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This is a review of the variations found in the 6139-600X series of watches. Hopefully this will add to the other reviews already posted and answer some questions you may have about the different variations available. I'm no expert and may leave some information out or be incorrect about my observations so please bear with me. I've compiled this information over the last year and some if it is based on my own personal observations as a collector. Before we get started I'd like to give thanks to three kind hearted individuals, Ken Setser, Lew Brown, and Jonathan aka Swedefreak for their patience with all my many questions over the last year, their help with bringing several of my watches back to life and for tools and tips for doing the basics myself. I'm sure I might have left several others out but my thanks goes out to them too. Without this forum and the SCWF I could'nt have learned all I have in the last year. My watch is off to all those with helpful hints, tips, and knowlege who frequent these forums to help others out with this hobby!


Model Numbers
Lets start off with the various model numbers. 6139-600X models have basically four different possibilities that I'm aware of. 6139-6005 + 6139-6009 are USA models while 6139-6000 + 6139-6002 are non-USA models. They are all basically the same watch with a blue + red non rotating outer tachometer bezel and a yellow or black rotating inner bezel with 0 to 60 minute time increments. Any other color inner bezel other then the two mentioned have been faded by UV rays.
In order: 6139-6000, 6139-6002, and 6139-6005. {6139-6009 photo not my in database}


Case Variations
Next up is the case. There are two style of cases. The first is the early case with a notch cut out above the crown. This case was used in the first year of production which was 1969 through early 1970. Sometime in 1970 this notch was eliminated and through the end of production which I believe was 1978 all the cases are the same.
March 1970 notched case


1971 case without notch




Dials + Case backs
The most popular sunburst dials come in three different colors. Yellow, blue, and silver. I'm not sure the silver dial version was truly a Seiko option or a dial switched from another watch in the 6139 series as I have yet to see any 6139-600X silver dial versions in any Seiko Catalogs. If anyone is aware of a silver dial 6139-600X in a Seiko catalog please bring it to my attention. Out of the three different colors their are two if not three different variations of each color. I have yet to see a silver "proof" dial although I believe one exists. The early dial used in the first year of production reads Water70mProof centered on the left side of the dial at the 9 o'clock position. These watches also read water proof on the case back. From what I can tell the "Proof" watches were in production until February 1970 according to the watch in the photo below. In March of 1970 the script changed to read Water70mResist along with the case back according to two of the watches in my collection. The last dial had no script at all in the 9 o'clock position of the dial but water resistant remained on the case back. I'm not sure of the exact date this dial went into production but I believe it was in late 1972 or early 1973.
Proof dial from 1970


Resist dial from 1971


Plain dial from 1973




Bracelets

The 6139-600x series of watches had three different styles of bracelets. The straight oyster, the tapered oyster, or the stelux president style. From what I can gather the straight oyster was used from 1969 up until about 1975 at which time they redesigned it to taper out where it meets the lugs of the watch case. The tapered oyster bracelet was used from 1975 until the end of production. I don't have any dates concerning the stelux president style bracelet.
Straight and tapered oyster side by side.


Stelux president style.


Straight oyster.


Tapered oyster


Unanswered questions:
Does anyone know what year and month 6139-600X dials switched from Resist dials to plain dials?
Does anyone know if a 6139-600X Silver "proof" dial exists? Although I beleive they do I have yet to see one.
Does any one have a catalog photo of a 6139-600X silver dial?
Does anyone know the exact month and year the oyster bracelet switched from the straight design to the tapered design?
Does anyone have any dates concerning the stelux president style bracelet?


Links with additional information submitted by other members of this forum and the SCWF
Water proof verses water resistant:
http://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=209700
Seiko 6139 catalog:
http://forums.watchuseek.com/showthr...ght=seiko+6139
Buyer's guide:
http://www.larrybiggs.net/scwf/index.php?mod=103&action=1&id=1140376570
 

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Finally have an answer to one of my unanswered questions. A 6139-600X Proof - Proof with the early notched case does exist!
 

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Hi
I think I almost understand EXCEPT My Silver Wtr/70/rest Dial #6030-T is from a Nov 1970= 6139-6001 Not Notched This inner Ring looks Black and Roman #s
The Two Proof/Proof- Notched Cases are Both 6139-6000 Jan 1970 and March-1970 All of the above are Dial #s 6030T The Jan-1970 is Chinese kanji the March-1970 is Spanish

I have a =BLACK -NOS Speed Timer Dial w/ Red/Orange Color The Dial #s 6050-T Dial #s 60009-T===Wtr-70-Rest
6009-R====Plain
Yellow Dial-Wtr-70-Rest From June-1971 Dial # 6009-T-6139-6005-Spanish 6030-T Wtr-70-Rest and Plain??
6030-T Proof/Proof
Yellow Dial Wtr-70-Rest from Oct-1976 is Dial# 6030-T is --Spanish


Yellow Dial Plain From March-1976- Dial# 6009-R--Spanish-6139-6005


Yellow Dial-Plain- From - March-1974 Dial#6030-T--6139-6002-Portuguese Day Wheel


Blue Dial-Plain from Feb-1973 Dial# 6009-T 6139-6005==Spanish


Blue Wtr-70-Rest From Oct-1970 Dial#6030-T 6139-60001-Spanish


I guess I am trying to understand It seems there are very Few 6139-6001 ?? Are all Proof 6139-6000?? Blue? and are all Proof Notched cases? and What are The Dial #s Used For?
I thought maybe one # is Wtr-70-Rest I see same # Plane also?
Any way I wanted to Just add the few things I see, and I totally Agree with the Blue Dials that Look Black LOL I have one 60/40% Black &Blue and One I would Swear is Black?


