THE SEIKO POGUE STORY

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THE SEIKO POGUE STORY

Post by koimaster » August 23rd 2021, 8:29am

William ‘Bill’ Pogue was an American astronaut known for his service on the Skylab space station. Pogue was born in Okemah, Oklahoma on January 23rd, 1930, to Alex and Margaret McDow Pogue and became an astronaut in 1966. This was after an already decorated career in the US Air Force, at the age of 36, where he notably served as a Thunderbird pilot. Pogue was made a Colonel and had 7,200 hours of flight time! While he never went to the moon, he was famously part of the Skylab mission in 1973 and stayed there for almost 3 months – 84 days – until February 1974! Pogue was pictured during the mission wearing a yellow dial Seiko 6139 chronograph – which is where the nickname ‘Pogue’ comes from as it is one of the rare space watches of the world.

However, according to Heritage Auctions and excellent work by Anthony Kable of Plus9Time, Colonel Pogue did not wear a 6139-6002 as is widely reported, but instead wore a 6139-6005! This is confirmed by documents from Heritage Auctions’ auction of Pogue’s personal effects on October 7th, 2008. Pogue provided a personal letter certifying that it was his original timepiece worn on the mission, but omitting the full case code with the watch case only officially described as ‘600x’. Pictures of the watch from Heritage Auctions, however, indicate that it was a 6005. He also included a receipt, indicating that he purchased the vintage Seiko 6139 chronograph on June 13th, 1972 for only $71! Col. Pogue writes in his letter that he did not wear the Seiko on the spacewalk but put it on once they were in orbit with his NASA-approved Omega Speedmaster on his right wrist and the Seiko Pogue on his left. He wore the watch until his retirement in 2003 and when the watch was

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