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“Skee Ball” or Rollball ? Tribute to the Seiko 6139-8020 Chronograph Automatic Watch

3 min read April 27, 2022

“Skee Ball” or Rollball ? Tribute to the Seiko 6139-8020 Chronograph Automatic Watch

As a kid growing up in the eighties, you will probably agree with me the numerous birthdays and/or birthday parties that you’ve spent at Chuck E. Cheese. Besides the pizza party area, the massive ball pit playground, a performing stage for the Animatronic Band, and of course we can’t miss out the areas for ticket games and of course the arcade area.

original image from pretentiousbarrelhouse.com

Speaking of ticket games, where you basically try to earn as many tickets as possible to redeem that cheap ten dollar action figure which you can probably buy from a toy store for a lot less. One of the most memorable ticket games that we’ve all played or experienced once or twice would be “Skee Ball”.

22mm Rollball 316L Stainless Steel Watch Bracelet for Seiko SKX007, Brushed V-Clasp SS221820B088

Skee-Ball is an arcade game and one of the first redemption games. It is played by rolling a ball up an inclined lane and over a “ball-hop” hump that jumps the ball into bullseye rings. The object of the game is to collect as many points as possible by having the ball fall into holes in the rings which have progressively increasing point values.

The new “Rollball” Rally Sports Bracelet was inspired by the arcade game Skee-Ball and anchored by Seiko Chronograph watch. Unlike traditional rally bangles, this high-end Rollball has precise adjustable links details almost invisible.


You must be wondering why all of a sudden we are talking about Chuck E. Cheese and Skee Balls? Basically, while we were trying to come up with a name for the new bracelet, Skee Ball suddenly came to mind. Doesn’t it remind you of the Skee Ball arcade game from Chuck E. Cheese? We can’t simply name our new bracelet “Skee Ball”, since the name was trademarked by the National Skee-Ball Company in 1929. Instead, we came up with the name, “Rollball”.

22mm Rollball 316L Stainless Steel Watch Bracelet for Seiko New Turtles SRP777- SS221820BBK089

Our new watch bracelet “Rollball” Rally Sports Bracelet was inspired by the ticket arcade game Skee-Ball and was initially anchored by Seiko Chronograph watch. Unlike traditional rally bangles, this high-end Rollball bracelet has precise adjustable links details almost invisible. The bracelet features in Rally Racing style holes to improve ventilation. Increased thickness and mild bending curved which allows the Rollball roll along your wrist comfortably.

Seiko 6139-8020

The 6139 is Seiko’s first automatic chronograph movement. It is a single register chronograph, with a 30 minute counter, no continuous seconds and a quickset day-date display. It was production from the late sixties up until the late seventies. Seiko watches that had the 6139 movement installed were offered in various colors and case styles, and where marketed under a range of names.

Seiko 6139-8020 original Rally Racing Bracelet

Both images from mywatchmart.com by jackruff

Seiko 6139-8020 chronograph watch case, original image from speedtimerkollektion.com

Rally style watch bands often came in leather, but that changed when Seiko decided to release the 6139 8020 Monocoque, that came in stainless steel.

Seiko 6139-8020, original video from A Seaman's Watch by Oglan Florin


MiLTAT Rollball stainless steel bands

You can now get the look of vintage Seiko 6139-8020 Chronograph for your SKX007 & SRP new turtles by simply changing your watchband into the upgraded Rollball bracelet.

To all the watch enthusiasts out there, be sure to pick up a Rollball bracelet which is available now. It’s not often you see a rally racing stainless steel bracelet.

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Rollball 316L Stainless Steel Watch Band for 22mm lug watches SS221820B088S

The watch band features in Rally racing style holes to improve ventilation. Increased thickness and mild blending curved let the Rollball roll along your wrist comfortably. You can now get the look of vintage Seiko 6139-8020 Chronograph for your beloved watches.

Rollball Version II with Quick-Release

SSC813 Seiko Prospex Speedtimer, Seiko Panda chronograph watch band by StrapcodeQuick-release Rollball version II, 316L Stainless Steel Watch Band for 20mm or 22mm lug watches SSS201623B137S

This Rollball version II QR watch band is designed for straight watch lug diving or sport watch case. This Rollball version II slightly reduced the thickness and roundness, and also had a relatively less modernized design to evoke strong nostalgia. In addition, this Rollball Q.R. version metal watch band features integrated quick-release spring bars for a speedy attachment to your timepiece, also further enhancing flexibility and comfort.

 

Written by Sam , images by others as noted

 

First published :  May 21, 2019


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