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Old 04-14-2017, 01:47 AM   #26 (permalink)
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While the US was the first to enter the Nuclear age in 1945 it was not until 4 years later in 1949 that Russia detonated its first Atomic Bomb. Russia was far behind the US in Nuclear Technology and the Nuclear Arms Race had begun. Throughout the Cold War the Military Balance shifted with both Russia and the US developing new technologies to gain an advantage in the event of a Nuclear Conflict. US President John F. Kennedy in his 1961 inaugural address described the U.S. and the Soviet Union "both racing to alter that uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of mankind's final war"

By 1969 with the successful launch of the newly developed R-36orb ICBM Russia had caught up and then surpassed the Americans. The US needed new technology to be able to track the advanced, newly developed weapons in the Russian Nuclear Arsenal. Now it was the Americans who found themselves behind in the Nuclear Arms Race.


Dry Valleys Drilling Project DVDP 1973

In response to Russia's new threat from Advanced Low Earth Orbit R-36 orb ICBM's the US National Science Foundation created the Antarctica Dry Valleys Drilling Project DVDP 1973. According to the National Science Foundation officially the DVDP was a Scientific Research project to Study the Geology of Antarctica with an "Auxiliary" program affiliated with the Study. The DVDP "Auxiliary" Program was a Highly Classified Mission for the design, development, and construction of an Experimental Early Warning System in Antarctica.




The US National Science Foundation asked the Japanese Government to assist with the Project. Japan responded by creating the Japan Antarctica Research Expedition (JARE 14) DVDP 1973 to study the geology of Antarctica. Scientists from Japan's earlier Antarctica Expeditions were enlisted and along with Top Scientists from Japan's Universities set out on an expedition mapping and studying Antarctica. After an extensive geologic and scientific study the Dry Valleys was selected by JARE as the best location for America"s Experimental Early Warning Radar Station.

Japan Antarctica Research Expedition JARE Dry Valley Drilling Project











Once construction of the DVDP began the US Navy Operation Deep Freeze was responsible for airlifting cargo, supplies, building materials, and special Contractors to build the New Facility.





The Summer of 1973 in Antarctica had one of the mildest summers on record with high temperatures, clear skies, and properly functioning aircraft and construction equipment. Seabees from the US Navy Construction Battalion, Japan JARE Scientists, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Department of Defense Special Contractors, and a Team of Drilling Engineers from New Zealand worked around the clock, 24 hours a day. The Dry Valleys Experimental Tracking Station was completed in only 6 months and became fully operational in 1974. Officially the National Science Foundation classified the Facility as a "Research Station".



No longer did Russia have the advantage of a Surprise Attack with Thermonuclear Ballistic Missiles going over Antarctica and the South Pole undetected. The US and Russia were back to "The Delicate Balance of Terror" and the tenuous peace that existed between the two countries.



The Military Stalemate between Russia and US continues in Antarctica. US C-130 Plane conducting a reconnaissance flight over a Russian "Research Station". In the photo you can see the small Russian Holy Trinity Church - The First Church in Antarctica.

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Old 04-16-2017, 11:04 PM   #27 (permalink)
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hey big blue...where are you sourcing this info if i may ask?

good stuff and very interesting by the way. makes me want to keep my JAREs even more. have been watching the DVDPs for years

edit - i am sort of expecting the '.....and then i would have to kill you line'

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makes me want to keep my JAREs even more. have been watching the DVDPs for years
If anyone has any photos of any other DVDP 6105-8110 or JARE watches please post them. I've been searching (old forum posts, yahoo japan, ebay) and can't seem to find any other photos.

Also looking back at the photos of the one that just sold on eBay I noticed that something is just not right. Does anyone else see it?
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:23 AM   #29 (permalink)
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its dated 74 on a wtch for dvdp 73
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:29 AM   #30 (permalink)
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a few pics of the other
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:47 AM   #31 (permalink)
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a few pics of the other







Thanks for the photos of the DVDP 1971-76. If the caseback is correct for the watch then the 1976 manufacture date makes sense.

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Also looking back at the photos of the one that just sold on eBay I noticed that something is just not right. Does anyone else see it?

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Also looking back at the photos of the one that just sold on eBay I noticed that something is just not right. Does anyone else see it?
strap mounted upside down?
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Interesting read! I have only seen one other before, but man that's a crazy price
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Old 04-23-2017, 09:41 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Photos of the only other Seiko 6105-8110 DVDP 1973 that I could find:





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I am hoping that the information about the Seiko DVDP adds to our knowledge of the 6105-8110 Diver watches. I find that in the World of Seiko Watches there are always new discoveries waiting to happen and its fascinating (to me at least) to try to dig deeper and uncover the story behind them. The Seiko DVDP Watch and Antarctica's Military History are fairly unknown - perhaps overshadowed a bit by the Vietnam War and the Apocalypse Now connection. I hope that I was able to shed a little new light on this seldom seen watch. Thanks for looking!


US Navy Operation Deep Freeze Task Force Commanders celebrating the completion of a successful Mission in Antarctica 1974



I saw two shooting stars last night
I wished on them but they were only satellites
Is it wrong to wish on space hardware?