Last as far as I am concerned the Inner Ring on Both the Blue Proof Dials is BLACK as w/ the Silver Dial=Black


Thank you all for helping to bring Clarity to most Issues
 

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Hello.

Phenomenal information. I have one of these watches. I believe it is the one that you don't have pictured. 6139-6009.

However, mine looks a bit different. The dial is yellow(Gold) and has one chrono dial at the 6 position (I believe seconds). It has the rotating yellow inner bezel and the blue and red outer bezel. No notch for the crown. It has a straight oyster band. I don't have the proof or resistant words at the 9 position. Also, it only says "Seiko" "Automatic" just below the 12 position. It does not say "Chronograph".

Very small on the dial it says "Japan 6139" between 7 and 8 and "-6009T" between 4 and 5. However, on the back it says "Stainless Steel 6139-6005 Water Resistant" "357619 Japan J".

The watch was my fathers so I don't know much more about it than what I could gather from your post. I'm just wondering if there was crossover with the 6005 and 6009 since the front and back don't match up. I'm not sure if he replaced the back as some point. Does the serial number indicate the mfr year? I guess that would be incorrect though if it were a replacement. Does the "T" in 6009T stand for anything specific? When was this watch sold in the US?

I appreciate any further information you have on this watch.
 

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Thanks for the comprehensive info, I have a 6002, the 6005 is looking really good! Never saw one in my part of the world
 

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Any blue proof 6139 dials with gray inner bezel rings?

Found this variation and would consider getting it IF, big if, it is original. The gray inner bezel just looks like an aftermarket or afterthought combo.

Any comments or ideas? Thanks.
 

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Quote:Very small on the dial it says "Japan 6139" between 7 and 8 and "-6009T" between 4 and 5. However, on the back it says "Stainless Steel 6139-6005 Water Resistant" "357619 Japan J".

31YRL8R-According to your movement number and serial your watch dates to May of 1973
 

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Thanks guys! I'm working on an updated version and hopefully I'll have time to finish it in the near future.

Tom
 

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Are there blue "Sunburst" and "non-Sunburst" dials? The blue dial in your post looks rather "non-Sunburst"-y, as do my two 6002s.

But there are (lighter colored) blue sunburst dials about, I've seen some online.
 

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Are there blue "Sunburst" and "non-Sunburst" dials? The blue dial in your post looks rather "non-Sunburst"-y, as do my two 6002s.

But there are (lighter colored) blue sunburst dials about, I've seen some online.
Original 6139-600X's don't use a Blue Sunburst dial. The 6139-601X model does use a Blue Sunburst dial.
 

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Thanks, SeikoPsycho2.

General info for 31YRL8R: My dark blue 3-line blank dial says 6139-6030R, my dark blue 3-line "resist" dial says 6139-6030T

Both watches are from september 1971 according to their serial numbers. Which might also be an answer to one of your unanswered questions: When did the text on the dial switch from "resist" to blank.
 

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Thanks, SeikoPsycho2.

General info for 31YRL8R: My dark blue 3-line blank dial says 6139-6030R, my dark blue 3-line "resist" dial says 6139-6030T

Both watches are from september 1971 according to their serial numbers. Which might also be an answer to one of your unanswered questions: When did the text on the dial switch from "resist" to blank.
I have a blue resist from December 71 and one from February 72, also resist.

Rob
 

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Thanks, SeikoPsycho2.

General info for 31YRL8R: My dark blue 3-line blank dial says 6139-6030R, my dark blue 3-line "resist" dial says 6139-6030T

Both watches are from september 1971 according to their serial numbers. Which might also be an answer to one of your unanswered questions: When did the text on the dial switch from "resist" to blank.
From what I've been able to gather the switch took place in early to mid 72'
 

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Hey guys, I'm new to this site but am involved in other watch forums. I am trying to research more about the 6139-6001 that I have. It was my fathers and was unopened until I got it a few years back and had it serviced/crystal replaced due to scratches. It is a silver dial example that came on the Stelux President style bracelet and has yellow chrono hands which I haven't been able to find anywhere that I've looked. It does not have the 17J or 21J marking over the 6 o'clock dial as I have seen with others. Serial # 116545 (January 1971?). Can anyone shed some light on this? Thank you

Brian
 

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well this site is one of the best for honest answers...the truth is always best...well you can always make it right again
 
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