The Wrist Sushi Pogue Thread Jun 19, 2013 12:12:37 GMT -8 seikoholic, Groundhog66, and 10 more like this
Post by dasher on Jun 19, 2013 12:12:37 GMT -8
In an effort to preserve the vast sum of knowledge about Col. William Pogue's watch, I thought it prudent to start this thread so that future generations of Seiko enthusiasts can cut through the crap and get the real story here. Boy, I better get this right, huh??
To begin with, who is Col. William Pogue? Col. Pogue is an American born in Oklahoma, went to school in Oklahoma, and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951 (source: Wikipedia). He became a pilot in the Air Force and was a darn good one, eventually joining the Thunderbirds. In time, he ended up a Colonel at the Manned Spacecraft Center and he was selected as an astronaut in a support capacity for 3 of the Apollo missions. He was scheduled to be a command module pilot for Apollo 19 but the mission was canceled. In the coming years, the United States would create Skylab though, and Col. Pogue got to be the pilot on Skylab 4, the third and final manned trip to Skylab from the U.S. Col. Pogue was on Skylab from November 16, 1973 until February 8, 1974. Col. Pogue is now 83 years young and his autobiography is titled But for the Grace of God: An Autobiography of an Aviator and Astronaut released in 2011.
Our next question about Col. Pogue must be "how did he decide on a Seiko as his watch of choice on Skylab"? Well, to be honest, he chose that watch when he realized his officially certified watch from the USAF was an Omega that would not be given to him during his training. So, knowing he had to have something to rely on during his training, he got good advice from someone and purchased a Seiko, even paying for it on layaway! So that, while in space on Skylab, Col. Pogue had 2 watches on his person, the Omega (set to GMT) and the Seiko. However, for the sake of this post, the Seiko is the only watch we are concerned about. Col. Pogue used the Seiko to time engine burns as a backup to the computers.
Here, at long last, is a picture of the Seiko Col. William Pogue made famous on the Skylab 4 mission:
There are various opinions about what a "true Pogue" is and isn't, and while a very literal reading of the words certainly points one to the watch pictured above, a general understanding of the nickname will indicate a Seiko automatic chronograph watch with a gold dial powered by a 6139 movement in either a -6002 or -6005 designation. The Seiko 6139 Pogue watches that attract the most attention and highest prices are the -6005 designations. Col. Pogue's 6139 had the serial number of 190945, which indicates the watch was made in (9) September of (1) 1971. To find a watch with a sequentially similar serial number would indeed be a valuable find. Col. Pogue confirmed that the inner rotating bezel of his 6139 was originally yellow, but had faded to white. He also confirmed he wore the watch daily for a number of years, even building a house while constantly wearing the watch. The watch was auctioned in 2008 and sold for just shy of $6000.00
So there you have it: the nearly-perfect story of Col. William Pogue and his legendary Seiko 6139 chronograph. Please see following posts for pictures and additional information about this wonderful watch. Thanks for reading!