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A shame that in the last photo you can't see what watch the guy is wearing.


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A shame that in the last photo you can't see what watch the guy is wearing.
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The "Colossus"




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The Colossus of Rhodes

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built in 280 BC the Colossus stood at the Entrance to Rhodes Harbor in Ancient Greece. It was similar in construction and size of the US Statue of Liberty standing in New York Harbor. The Colossus collapsed during an Earthquake in 226 BC and was Never Rebuilt. Both the Colossus and Statute of Liberty represent monuments to Freedom for All Mankind!





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IMHO, you have made an amazing and wide-ranging contribution to our general knowledge base.

About all I can add is that you may find it interesting to read Norman Mailer's "Of a fire on the moon" for his unique take on the space race. I was 11 when Apollo 11 landed on the moon and it seemed like a magical event. I read this book in the mid-80s and it helped me understand how this "magic" was an extension of the arms race between two super-powers. A sobering moment in my life.
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Soviets loading a R36M into a Silo

After safely installing the R36M ICBM into the underground silo Scientists from the Soviet Strategic Forces would then install the Warhead.



MIRV - Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicle

In 1968 Soviet Scientists working at the Strategic Rocket Forces began further improvement of the R36 ICBM. The new design utilized MIRV technology with a payload that contained multiple warheads each capable of being aimed to hit a different target. The New Missile was designated R36M.

The R36M was the world's most lethal weapon ever built. The R36M has a throw-weight of 8,800 kg. This makes the Soviet R36M the world's heaviest ICBM. For comparison, the heaviest ever US ICBM (the retired LGM-118 Peacekeeper) had less than half of the R36M throw-weight at 4,000 kg. With more powerful two stage engines and a very high throw-weight each R36M was capable of carrying a payload of up to 10 thermonuclear warheads.

The first test launch of the R-36M missile took place on February 21, 1973 though some sources suggest that testing began in October 1972

Soviet ICBM Launches


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Japan Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE) Team Leader Dr. Tetsuya Torii



I don't think there is any Mystery who bought the 6105-8110 DVDP More Photos on the way






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That is amazing! It couldn't be more rare than if it belonged to Martin Sheen. No, this is actually better! Amazing piece of history.

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Wow! Can’t wait!


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R36Orb 8K67 on Parade in Moscow



Most military analysts believe the R36Orb 8K67 was intended to be the very first weapon to be used in the event of a Nuclear Conflict. A surprise weapon going South over Antarctica designed to destroy American leadership and nuclear command and control systems. The R36Orb could be put into orbit and remain there for some time. Once commanded the R36Orb could quickly release its thermonuclear warhead anywhere along the orbit's ground track. Silo based ICBMs launched from the Soviet Union take approximately 25 minutes to reach US targets. An orbiting R36Orb could launch an attack in less than 2 minutes.

Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces continued with secret testing of the R36Orb 8K67. Flights included testing re-entry vehicles, braking maneuvers, retrofiring of engines, and repositioning. Test launches included deorbiting over Western Russia and Ukraine and ground track orbiting over Antarctica. For monitoring over Antarctica the Soviets continued building "Scientific Research Stations" and by 1972 the Soviets had outposts entirely circling the Antarctica continent.

By the early 1970s the Soviets were perfecting the Ultimate First Strike Weapon.



Soviet Aircraft delivering supplies to Vostok Research Station in Antarctica 1970's


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Fabulous Kyle, the watch all the research above.
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Fabulous Kyle, the watch all the research above.
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Thanks for all the very kind comments!

I believe the Seiko 6105-8110 DVDP 1973 is completely 100% original and unmolested. It looks like the watch was worn very little and came with its original XGL731 strap (watch came with the strap mounted upside down in accordance with proper South Pole Military protocol)

I have found that the Orange dot on a 6105 Sweep Seconds is usually a good indicator of use - the color of the Orange Dot on the DVDP is one of the best of all my 6105s. The only signs of use I could find on the watch are some very light scratches to the original crystal, case, and bezel insert. Normally I would go ahead and install a new Type II crystal but the scratches on the crystal are not very distracting so I decided to keep this one 100% original. 6105 B Movement with Hacking is in pristine condition and starts up as soon as the watch is picked up. The only thing I did was change the gaskets and batten down the hatches.

