Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Skylab 4 launch which saw not one but two automatic chronographs make it into space. One was carried by Col William Pogue, his trusty Seiko 6139-6005 from September 1971 and its Seiko 6139B movement. I’ve written about the Pogue and about Intenrational Pogue Day, a lot. See here.

The other watch was given to Commander Jerry Carr to verify that automatic chronographs could work in space, and he carried it in his boot – a Movado Datachron HS360 with its Zenith El Primero 3019PHC movement. Read the story here.

Here’s Bill Pogue “double wristing” his Seiko with his NASA issued Speedmaster.

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