Seiko 'Bullhead' Automatic Chronograph 6138-0049 (1975)


Brand: Seiko

Model: "Bullhead" Automatic Chronograph ref. 6138-0049 (Brown Dial) circa February of 1975; Made in Japan

Case: Solid stainless steel case with screw-down back is approximately 43.7mm excluding the original unsigned winding crown and pushers

Bracelet: Original vintage Seiko "Fishbone" stainless steel linked bracelet with signed fold-over clasp; full length bracelet will fit wrist sizes up to approximately 7.5"

Movement: Seiko cal. 6138B self-winding automatic chronograph (21 jewels) with quick-set day (two languages - English/Spanish) and quick-set date; 21,600 BPH; Japan

Features: Stunning original brown dial with white "SEIKO" logo and brushed gold sub-registers; matching day-date display at 6 o'clock with red "Sunday" text (can choose between English or Spanish days of the week); chronograph minute totalizer at 3 o'clock; 12-hour totalizer at 9 o'clock; original luminous hour and minute hands; original chronograph register hands; unpolished stainless steel case with beautiful brown tachymeter bezel and new tempered mineral glass crystal; desirable original Seiko "Fishbone" bracelet; in-house Seiko 6138 column-wheel chronograph movement

Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and use; sharp solid stainless steel case is unpolished with the original finishes throughout; crisp screw-down caseback remains clearly legible; vibrant original brown dial is flawless with all luminous material in tact and matching; excellent original hands with matching lume; new tempered mineral glass crystal; very nice unpolished original Seiko "Fishbone" bracelet matches the overall condition of the watch

Other: This vintage Seiko "Bullhead" is the definition of cool - How did Seiko pack so many features into one watch while retaining such a balanced and appealing design aesthetic? We love the brown dial and tachymeter bezel! The quick-set day of the week can be displayed in English or Spanish, and Sunday is shown in red. Seiko opted for a yellow chronograph seconds hand on this model for increased legibility and it all just works so well. This particular "Bullhead" comes straight from the family of the original owner in superb original condition on its desirable original Seiko "Fishbone" bracelet. It is ready to wear trackside or pair with your vintage Japanese sports car. It wears smaller than its stated size given that the crown and pushers are on top of the case. Brad Pitt's character actually wore a similar vintage "Bullhead" chronograph from Citizen in the recent movie, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood - It's worth seeing if you haven't already!

For peace of mind, the case was completely disassembled and ultrasonically cleaned by our watchmaker with a new crystal and fresh gaskets installed at that time. The in-house 6138 movement has manual-winding capability (unlike the 6139), but also features a smooth column-wheel and vertical-clutch engagement system. 

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