THE ORIGIN OF THINGS

by Luigi Fabbri
Who invented the mask, the regulator, the dry suit? Where did the first underwater magazine come from? And the first diving school? Many answers can be found in the pages of this article, sometimes surprising or in contrast with those believed to be certainties.
April 2017


 

COLLECTIONS & COLLECTORS

by Luigi Fabbri
Some people collect all the beautiful things that belonged to the scuba diver of the past, others dedicate themselves to a few specific equipment. For a collector, however, the greatest pleasure is not only the conquest of a new piece, but the discovery of its origin, often fascinating history.
September 2017


 

ANALOGICAL SOS DECOMPRESSION GAUGES

by Andrea Campedelli - july 2021
The SOS analogical decompression meters were instruments protagonists of a long historical diving period, loved, hated, however unsurpassed until the advent of digital electronic computers.
The author describes how they works, one by one, while in the final box Luigi Fabbri highlights the mistakes that many divers do, taking advantage of their ease of use.

 

DECO BRAIN HANS HASS, the first dive computer

di Andrea Campedelli - june 2021
The adventurous birth, the success, the end of the famous Deco Brain, the first dive computer in the world. The article describes the history of this great instrument with many curious and unpublished details, supplemented by an interview with its designer Jürgen Hermann who reveals some little-known aspects.

THE FIRST PANERAI, THE ITALIAN NAVY RAIDERS’ WATCH

Short story of an incredibly famous watch, born in gold in 1935, to be worn in the waistcoat small pocket of elegant gentlemen, which became an austere diving for the wrist of the raiders of the Royal Italian Navy.
​by Andrea Campedelli - may 2021

The Italian Underwater Breathing Devices in the Years 40s and 50s

by Maurizio Baldinucci - febbraio 2021
What was the first air breathing apparatus that appeared in Italy? What were the SCBAs available before the advent of the famous French Mistral? In this article, as usual very well documented, the author traces the Italian history of the devices that came after the oxygen rebreathers. And surprises are not lacking, such as the device in the photo alongside.

THE DATA BASE OF THE TWO HOSE REGULATORS

by Maurizio Baldinucci - november 2020
This is without doubt the most complete database of two-hose regulators ever published. There are in fact listed regulators of 74 brands from all over the world, for a total of 221 models with some specifications and year of presentation. Numbers probably never suspected by any collectors.

THE 80s

by Luigi Fabbri - october 2020
The 80s of the last century marked the period of maximum expansion of diving, with an exponential growth in the number of practitioners, companies in the sector, diving teaching and services. Radically changing the environment and its customs and representing for this reason the period in which historical diving has definitively succumbed to modern diving.

THE ELUSIVE MARES AIR KING

di Maurizio Baldinucci
Mares Air King belongs to the restricted category of "mysterious" regulators, very difficult to find and even more to describe, given the scarcity of photos and technical data. Born in 1959, in his short life he was modified several times and finally abandoned in 1963.

A "DEMONE" OF REGULATOR

di Maurizio Baldinucci
Among the countless products the North American rich and highly competitive sports diving gear market offered during the ’60s of the last century it is worth remembering the strange regulator Demone”, original in appearance and for the technical solutions adopted yet of very little commercial success.

THE HISTORY OF SPIRO-SUB E AER-SUB TRADEMARKS

by Maurizio Baldinucci  -  april 2020
Who Spiro-Sub and Aer-Sub were ? From the mid-50s until 1965 they have sold several diving equipment, however true companies with these names never existed have. They were trademarks only owned by Cressi, which used them to distribute and sell regulators and instruments not of own produced. This article traces their complete and well documented history.

THE BLUE HOLE IN THE MALDIVES - en

by Dodi Telli  -  march 2020
Off-topic readings - Let's start with this article to occasionally host "off-topic" writings with respect to the standards of our site but of particular interest to lovers of everything related to the sea, from historical or scientific chronicles of particular events to the origins of the old-time diving equipment.

VISIONARY MASKS

di Maurizio Baldinucci 
Among the numerous innovative and original products launched on the market by Scubapro we need to remember the “Visionaire” mask (see Fig. 1 and Fig. 2), sold by the US company in the period between 1965 and 1970.

DEVELOPMENT OF THE OXYGEN REBREATHER

by Maurizio Baldinucci - July 2019
From the apparatus of Sir Robert Davis to the Aro of the men "Gamma", from the Dräger Tauchretter by Hans Hass to the Cressi "57 B". The compelling story of the oxygen breathing apparatus told through the episodes of war and the sporting adventures that have seen it protagonist.

BREATHING UNDERWATER THROUGH A "BEER CAN"

by Maurizio Baldinucci - February 2019
When the Cousteau-Gagnan regulator started to spread, his success led individual inventors and underwater manufacturers to explore alternative technical solutions. Skills and imagination have bloomed, often giving life to instruments with unusual shapes.

HISTORY OF THE SINGLE HOSE REGULATOR

by Maurizio Baldinucci - April 2019
Who invented the single-hose regulator? Actually it is the result of a long and complex evolution that occurred in the same years in various parts of the world. Maurizio Baldinucci displays with passion the adventurous history of this instrument to which we owe the universal expansion of diving.

CINEMA AND UNDERWATER BREATHING DEVICES

by Maurizio Baldinucci - March 2018
It was 1943 when J. Y. Cousteau shot the documentary "Épave" (Wrecks) in which the prototype of a regulator appeared. Since then divers with their breathing apparatus have been the protagonists of countless films, retraced by the author through documents and images now rare.

The Mistral’s amazing origins

by Maurizio Baldinucci - November 2017
Maurizio Baldinucci makes us discover the origins of the Mistral and its technological development that lasted almost twenty years through a large number of models and unsuspected solutions. A technical-historical reconstruction unequaled for accuracy and iconographic documentation.