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Old 04-03-2017, 03:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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a Scubapro 6306 dial could increase the value.



http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Seiko-6...vip=true&rt=nc
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I never knew that dial/watch existed !!! wow pretty special
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Thing is, that watch was on eBay and couldn't sell for a good while until obviously that seller grabbed it. Think it went for 1200 ish in 2015
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I was watching that also. Just WOW!
All I got was memories from my 13 months in Antarctica.
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Wow. Didn't know about this cool piece.

Congrats to buyer, and thanks for the post Mike!
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Very interesting new info, thanks much.
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Been a couple through Yahoo Japan through the years, but this about the nicest one I've seen.
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Strange, that link is not opening on eBay when I click it, its opening to viglink.com
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Strange, that link is not opening on eBay when I click it, its opening to viglink.com
Same here.
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That was happening to me the other day, try this and click disable. Not sure but it seems links on this site are being redirected. Maybe administration should be asked what's going on
http://www.viglink.com/opt-out/
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That was happening to me the other day, try this and click disable. Not sure but it seems links on this site are being redirected. Maybe administration should be asked what's going on
http://www.viglink.com/opt-out/
Thanks Guy that worked,
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Strange, that link is not opening on eBay when I click it, its opening to viglink.com

Adblock plus,
or Ublock Origin -with as many block lists as you can bear to have enabled.
The reality of the internet is advertising is the virus/malware block it all and don't apologize for it.

I remember this one from back in 2015, didn't catch it this time around, 6105's are completely off the radar with today's prices...
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From Seiko's Prospex site: History of Seiko Divers:

"Reliability at the North and South Poles, and in every extreme environment"

"Since 1966, Seiko has been chosen four times to accompany Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition on its research missions. More recently, numerous adventurers and explorers have taken Seiko to the summit of Mount Everest and all the world's major peaks, proving the value of experience in making watches that are designed for every extreme."

It looks like the 6105-8110 DVDP 1973 watch that just sold was one of those that went on those missions.

Seiko's 1st Diver 6217 62MAS was used by the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition in 1966.



Most recently Seiko produced a run of Limited Edition of 250 Titanium Samurai's with a Special Dial that was Printed by Seiko for the JARE Antarctica Expedition. 250 were made in Black and 250 of the Orange.


Seiko Titanium Samurai SBDA001 Black JARE Watch



Japan Antarctica Research Expedition JARE



Seiko Titanium Samurai SBDA005 Orange JARE Watch







From researching Seiko's long history with Japan's Antarctic Expeditions I discovered that there are actually 2 Different but Similar Seiko 6105-8110 DVDP Antarctica Watches that were produced in the 1970's. Many people have never even heard of them because there are so few remaining in existence. According to another member he has only seen 4 other DVDP for sale in the last 23 years. From what I have been able to gather the first 6105-8110 Antarctica watch was the DVDP 1973 and the second was a later DVDP 1971-76 produced for Japan's Research Mission that lasted for 6 years. From all accounts both of these watches were limited to only 100 made and were given to Antarctica Expedition Team Members from Japan, USA, and New Zealand. They were never for sale or available for purchase.

Photo of the Seiko 6105-8110 DVDP 1973 that just sold on eBay



Closeup with DVDP1973 text on the Dial



Photo of a Seiko 6105-8110 DVDP 1971-76 that was sold on Yahoo Japan


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Thanks for the info Kyle. The one that sold was a real beauty in excellent condition, original strap too. I'll retract my understanding that it was on eBay over the last year or so but that one previously I seem to remember was in great condition.

I'm not sure how I feel about the additional text when it's for specific team of people or commemoration, then again I'm not a huge fan of the scubapro text so I'm probably the wrong person to ask. With that said the text used for the DVDP is in itself quite appealing (compared to the others you've posted) and clearly extremely rare. Lot o money, though.....
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Hi Guy,

I would love to see that Text under your microscope Does it look like the Fonts match on the DVDP 1973 and DVDP 1971-76?

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The Dry Valleys Drilling Project (DVDP) was a Scientific Research Mission which explored Antarctica in 1973. The DVDP was an International Project between scientists from Japan, New Zealand, and the United States. It was funded principally by the United States Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs, the Japanese National Institute of Polar Research, and the New Zealand Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.





Japan Antarctica Research Expedition JARE 14 Dry Valley Drilling Project 1973





Scientist working at the DVDP Camp in 1973



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Great information Kyle, pretty envious now of the guy who bought that.

A shame that in the last photo you can't see what watch the guy is wearing.
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One sold on ebay a couple of months ago for ~ 2000$

http://www.ebay.ph/itm/252041573262

it was up for a while and i remember looking at it - it had a few issues like broken stem and not running. Seemed to be in OK condition otherwise.
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impressive example and great info, thx!
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Great information Kyle, pretty envious now of the guy who bought that.

