels: 21
Hand and Dial: 3D Baton Indices and Hands
Lug to Lug Height: 43mm
Lug Width: 19mm
Bracelet: After-Market Seiko 5 Sports Super Engineer Signed SS Bracelet
Pouch / Box: Brand-New EVA Type Zipper Pouch
To fully understand her history, kindly read-on!
"Today, self-winding (or automatic) chronographs are quite common. Omega created a prototype of one back in 1948 but later abandoned their production plans. Over 20 years later, two companies and one collaboration would finally make it to series production: Seiko, Zenith, and a joint venture between Heuer, Breitling, and Hamilton. These manufacturers all introduced and launched their automatic chronograph movements in 1969, and this watch style would quickly become very popular throughout the industry.
"Of the three calibres, the Seiko 6139 has had the greatest influence on future generations despite being the least well known. This movement centers on its vertical clutch and compact automatic rotor, a design many manufacturers have imitated since the 1980s. In fact, Frederic Piguet turned to the 6139 when crafting their legendary caliber 1185, which some call the “grandfather of the modern automatic chronograph.” Considering how many automatic chronographs the 1185 has inspired, there’s no denying the 6139’s influential role
"In 1969, Suwa Seikosha put the final touches on the caliber 6139, complete with a Magic Lever and vertical clutch system. On May 21, 1969, Seiko officially debuted the movement under the name “61 Speed-Timer.” However, the caliber had already begun appearing in watches as early as January of the same year; you can still find examples from those early months today. Seiko published the first advertisement for their new automatic chronograph in February 1969. Both the company and Ohki were unaware that the 61 Speed-Timer was the world’s first automatic chronograph movement. At the time, Seiko was busy planning the release of the quartz Astron later that same year." - The Chrono24 Magazine.
Thus, the Seiko 6139 can be considered the great-grandfather of the modern automatic chronograph timepiece!
The Seiko 6138 and 6139 movements were specifically designed for their newly developed watch range ~ the Chronograph that took the world by storm.
The 6139 is the world’s first automatic chronograph that uses a column wheel and vertical clutch. The 6138 followed shortly afterwards. Both were nicknamed “61 Sports Speed Timers” even though certain models did not indicate these wordings.
Both movements were developed in 1969 for different tasks. The 6138 was developed on the 6139 platform but with the intention of having an added chronograph hand to measure elapsed hours; and it also included the column wheel and vertical clutch for more precise stopwatch measurement. But, unlike the 6139 that only has one sub minutes dial, the 6138 comes with two ~ a 30-minute counter and a 12-hour counter.
Here we have the 6139B-6031 affectionately known as "Coke" or "Black Pogue." There are many variations of the 6139 but one of the rarest is this 6031 "Water 70 Proof" AKA "PROOF."
For Seiko Collectors and Vintage fans, this is a Seiko 5 61-SPEEDTIMER SUWA-6139B-6031 "PROOF" in stunning condition.
A deep cleaning was conducted on this seldom seen November 1970 Seiko midnight black main dial, silver mini-dial, black day/date window, chapter ring, 3D-styled white baton indices and hands, and mini-dial hand as well. They are now in stupendous condition that is extremely pleasing to the eye.
Its cylindrical shaped silver case with built-in lugs was cleaned via ultrasonic immersion and a good buff soon followed to reveal a fantastic finish albeit a few minor scratches that comes with age. The crystal is original and is laced with miniscule scratches that are unnoticeable unless at certain angles due to the black dial.
The entire watch will be given another good buff prior to handing over to the Buyer.
The crown is located at the traditional 2H, 3H and 4H positions and are nicely tucked away to prevent damage or snags. The day / date and hands quickset works flawlessly by pushing in the 3H crown to the first and second levels to adjust accordingly. Crown 2H is for the chronograph start/stop and the 4H is for the reset of mini-dial and main second hands. All are working flawlessly.
The Day is in English and Arabic, cool!
The movement was carefully stripped and meticulously cleaned via ultrasonic immersion, oiled, re-assembled, and calibrated on 8 November 2023. In short, it was given an overhaul and not a general servicing. It should be able to operate unhindered for the next 5 to 10 years thereby giving the owner peace of mind.
Equipped with the highly prized 6139B movement, it has 21 Jewels and operate at 21,600 beats per hour (BPH) giving it excellent accuracy and longevity. The time-grapher, after 60 hours of calibration, shows stunning readings i.e. rate of 0 seconds every 24 hours and amplitude of 215 with a very straight and centered line! Such readings are truly exceptional even by brand new modern automatic watch standards whereby the accepted tolerance is -20 to +40 seconds a day! This is a testament to the quality, excellent power reserve and longevity for such a vintage timepiece, and of course the meticulous care provided over the years, and expert calibration.
The case width and height are approximately 42mm (without crown) and 43mm respectively. The lug width is 19mm and the bracelet can accommodate wrists up to 21.0cm; hence, this watch is suitable for men and the modern women.
The After-Market Seiko Super Engineer Bracelet is vintage designed that was commonly found on the 6139s that is no longer in production. It is still wrapped in plastic film to prevent scratches.
To the best of our knowledge and expertise when overhauling the timepiece, the watch is 100% original Seiko components from this particular watch. No parts were replaced with aftermarket parts regardless its age of 53 years.
Due to its age, this timepiece has not been water-resistant tested.
The pictures provided show the watch in stunning condition, and the movement within squeaky clean and well maintained. It has also been demagnetised to improve parts reliability, minimise wear & tear, and improve accuracy. The only drawback is the lack of documentation and original box. An aftermarket box or purposeful carrying case will be provided instead.
Bear in mind that this watch has seen many of the previous owners’ ups and downs in life, and should be cherished and preserved for the next generation to savour such engineering beauty.
Yes, there are many other same / similar models in the market, BUT none as beautifully aged and as well maintained as what you see here. Hence, it is a no-brainer that this one-of-a-kind watch will make an extremely beautiful birthday present for that special someone born in November 1970! Another no-brainer is the fact that the value of this watch will appreciate over time.
Do also bear in mind that it will cost between S$ 300.00 to S$ 500.00 for a proper overhaul, an estimated S$ 120.00 to calibrate (depending on watch condition), and S$ 120.00 to clean and polish including tightening of bracelet links - these costs do not apply when purchasing this timepiece. So, if anyone was to sell such a timepiece at a low price yet claim that it has been serviced, one has to ask what kind of servicing was conducted, if any.
This is a highly sort-after Seiko 5 6139-6031 "Proof" AKA "Coke," "Black Pogue" Speedtimer; so, be unique and wear something that is almost impossible to source.
This is a must-have for the Seiko die-hard fan, and in fact, any serious watch collector!