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Old 02-12-2020, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default My 1969 6139-6000 Story and Unboxing

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In the spirit of some of the recent unboxings, I’m going to tell the whole story on my recent acquisition of a 1969 6139-6000 JDM Proof Blue Dial. I never “met” Thomas, but maybe this will be close to what he did in the past. No promises here… your mileage may vary and objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.

So, I do most of my watch hunting on my iPhone. I have several “bots” running on our favorite auction site (OFAS) and I get pings when certain key words are put together. I also follow some sellers in Japan. So, I’m notified when 6139, 6138, Speedtimer, proof, etc. show up. Now this isn’t unusual, lots of folks here do that. But this happened just post-Christmas and I’m trying to ignore these because we spent WAY too much on Christmas and I already have too many watch projects going on (three at that time). By the way, I have a terrific wife who pokes fun at me some with this hobby and tolerates me buying another watch way too well. But I was restoring and racing sports cars when we met and after we got married for a bit, so this hobby is extremely tame compared to that.

Anyway, against my better judgement I still look at these when they pop up instead of putting a hold on them.

I digressed a bit here, but this story begins with me on… well… as my wife would say – the potty.

Yes! So, I’m sitting there in the middle of the day on a Saturday and scrolling through some emails from OFAS. I see the usual stuff from my preferred sellers, also the frankens coming in from Asia (via the usual UK sellers) and the tortured orphans from Venezuela. Then I click on a link that just popped up that mentions “proof” and I see the first picture below.



Huh??? Wait… is this real??? My highly trained (and distracted) engineering mind goes into “hyper-active” speed. Zooooooooooom in on the iPhone, yes, the outer ring is correct. The case is correct. The dial looks awesome under the scratched crystal. The inner chapter ring is nice and dark still. The two-piece sweep is right. The crown is right. The caseback shows April of 1969. The seller is in Japan and has great ratings – awesome. There are no movement pictures, however. I go back and forth on the iPhone looking at other pictures of correct watches to make sure I’m seeing everything. Zoom in, zoom out, swipe. Zoom in, zoom out, swipe – repeat.

The text with the sale states that they also have a retail store and sometimes they sell their merchandise there and have to cancel OFAS sales if it is sold there first. There is no auction, just a very reasonable BIN amount.

Ok, breathe Tod… Breathe. I’m on “the potty” and the adrenal glands are starting to go off. My palms are starting to sweat. My butt is beginning to numb – I can’t feel the top of my legs anymore.

My brain now goes into “ludicrous speed”. I’ve been watching auctions for this watch for a long time. It’s near the top of my list of still obtainable but highly desirable 6139s.

Now, I have learned my lesson to never buy a watch on OFAS unless I really scrutinize the pictures of it on a large computer screen. The iPhone screen is just not enough for me to really dig into the details. But I can feel the endorphins seer my brain as I stare at this watch thinking that a dozen (maybe a million!) other someones are doing the exact same thing. Is this watch going to disappear in the next 5 mins? Normally I insist on getting a movement picture, but in the time to get that all done this watch may be long gone.

What do I do?!?!? Do I get yet another watch right now? This is so stupid. What if I’m missing something? Every second that expires leads my brain to frantically fill in decision-making options with sub-optimal solutions.

Oh, now I can’t feel my knees…

So, I stare at the OFAS BIN button. PayPal is right there. Do I push it??? DO I PUSH IT!?!?! I can’t feel my feet anymore!!!!

Click! Done…

It came in on Monday. 😊 Here is the unboxing. I have also regained full mobility of my lower body.
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File Type: jpg 6139 JDM Seller Note.jpg (341.1 KB, 54 views)
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File Type: jpg 6139 macro dial_2.jpg (348.5 KB, 51 views)
File Type: jpg 6139 macro dial.jpg (309.2 KB, 44 views)
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beautiful! Great score
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Thanks! I forgot the Timegrapher picture. Only issue is the calendar function isn't completely working and the chronograph isn't running. I think the levers that are initiated by the pushers are stuck.
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Looks to be a great pick up, i'm envious

ps: I hope you recovered feeling in the nether regions
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Wow nice catch! Congratulations! Apologies for this noob question, is OFAS ebay? That personal handwritten letter is awesome as well. Looking forward to see this piece after the spa service
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Nice score for sure and should be even better when you're done getting it sorted. This model has been on my radar for a while. Enjoy that one
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Personally, I’m glad you chose not to insist upon a “movement” picture . . .
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Looks like a very nice acquisition Tod!
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With a little work it is going to be an amazing piece for your collection.
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Wow she is an early example with the matte hands and the early 2-pc seconds hand and the early TAD dial.

Major score !
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That’s a really cool early piece! Congratulations


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Great story and Fantastic Pickup. Better to Hit it than Regret It and it looks like you got a Real Beauty Very Rare to find an Early 6000 SpeedTimer. Does your 6000 have the early 6139A movement? Which bracelet would this model originally come with?

Congratulations on a Great Score and Beautiful Watch
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Great story and Fantastic Pickup. Better to Hit it than Regret It and it looks like you got a Real Beauty Very Rare to find an Early 6000 SpeedTimer. Does your 6000 have the early 6139A movement? Which bracelet would this model originally come with?



Congratulations on a Great Score and Beautiful Watch


Oh yes, thanks! And I forgot to post the “movement”pics (ha! - not that movement...). When I opened up the back I was greeted with a shiny movement with almost no brassing on the winding bridge. The main spring barrel does have some movement so it will need the extra jewel. This has the early A movement with the red text.



This watch would have come with the Seiko 5 Speedtimer bracelet. I am looking at one now from a member here to make it complete.


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Wow nice catch! Congratulations! Apologies for this noob question, is OFAS ebay? That personal handwritten letter is awesome as well. Looking forward to see this piece after the spa service


Yes it sure is. No worries, it’s a love/hate relationship.


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that is a special little watch, especially with that date code. Congrats on a nice pick-up Tod. looking forward to seeing it one back to life.
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Oh yes, thanks! And I forgot to post the “movement”pics (ha! - not that movement...). When I opened up the back I was greeted with a shiny movement with almost no brassing on the winding bridge. The main spring barrel does have some movement so it will need the extra jewel. This has the early A movement with the red text.

Thanks for the movement photos. 6139A looks in Great Shape. Fantastic Find!
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That was an incredibly entertaining write up and read!!! And the watch isn't too bad either! Nice score!!!
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That was an incredibly entertaining write up and read!!! And the watch isn't too bad either! Nice score!!!


Thanks! I have to confess that I like writing stories like this. See: https://www.amazon.com/Billy-Bee-Ang...1594835&sr=8-2



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Lovely example! Congratulations!
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