Affordable Vintage Chronograph Watches : Citizen 8110 and Seiko 6139 Helmet

When it comes to vintage watches, the automatic chronographs watches are a thing of beauty I must say. One of my favorite vintage watch model is the Citizen 8110 Green Chronograph automatic watch was launched back in the early seventies.

Left: 20mm MiLTAT WW2 2-piece Light Grey Camouflage Nylon Watch Band with lockstitch round hole, Brushed
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Right: 18mm G10 Military Watch Band Nylon Strap, Military Green, Polished, 260mm
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The Citizen 8110 operated at 28,800 BPH and had a power reserve of 40 hours. It had 23 jewels, and had a 30 minute counter and a 12 hour counter. It had a central sweeping hands, with no constant seconds.It does not hack, but it has a lovely fly back function which allows the user to immediately re-start the timing process without having to first stop and reset the chronograph. The movement can be hand wound and comes with the column wheel vertical clutch system introduced 4 years prior by Seiko.

 20mm MiLTAT Rally Racing Dark Grey Nubuck Watch Strap, Brown Stitching
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Another popular vintage automatic chronograph timepiece that I absolutely adore and think its worth mentioning would be the Seiko 6139 HELMET models. Of all the watch brands that are in the market, Seiko is perhaps the only watch brand that is confident to claim that they have watches that are designed, priced, targeted, from the entry level Seiko 5 Sports models to the most luxurious Grand Seiko every watch category without being second guessed.

Left: 22mm Solid End Massy Mesh Band Stainless Steel Watch Bracelet, V-Clasp, Brushed
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Right: 18mm Classic Vintage Knitted Superfine Wire Mesh Band, Polished
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The Seiko 6139 have several nicknames, where the two common ones are affectionately known as the “Helmet” or “ Darth Vader” thanks to its large, deep case and steeply angled lugs. The case is in great shape, with correct finishes all around including a delicate radial brushing on the base of the case, and a high-polished bezel – little details that are often lost in the hands of a careless owner or watchmaker.

22mm Solid End Massy Mesh Band Stainless Steel Watch Bracelet, V-Clasp, Brushed
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The dark dial features bold contrasting chronograph hands and a quick-setting day/date display with English/Arabic day wheel at 3:00.

 18mm G10 Nato James Bond Heavy Nylon Strap PVD Black Buckle – J03 Double Black & Red
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Both the Citizen 8110 Green Chronograph automatic watch & the Seiko 6139 HELMET model watches are highly recommended if you are looking for reasonably priced Japanese automatic chronograph models watches to add to your watch collection.

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Written by Samthe

Photo by Toni

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