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    Help with watch identification - vintage chrono?

    Apologies for the atrocious photo, which is a photo of photo. Can anyone identify this watch? There are no sub-dials, but it appears to be a vintage chrono. It has the two pushers and right bezel. Thanks, all.
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    Seiko 6139. I think there is a sub-dial at the bottom, which is why you see no 6 o'clock marker.
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    Re: Help with watch identification - vintage chrono?

    Looks like a Seiko 6139-6002/05 fitted with an aftermarket beads of rice bracelet.

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    Re: Help with watch identification - vintage chrono?

    You guys nailed it. Thanks. I might have the opportunity to grab it. I see these retail between $150 and $300. I probably won't pay more than $150 given that the bracelet is aftermarket and provided all of its functions are working.

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    Re: Help with watch identification - vintage chrono?

    Here is the Seiko 6139 chrono. I balked at the price tag of $400 considering the bracelet is aftermarket. For an estate sale, that is high by my standards. Apparently, someone else bought it later. Maybe another time.
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    Re: Help with watch identification - vintage chrono?

    That's not your average 6139... notched case at crown, proof dial...Probably manufactured in 1969 - one of the very first automatic chronographs Seiko produced..They command a premium...judging by the photos it looks in good condition...
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    Yes, my quick research revealed the same. I guess I didn't want it badly enough at $400. My view of estate sales is that watches should be priced to sell, though kudos to the estate sale rep who did his research and got full price! I contrast this experience with buying a 1968 Cal 565 Omega Geneve for $15 at an estate sale.

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    Re: Help with watch identification - vintage chrono?

    Yes you win some and you lose some. I would not have paid $400 for it ether, it is a early one that might be worth the $400 but there are so many out there that you can get a good one for cheaper.

    Of course back in April I got a Seiko 6139 for $2.99 plus tax at the local thrift store. It looked great and worked fine but I handed it off to my watchmaker for a service and new seals(case back, crown and pushers) and $350 later it is back so I got a perfectly working Seiko 6139 for under $360. The crystal was kept(this watchmaker knows how to polish mineral crystals) original. I will need to take current pictures of it(aka the after watchmaker pics) but here are some pics of it after being bought and the posting of it

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