Age of Aquarius....Spring of 72 according to USD

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Age of Aquarius....Spring of 72 according to USD

Thu May 12, 2016 11:53 am

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Re: Age of Aquarius....Spring of 72 according to USD

Thu May 12, 2016 11:36 pm

This is the regulator that got me into vintage scuba diving. My home business account with McMaster Carr is still called Aquarius Diving. Heavy, good looking, and with only like 2 moving parts. This is the truck gun of the regulator world. I used to loan these for people who needed to borrow a reg. I taught Anna (my wife) how to dive with one of these. Later models have 3 low pressure ports as well.

I've gotten these for 10 bucks before at flea markets and such.
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Re: Age of Aquarius....Spring of 72 according to USD

Fri May 13, 2016 7:48 am

The Aquarius showed back up in the AL catalog around 2004 with a swivel yoke and a couple extra ports re branded as Calypso...but if you look at the schematic its definitely an Aquarius inside.

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Re: Age of Aquarius....Spring of 72 according to USD

Mon May 15, 2017 3:29 am

I'm just in the process of rebuilding an Aquarius... thanks to Herman and others for helping identify it and an older Scubapro I bought as a cheap job-lot on eBay!
Great to know more about the history of this reg via Bryan's blog post... I'm really starting to appreciate its unique classic lines too :)

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Responded well to a 50:50 white vinegar and distilled water treatment followed by a good scrub with bronze wool and an ultrasonic clean.
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It's in very good condition inside so should restore well... I've ordered seal kits from VDH but in looking over the USD schematics and service guide I realised that while the spacer (#37) is there the small washer (#27) is missing. Evidence of fiddling back in the day :roll:

I thought it a little odd that the nut was turned right in with several threads showing when I opened the can... I wonder how it breathed like that!

So if anyone can get their hands on one I'd be very grateful... or please confirm the OD/ID dimensions to see if it is a standard Imperial 316 stainless washer size (5-40?)

Bryan recommends changing over the snap ring retaining the purge button... I assume these are also a standard Imperial size 316 stainless part?

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Re: Age of Aquarius....Spring of 72 according to USD

Mon May 15, 2017 9:08 am

[quote="Fibonacci"
It's in very good condition inside so should restore well... I've ordered seal kits from VDH but in looking over the USD schematics and service guide I realised that while the spacer (#37) is there the small washer (#27) is missing. Evidence of fiddling back in the day :roll:

Washer is important as it provides the bearing surface for the lever. If it is missing the lever rides against the housing.

So if anyone can get their hands on one I'd be very grateful... or please confirm the OD/ID dimensions to see if it is a standard Imperial 316 stainless washer size (5-40?)

I don't think it's a standard size. If it were I would stock them as this part is often missing.


Bryan recommends changing over the snap ring retaining the purge button... I assume these are also a standard Imperial size 316 stainless part?
The snap ring is included in the service kit for the 2nd stage.
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