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#TBT The Seiko Bullhead 6138-0040 ChronographToday, on #TBT, we'll take a look at probably the most popular vintage chronographs: the Seiko Bullhead 6138-0040. While it's a watch I find it hard to wear regularly - on that later - it has undeniable charm due to the unorthodoxy. We'll take a close look at the watch watches , its odd design, as well as its great build quality. First, though, let's talk just a little about "Bullheads" normally.The Seiko Bullhead Body on the CrowdI'm not breaking any new ground throughout explaining that your Bullhead chronograph gets its name with the orientation of the company's crown and pushers. Notably, the controls sit atop the watch instead of the more customary right side from the watch. Apparently, the explanation with this placement is always to avoid accidental engagement of the pushers. Also, a Bullhead may seem to ape the normal look of a dash-mounted timer, therefore it is likely these atypical chronographs are intended to use in motorsports. Inside the late 1960's into the mid-1970's, things were clearly becoming more progressive as well as in alignment using a global craze for all those things motorsport, i felt like a perfect time to develop a new style of watch. Therefore, in roughly 1973, the Seiko Bullhead came to be - however time, Seiko wasn't the primary from the gate.Omega, as shown through a good Bullhead overview by Blaise, was first out from the gate in 1969 featuring its now-famous 146.011. Other brands followed and Seiko's largest at-home competitor, Citizen, made some of the most notable examples. Bulova jumped in with a wild blue "and grey-cased version and Breitling entered the fray featuring its enormous "Pupitre". On the last model, Breitling clearly thought so highly than it that the brand initially released it having a manual wind movement and evolved the watch in order to fit the legendary Calibre 11 automatic. But as a result the diversion, we're here to debate the Seiko Bullhead.Several Seiko Bullhead VariantsThe Seiko Bullhead was produced, principally, by 50 % dial variants. The black/blue version seen here appeared alongside a brown/gold edition. Both models were sold until 1979, which were the last year of production for that automatic chronograph movement, the 6138. Per some really great posts on the SCWF as well as the Spring Bar, it appears the black-dialed edition was merely stated in one style. The brown version, however, received variants with a dial stating "Seiko 5" and "SpeedTimer". I've recently seen some wild black "JDM" editions for sale, however have got a tough time in confirming their correctness.The Seiko Bullhead is OddOne look at the the event of the Seiko Bullhead in the side says to you that it isn't any normal chronograph. On the top menu, the way it is thickness is drastically unique of the skinnier bottom. The identical can probably be said in regards to the lug width considering that the bottom width is far narrower compared to top. To put it bluntly, this watch is undoubtedly an exercise in uncomfortable asymmetry rolex replica eta .Making things all the more precarious within the Seiko Bullhead is really a beautifully crafted, but amazingly unstable bracelet that has been dubbed as "the Fishbone" due to the central "spine" of vertical links that sprout a network of horizontal "scales". I'm astounded by the bracelet's finish this is show of strength that may only be summed up as greater than what you know already. It's thin, wobbly, and has now many lateral flexibility, but it does have the ability to somehow maintain the watch head in relative check. In case you just need something sturdier, Seiko did give a traditional oyster bracelet on JDM models - I have come across the bracelets surface available occasionally - but where's the thrill in this?The Seiko Bullhead isn't Dress WatchWhen I started collecting Seiko's about 4-5 in the past, I squeeze Seiko Bullhead on my own list, however was obviously a bit watchful about buying one as a result of concerns in the potential fit replica tag watches . So, it was fortunate that we attended an area watch fair within Germany and uncovered the model you observe on these pages. Trying it on immediately erased all concerns because, despite in a situation diameter of 44x45mm, this big bovine wears pretty nicely. Yes, it's heavy, a little unbalanced and takes getting used to, there is however a certain allure into it. What are the Bullhead doesn't want to do, though, is to purchase with the cuffs of a dress shirt. That's ok, though, because this chronograph doesn't have any formal aspirations, but ensure that is stays in mind, for most crazy reason, you determine to bring it because your only watch over a business travel.In addition to the size the Seiko Bullhead keeping it off your list as being a "sole wearer", would you be faulted for putting this watch into heavy rotation because of its movement. The 6138, which we detailed within an early article, is an absolute gem. Column-wheel and vertical clutch equipped, it will make up because of its insufficient decoration with serious robustness and fantastic timekeeping. This has been Seiko's second automatic chronograph movement, after 1969's 6139, plus it added a 2nd register to count hours (around 12). Unlike the 6139, the 6138 may actually be hand wound (yay!!!) and the crown adjusts the morning and date by turning it either in direction after pulling out one stop. Up to I appreciate and respect the previous 6139, the 6138 just is like a "big boy" movement.Details, Details, DetailsA close look at the Seiko Bullhead dial shows the common attention to detail because of the Japanese brand. The sub registers and date window are inset as you move the hour markers appear to be applied. The principle hour and minutes hands are black at the center to seem as "floating" within the black dial as you move the remaining portion of the hands are lumed and painted vibrant. Increasing the contrast is often a loud yellow sweep hand that adds sufficient impact to what is is a pretty serious and timeless dial design - in both color and font. A fast glance below center reveals Seiko's "Suwa" symbol, and we know we're managing something vintage.A Bulky Case Means A lot of WearProblems while using Seiko Bullhead are very well documented on many sites. Like numerous early Seiko's, rafts of aftermarket parts can be found and frequently employed on the old beasts. Blame usage, moisture or neglect for your great number of "frankens". Also, due to tall, nugget-like case, these replica watches typically show some serious signs and symptoms of collision.The tachymeter bezels are usually dented and also the cases typically exhibit serious scratches. Cases, at least, may be refinished and cut back to showing their lovely alternating brushed and polished surfaces. Crystals are made of Seiko's Hardlex mineral glass and, as seen on mine; someone managed to polish it and, therefore, designed a slightly wavy surface upon close inspection. Don't worry about it, though, as replacements are actually easily obtained online.Locating your Seiko BullheadThe industry for the Seiko Bullhead is a preferred one. The replica watches certainly aren't rare, but finding a doozy with a reasonable price happens to be challenging. Plus, you will discover collectors who are firmly within the camp of brown versus black or need a JDM variant. As i found this model, it cost something about the order of $275, which now might appear to be a family member bargain. There is an English and German date wheel and also the condition is extremely good overall. The pushers really are a little sticky, but the movement runs perfectly. I'd state that decent replica watches can still be found for less than $500 and anything above that appears to stay unsold unless it somehow has all its paperwork, etc.The Seiko Bullhead easily ranks as one of the firm's most widely used vintage replica watches in fact it is on the list of rare mixers may by present in a Swiss chronograph collector's portfolio. Maybe this is because it's too fun to deny or because it's a cost-effective gateway drug to trial prior to going headlong in to the a great deal more expensive realm of models including the Omega. In any case, it is a strangely satisfying and relevant watch to possess and wear. I'd strongly suggest finding one.