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I know we have a No eBay Auction Policy on the board, but just this once, I am making an exception because of the historical interest of this particular piece.

It seems that Coronel Pogue has decided to sell the first automatic chronograph in space, as a means to fund a scholarship. The watch is currently on eBay, here:

http://cgi.liveauctions.ebay.com/41...m14QQhashZitem170262976554QQitemZ170262976554

Here is the actual listing:

eBay said:
41138: Wm Pogue's Seiko 6139 Watch Flown on Skylab 4




William Pogue's Seiko 6139 Watch Flown on Board the Skylab 4 Mission, from his Personal Collection. This watch was worn on the wrist of Mission Pilot William R. Pogue during this eighty-four day mission between November 16, 1973, and February 8, 1974, traveling around the Earth 1214 times for a total of thirty-four million miles. Pogue purchased the 6139-600x Seiko watch on June 13, 1972 for $71 after placing it on layaway three days prior. He used the watch during pre-flight training to time the engine burns. Although he was not officially sanctioned to do so, Pogue wore the watch during his duration on Skylab. To take the watch aboard the spacecraft, Pogue placed it in the spacesuit leg pocket during pre-launch preparations. After launch insertion and getting unsuited from the spacesuit, Pogue put the watch on his left wrist and set it to United States Central Time while the NASA official sanctioned Omega watch was placed on his right wrist. Upon Pogue's return to earth he continued to wear the Seiko watch daily until he retired it in 2003 due to the wear and tear of twenty years.

The watch is accompanied by the original layaway receipt, instruction booklet, spare watch parts, a NASA photo of Pogue wearing the watch aboard Skylab, and a two-page handwritten letter from Pogue explaining the history of the watch. Also included is the May 2007 issue of International Watch magazine that has a feature story about this watch and how it flew into space more than ten years before the NASA-sanctioned Sinn 142 chronograph. A truly historic watch sure to appeal to both space and timepiece collectors.

This lot has been consigned by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The proceeds will benefit this non-profit organization.
Wouldn't it be cool if we could all pitch in, some amount, buy the watch and donate it to the Smithsonian air and space museum?
 

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wow...that is just great. i would love to know more about the story of why he felt the need to use that seiko instead of the omega...

the collection is a good idea.
 

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Wouldn't it be cool if we could all pitch in, some amount, buy the watch and donate it to the Smithsonian air and space museum?
Would they accept it even though it was not the "Official" watch of the mission??
 

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Well, the watch just sold for $4,875. Completed auction number: 260294790134.

Someone got one of the most legendary Seiko's ever and a huge piece of horological space history. Plus, I guess the proceeds went to help pay for tuition for needy astronauts.

Thanks to Isthmus for posting the info. on this special watch.
 

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It only stated that it was a "live auction floor bidder." I'm not familiar with that auction system. But, couldn't find any other info. on the winner.
 

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It only stated that it was a "live auction floor bidder." I'm not familiar with that auction system. But, couldn't find any other info. on the winner.
It was probably someone bidding on behalf of Sinn or Omega. They're gonna put it through this:



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ROTF. Good one :-x:):-d:-x;-)
 

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Correction

Sorry. Even though the completed auction number stated that the auction was closed, I've learned that in this type of Live Auction format, this can be mis-leading and apparently Ebay's software doesn't accurately reflect the true status.

The good news is that the watch is still available for bids. So bid high and bid often. |>|>|>
 

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Re: Correction

I'm interested in the hand on the subdial, it is not the original red teardrop.. is it a replacement? Or was this ever an original ref?

I've just bought a Pogue with a replaced white hand on the subdial.. but now I see it looks more like the real Pogue than the original hand does!!
 

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Re: Correction

I'm interested in the hand on the subdial, it is not the original red teardrop.. is it a replacement? Or was this ever an original ref?

I've just bought a Pogue with a replaced white hand on the subdial.. but now I see it looks more like the real Pogue than the original hand does!!
Make a new thread. Bringing back and hijacking a 6 year old thread isn't cool.

"He's just a witness"
 
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