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Old 05-04-2017, 12:35 PM   #37 (permalink)
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i see the guy in the photo is wearing his.

btw - what was the odd thing about the watch that didnt look right?
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Jare47 and jare49 <3 any idea how much is it?
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Old 06-15-2018, 11:38 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Japan Antarctic Research Expedition JARE 49










https://www.ebay.com/itm/Super-rare-...-/173152287282


This is the last Seiko Samurai SBDA01 Black Dial JARE 49 that I have seen Sold. I have not seen a Seiko SBDA05 Orange Dial JARE 47 for sale in a long time. The last Orange JARE Seiko I saw for sale was back in 2010. I do not closely monitor the auctions or sales sites so I could have easily missed others for sale.

US Navy Operation Deep Freeze Antarctica 1960s



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Antarctica Dry Valleys





Both Dr. Tetsuya Torii and Dr. Shyu Nakaya were Team Members in the later Japan MSST Antarctic Expedition in 1978-1979

https://www.thewatchsite.com/21-japan...7001-msst.html
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1978-1979 was when I was down there at Mcmurdo. Knew about the dry valleys but not these projects.
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Old 07-15-2018, 01:21 PM   #42 (permalink)
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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a US Government funded research and development center. The JPL is owned by NASA and managed by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

US Navy Operation Deep Freeze had a Team of JPL scientists working at the DVDP.





There is a tradition at JPL to eat "good luck peanuts" before critical mission events such as orbital insertions or landings. As the story goes, in the 1960's the JPL Ranger unmanned space missions had experienced failure after failure. The Ranger spacecrafts were created by JPL to photograph the surface of the Moon in preparation for the later manned NASA Apollo Lunar Landing. The first successful Ranger mission to photograph the Lunar Surface (Ranger 7) occurred after a JPL staff member had decided to pass out peanuts to relieve tension. The JPL staff jokingly decided that the peanuts must have been a good luck charm and the tradition persisted.

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Ranger 2 - Launch Failure
Ranger 3 - Spacecraft Failed - Missed Moon
Ranger 4 - Spacecraft Failed - Impact
Ranger 5 - Spacecraft Failed - Missed Moon
Ranger 6 - Cameras Failed - Impact


JPL Ranger 7 was launched in July 1964 and was completely successful by photographing its way down to the target area in a lunar plain. Ranger 7 sent more than 4,300 pictures from six cameras to waiting scientists and engineers before the planned impact. The images revealed that crater-on-crater, gently rolling contours were the dominant features of the Moon's surface. The photos from Ranger 7 helped JPL and NASA Engineers to design the later Lunar Surveyor and prepare for the manned Landing on the Moon.


JPL Mission Designers and Ranger 7 model



First Image of the Moon taken by a U.S. Spacecraft. JPL Ranger 7 July 31, 1964



Antarctica's Dry Valleys is often referred to as the "Living Moon" as scientists consider the Dry Valleys to be the closest of any terrestrial environment to the Moon.

Antarctica Dry Valleys


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Always interesting to know the stories behind those watches, a big thanks to everyone contributing and taking all the time to share the knowledge.
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From the photos sent back from the JPL Ranger Missions NASA learned the the Lunar Surface was rocky and heavily cratered. But was the surface sufficiently solid to support the 33,500-pound Apollo lunar lander? Or was it so deeply covered in dust from billions of years of meteorite impacts, as some theorized, that the lunar module would simply sink out of sight, dooming the astronauts? These and a hundred other questions about the surface composition dogged mission planners, so a robot would make the dangerous journey first - the Lunar Surveyor from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Fifty Years of Moon Dust: JPL was the Pathfinder for Apollo


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Hello sir bigbluesky,

Have you heard of seiko jare's aside from 47 and 49?

Btw, great information above &#x261d;&#xfe0f; &#x1f44d;
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Have you heard of seiko jare's aside from 47 and 49?
Seiko produced a limited edition BFK Kinetic Diver SBCZ015 for JARE 51. This example was missing the crown and sold on Yahoo Japan.


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Thanks Kyle for the great write-up. The stories behind the watches is what make the watches collectible.
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US Navy Operation Deep Freeze DVDP 1973



Japan Antarctic Research Expedition DVDP 1973



The Aurora Australis in Antarctica


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US Navy Operation Deep Freeze DVDP 1973



Japan Antarctic Research Expedition DVDP 1973



The Aurora Australis in Antarctica

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TOGYZzIsOU


bbkyle- this is most excellent information. As a lifelong aerospace guy I had no idea about this effort, either by the Soviets or this specific work in Antarctica (and my company is the one that operates the supply missions there). The watch content is icing on the cake. Did you write up this story yourself? If so it is superb.


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The DVDP Mystery Deepens

In the 1950s and 1960s US Missile Defense Strategy against nuclear armed missiles mostly centered around detecting offensive launch events and tracking inbound ballistic missiles but with limited ability to actually defend against the missile. That strategy changed in the 1970s.

In 1969 the US had sent a very public message to the Soviet Union and the Entire World by Landing a Man on the Moon. The Soviets very quickly and quietly responded to America's Claim of Cold War Victory with a successful launch of an undetected R36Orb Missile traveling South over Antarctica. Throughout the early 1970s the Soviet Union continued with regular highly successful test Missile launches (on average once every 6 months) going over Antarctica.

It was the Height of the Cold War and messages were important weapons used by both sides. It was now the Americans turn to send a message to Moscow. Scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the National Security Agency (NSA) working in Antarctica were not there to track Soviet missles.

The DVDP mission in Antarctica had changed.

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