The true Seiko Pogue Chronograph - 6139-6005

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The true Seiko Pogue Chronograph - 6139-6005

Postby koimaster » January 15th 2018, 11:03am

A few years ago it was discovered that the first automatic chronograph in space was a Seiko 6139 worn by Colonel William Reid Pogue during the Skylab 4 mission from November 16, 1973, to February 8, 1974. This was identified by watch enthusiast David Bruno who noted mention of a Seiko watch in a transcript from the Colonel. David then contacted Col. Pogue and received confirmation from him that the watch in question was a yellow dialed 6139.

Col. Pogue wore the watch for many years and in October 2008 the watch was auctioned to raise funds for non-profit Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. For the sale the watch was provided with the original layaway receipt, instruction manual and a letter from the Col. confirming the history of the watch.

The original auction information can be seen on the Heritage Auctions site at the following link - William Pogue's Seiko 6139 Watch Flown on Board the Skylab | Lot #41138 | Heritage Auctions

If you look at the original description on the Heritage Auction website it just lists this as a "6139-600x Seiko watch" and in the letter from Col. Pogue he also does not list the full case code.

If you look at the original purchase receipt it does not list the exact model of the watch but instead just states "Seiko Watch". ... -6139-6005


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Re: The true Seiko Pogue Chronograph - 6139-6005

Postby bobbee » January 15th 2018, 1:08pm

...yet still we see those 6002's claiming to be 'true' Pogues.
Even the non-yellow dial 6139 models are often claimed to be Pogues.
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Re: The true Seiko Pogue Chronograph - 6139-6005

Postby conjurer » January 15th 2018, 1:14pm

I believe Mort has one of these, and this makes him a collector of note indeed, even with his greatly advanced age and formalin-filled veins.
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