Celebrating five decades since its first automatic chronograph was released, Seiko has just unveiled this, the new Seiko Automatic Chronograph SRQ029J 50th Anniversary.*First revealed in 1969, the original Seiko Automatic Chronograph featured the Japanese watchmaker's historic Calibre 6139 movement, which utilised an integrated vertical clutch and column wheel chronograph architecture.*1969 was a competitive and interesting time for watchmakers, as it wasn't just Seiko that was trying to bring an automatic chronograph to market in the last year of the Swinging Sixties.*In fact, not only was an automatic chronograph joint venture between Heuer and Breitling on the precipice of release, but Zenith's famed El Primero movement was also on the verge of being brought to market. Exciting times indeed for the chronograph. The 6139-equipped timepieces were presented in a number of different colour schemes, and all featured a day-date indicator and a single 30-minute sub-dial located at the 6 o'clock position on the sporty dial.*What followed the 6139 was arguably one of Seiko's most notable chronographs of all time, the Seiko 6138 "Panda".*In fact, the Calibre 6138 spawned a great many cult classics, including the "Kakume", "Jumbo", "Calculator" and "Bullhead". The Panda, like all 6138-powered timepieces, featured two sub-dials: one displaying…

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