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Seiko 6139 was the first automatic chronograph in the world, released by the Japanese watch firm in 1969. Over the decade that followed its introduction, plenty of different designs were offered to the public, some of them famous (read: Pogue), others not so much but definitely deserving collectors’ attention. In this article, we’re showcasing all the different models in the 6139 family.



Is there a more recognizable Soviet watch? The Raketa Big Zero is a must-have in every collection of watches made in the USSR. Thankfully, they are widely available, but they are also heavily faked. In our reference guide, we go in-depth into the history, features and design of the Raketa Big Zero.



Seiko “Kakume” or “Square Eyes”, powered by the revered chronograph movement #6138, encompasses the seventies look & feel that make watches from that era so successful today. Square sub-dials, sporty look and undeniable wrist presence: if you want to own one of these, our collector’s guide will help you choose.



Poljot represents the birth of the Soviet watch industry. Ironically, unlike other big factories such as Raketa and Vostok, it didn’t manage to survive the new economy. In this article, we go into detail about the history of Poljot watches with a focus on their beautiful vintage chronographs.



The Japanese giant watchmaker created some of its best watches in the 70’s. Among these, vintage chronographs powered by famous movements 6138 and 6139 hold a special place. In this article, we present you the whole range of watches powered by 6138. Get ready to salivate!



A Soviet watch sporting an American flag is rather unusual. Even shocking. Was the “Desert Shield” series made for Pentagon as some of the sellers claim? How to recognize the original watches? We prepared this guide to debunk some myths around this model and to help you purchase one with confidence.



One of the most famous vintage chronographs by Seiko, the UFO – also known as the Yachtman – has a rich history and multiple media appearances. Everybody wants one for their collection, and the market is unfortunately flooded with aftermarket parts. Our guide will help you find the right one.



One of the most recognizable Soviet watches from the 80’s, the Raketa Worldtimer or Goroda, is a jewel in any collection – provided that you can find one in good condition. In this article, we give you some advice on buying one of these beauties.

Brand Overviews

Elgin Vintage Watches

Elgin Vintage Watches

When it comes to American watchmakers, few names can boast the kind of renown associated with the Elgin Watch Company. This brand got its start…

Roamer Vintage Watches

Roamer Vintage Watches

There’s something endearing about the story of a mom-and-pop business rising to international acclaim, especially when that business was dedicated to quality craftsmanship—even when that…

Universal Genève Vintage Watches

Universal Genève

Switzerland is famous for many things, foremost among them chocolate and cheese—but there’s a whole lot more to the story than fondue. Switzerland’s location has…

Raketa Vintage Watches Guide

Raketa Watches

If you read at least one article about vintage Soviet watches, you’re definitely familiar with Raketa. One of the most popular brands, produced in millions…

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How to Demagnetize a Watch

How to demagnetize a watch

Choosing the right watch for the occasion has always been important. If you’re going to a fancy dinner, or you’re going diving, or you’re going…

How to Extend a Vintage Watch Bracelet?

How to extend a vintage watch bracelet?

I regularly buy vintage Seiko and Citizen watches on Japanese marketplaces. Most of the time, the seller doesn’t have the box & the documents. That’s…

Genesis of the First Self-Winding Watch

Harwood watch - changing time

This article, written by Mikhail, is devoted to the history of the first mass-produced self-winding mechanical watches. Disclaimer 1. This work is a compilation of…