Yes, Zenith El Primero and the Swiss company joint force Caliber 11 are the first to come to watch geek's mind when talked about automatic chronograph, however, it is Seiko that actually launched the first automatic chronograph movement 6139 and made it available in the market in May 1969.
With this 6138 movement, Seiko has taken one step further in the automatic chronograph movement by fitting an hour counter sub-dial in the movement. With this new feature added to the movement, the user of the watch can time accurately beyond 1 hour and for hours within a day.
Seiko movements are known to be durable and tough, so tough that it has been taken into space by astronaut Colonel William Pogue in his 1973 space mission. Pogue took the bigger brother of the 6138 the Seiko 6139 as a personal item during his space mission and the watch survived the mission without a single problem.
The Seiko UFO
There are a number of special 6138 case reference, this particular one 6138-0019 Yachtman aka "Seiko UFO" gains its name by its case shape like flying saucer where the watch case is using a no lug design and the pushers and crown all designed to be well proportional with the case shape. The watch was fitted with a black dial with silver sunburst sub dial on top. To give the watch an easy time measure reading, the chronograph marker on the sub dial is highlighted using the orange marker for easy reading and added the modern feeling to the watch. A red highlighting inner ring was added to the techymeter bezel of the watch to make it absolutely stunning to look at. The Seiko UFO with its almost 50 years of history has been nicely preserved. The lume of the watch was aged to amazing patina yellow.
The condition of the watch is amazing with its all original parts. With the hype of panda dial Seiko 6138 keeps rising every day , it's time for us to find truly unique hidden treasure from the market and looking beyond the hype.
To unleash its full sporty potential, we recommend to pair the Seiko UFO with a NATO strap. Next is to enjoy!