Seiko or Feiko, please post your inquiries here. Mar 31, 2020 9:49:36 GMT -8
Post by suntzu on Mar 31, 2020 9:49:36 GMT -8
CLEAN WORKING 6139 6001
I'm not looking to buy this one, but I want to learn more how to identify good and bad features on a vintage.
For me, I think the case back matches the dial. Obviously some of the indices were replaced or relumed, but not all for whatever reason. The rotating bezel also looks pretty bright for the age - is it a/m? Lastly - are the chronograph hands right? I've seen a couple different ways of exactly how the chrono hands connect to the face, but it may be based on age or different variations.
Thoughts? What am I not identifying?
You have hit all the right questions! Good detective work.
Appears original to me too, except maybe the inner chapter ring like you said; good question.
Case is heavily polished, a turd. Proper case back, but case maybe should be notched I believe for a Proof. But it is from July 1970 so maybe the factory had no more notched cases as they were transitioning into non-notched cases but still had Proof case backs? So maybe not a correct case for a Proof dial but still possible to be correct based on serial number dating. OR maybe the 6139-6001's didn't come with notched cases even with the Proof dial? My opinion, not an expert.
Proper hands/chrono set for a Proof dial. Don't know why the dial has mint lume at 2 and 4 o'clock. Maybe it was redone? Given the gunk on the lume of hands and dial and little flaking on the sub-dial leads me to believe they are original.
This is a great piece to help decipher what is legit, what possibly isn't if anything, and what might be legit but possibly cobbled together from multiple 6139's.
This is just my opinion! I could be wrong. If I were looking to purchase one (I know you're not) it would be a hard pass unless it was so cheap that I could use the movement, bezel, bezel insert, bracelet, and the chrono hand as they seem hard to come by. I know I need one badly!