A shame that in the last photo you can't see what watch the guy is wearing.
Zooming in, it looks to have a 4 o clock crown?
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As a huge 6105 fan, that's a new one on me!! Thanks for posting that!!! What a great and rare example. Probably a bargain for a buyer who holds on to it......
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There seems to be an interesting "Back Story" emerging about the true nature of the Antarctica Dry Valleys Drilling Project 1973 - it looks like the DVDP Mission was not entirely "Scientific"

In 1961 all major countries signed the Antarctic Treaty which bans Military Activity in the Antarctica Continent. According to the Antarctic Treaty of 1961 military personnel and equipment may only be used for scientific research or any other peaceful purpose (such as delivering supplies) on the continent.

US Air Force C-130 Cargo Planes delivering supplies to Antarctica



Most of the funding for the DVDP 1973 Project came from the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF stated mission is "To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense."



By the early 1970's Antarctica had become a Cold War Battleground between the US and USSR (Russia). Both the US and Russia had realized the strategic and military importance of Antarctica and numerous "Research Stations" were built throughout the continent. Most were only "Research Stations" in theory but Military Operation Outposts in reality. All Military activity on the continent was specifically banned under the Antarctic Treaty of 1961. The USSR (Russia) opened 2 new "Research" Stations in 1971.

Russian Research Stations Antarctica





In Response to Russia's Increased "Research" Activity in Antarctica the US started the Dry Valleys Drilling Project (DVDP) in 1973.

US Navy Helicopter delivering supplies to DVDP 1973




In Theory the DVDP was funded by and run by the US National Science Foundation but in Reality was Operated by the US Department of Defense and under the Command and Control of the US Navy under Operation Deep Freeze.



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Wow!!! The plot thickens!!!! Awesome post!!! Intrigued and interested to see more!!!!

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Thanks Kyle. Pretty interesting and looking forward to more.
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The Dry Valleys Drilling Project DVDP 1973.

In the 1960's the US made a large commitment of its scientific resources to NASA and the Apollo Mission. The Moon landing brought a renewed sense of pride and accomplishment to a nation and unified the United States under a common goal. Many Americans considered The Mission to put a Man on the Moon as the ultimate prize in the Cold War with many claiming the US had won the Cold War.




While the US spent enormous resources on one of Mankind's Greatest Achievements Russia was busy developing Mankind's Greatest Weapon. Russia had different goals in mind other than the Moon and 7 days after American Astronaut Neil Armstrong said the famous words "That's One Small step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind" Russia launched an experimental R-36orb Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).



Russian R-36orb 8K67 ICBM on Parade in Moscow 1960s

The Russian R-36orb 8K67 was an ICBM developed by Russia in the 1960s that after launch would go into a low Earth orbit and would then de-orbit for an attack. The R-36orb was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of 5 Megaton Yield (300 x times more powerful than the Atomic Blast at Hiroshima) This was a completely new generation of Thermonuclear ICBM and the R-36orb was light years ahead of its time. All previous ICBM's had a limited range (America's Minuteman ICBM has a range of 5,000 miles) but by placing the missile in low earth orbit the Russian R-36orb had an unlimited range. It could be launched anywhere in the world and strike anywhere in the world.



The first generation R-36 being loaded into a silo

The Russian R-36orb ICBM guidance system was designed to follow a path heading South over Antarctica and the South Pole hitting targets In North America from the South. Based on missile technology that existed at the time and the range of ICBM's most of America's Early Warning Radar Systems were oriented in the North and focused on Missiles going over the Northern Polar Regions. Coming from the opposite direction from the South there would be no Advance Warning.



The world had never seen a weapon with such advanced capability - undetectable, unlimited range, and low orbit delivery system.


On July 27, 1969 - 7 days after the US Landed a Man on the Moon Russia launched a rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome Launch Complex in Kazakhstan. Officially Russia declared that the rocket carried a Kosmos Scientific Research Satellite but in reality it was a R-36orb ICBM. After a successful launch the ICBM entered a low earth orbit and then traveled South heading for the South Pole where it was picked up by Russian Monitoring Stations in Antarctica and then further guided toward its target destination. The missile traveled almost entirely around the Earth until it reached its target destination and with a pre-programmed braking maneuver de-orbited. After de-orbiting the missile fired its reverse thrust engines for re-positioning to target. After re-positioning the missile then released its re-entry vehicle (unarmed but capable of carrying a 5 Megaton thermonuclear warhead) and parachuted to the ground. The Missile went completely undetected by all US Early Warning Systems.




While America was still celebrating the landing of a Man on the surface of the Moon Russia had launched an ICBM taking a Southern Route over Antarctica and the South Pole. Russia had an entirely new, fully operational ICBM with devastating First Strike capability. The US Military were Stunned and Panicked. In the event of a full scale nuclear conflict Russia had gained a decisive advantage. As the 1970's started the Cold War moved to the South Pole and Antarctica became the New Battleground.

To Be Continued- America responds by creating the Antarctica Dry Valleys Drilling Project - DVDP1973 and DVDP1971-76

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