Anyone have a 6105-8110 DVDP 1971-76 in Mint Condition they want to sell Thanks for watching!

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The provenance here is outstanding. Thank you for all your work on this thread.


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The Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces launched a total of 139 test flights of the R36Orb 8K67s with 16 failures.

In 1973 18 hardened Silos for R36Orb 8K67 missiles were being prepared near Tyuratam in the Soviet Union. The First Regiment of the missiles were ready to go into service.

Final Testing of the R36Orb 8K67 began in 1973.

December 1973 Launch - Mission Failure - Numerous missile components failed over Antarctica.

March 1974 Launch - Mission Failure - Guidance system failed. Instruments inoperative over Antarctica. After the loss of this missile Soviet Scientists redesigned the guidance system block for the R36Orb.

December 1974 Launch - Mission Failure - Missile exploded over Antarctica.

With increasing "Unexplained Losses" over Antarctica the Soviet Union stopped all test launches of the missile. Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces decided to halt the R36Orb 8K67 program in 1975 and the missiles never went into service. Following the cancellation of the missile program Soviet "Research Stations" in Antarctica were no longer useful and they were slowly abandoned over time.

Abandoned Soviet Research Station Leningradskaya in Antarctica



Abandoned Soviet Missile Silo in Ukraine - This Silo once housed the World's Most Powerful ICBM.


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The Greatest Triumph of Mankind is simply that We are Still Here.

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Thank YOU all for such a Lesson of this History.Kyle and Mike and many of you for your contributions are they are inspiring. I had no idea of the many twists and turns of what was going on. I think for myself 1964 was when I was most frightened of War. Cuba...
I had just enlisted at 17 and JFK was assassinated. I was on a Destroyer headed to Cuba before I knew what was happening. That we have not yet caused the End of Civilization is the Greatest accomplishment we may ever make. From the moment I found out what was waiting for us in Cuba I have felt my whole life that I have been on Borrowed Time. Thank you all for this Great Post "School has been in Session Today" Its been a Humbling Feeling.
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Thank YOU all for such a Lesson of this History.Kyle and Mike and many of you for your contributions are they are inspiring. I had no idea of the many twists and turns of what was going on. I think for myself 1964 was when I was most frightened of War. Cuba...
I had just enlisted at 17 and JFK was assassinated. I was on a Destroyer headed to Cuba before I knew what was happening. That we have not yet caused the End of Civilization is the Greatest accomplishment we may ever make. From the moment I found out what was waiting for us in Cuba I have felt my whole life that I have been on Borrowed Time. Thank you all for this Great Post "School has been in Session Today" Its been a Humbling Feeling.


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US Navy Operation Deep Freeze Icebreakers (Left to Right ) USS Burton Island (AGB-1), USS Atka (AGB-3), and USS Glacier (AGB-4) push together to move a huge iceberg to clear a channel leading to McMurdo Station in Antarctica




US Navy Operation Deep Freeze Antarctic Development Squadron Six (VXE-6) Helicopter unloading at the DVDP in Antarctica


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hi kyle...this is an amazing thread and that DVDP 6105 is easily the best i have ever seen.

freakin amazing.

thanks for your hard work posting all this stuff. Great to read about the soviet nukes.
USS Glacier is aptly named
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Wonderful thread and photos. Super rare Seiko too.
Looking at these photos reminds me of the Antarctica international research station scenes in the 1982 movie "The Thing".
I don't recall the actors wearing any wrist watches though.
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A watch comes in handy down there in the summer. The sun does not set for three months. 2am and 2pm look the same, sun just in a different part of the sky. Winter no sun for 3 months, again it all looks the same.
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