Today, we are listing yet another very rare chronograph from Seiko referenced 6138-8000 AKA Baby Panda. Introduced in 1971, the 23 Jewels version of Cal. 6138B was in production for less than two years, and cased only inside the 6138-800x, a Japan domestic model.
Same as the 8001 variant, two dials are available for the 8000: Black iridescent charcoal and pearl white. The chronograph we have to offer is the cream dial version.
This particular model is slightly narrower and lighter compared to its respective jumbo 6138-8001 which makes it very suitable for thinner wrists. This reference also comes with a great advantage: Both dial and hour/minute hands are lumed which gives it great legibility at night. The Tachymeter ring is thinner which makes the dial very subtle and cleaner.
This example is the small fount minutes sub-register variant and it is certainly one of the cleanest and sharpest examples we have yet to offer.
Shipped from Tokyo, Japan
Seiko Baby Panda 6138-8000
The chronograph is in very good condition: The case is strong with just some light scratches with no bumps.
The dial is the main attraction here as it is very clean and the hands are still intact including the vivid orange tip. No noticeable peeling is observed on the dial edges or the subdials. One tiny black dot is observed close to the center but barely noticeable.
The original and correct bracelet for this model is very sharp with little signs of wear and has no stretch: You can enjoy the brushing lines as it still shines beautifully in the sunlight.
The bezel is in good condition with no sign of bumps and the glass has no visible scratches.
MODEL: Baby Panda
DIAL: Original white dial
CASE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
CASE DIMENSIONS: 39.5 mm Diameter, 43.5mm Lug to Lug, 14mm Height, 19mm Lug Width
CRYSTAL: Mineral Crystal
CASE BACK: Screw-in Stainless Steel
MOVEMENT: Seiko Automatic Cal. 6138B, 23 Jewel
Manufacturing date: November 1971
Service History: Serviced, +5s/day
Bracelet/Strap: Original and correct Seiko Railroad bracelet XAB321