Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Dedicated to the discussion of vintage diving methods and equipment available prior to 1970. This forum section is limited to the diving without modern BCDs or use of an Octopus.

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Discussion of diving methods and equipment available prior to the development of BCDs beyond the horse collar. This forum is dedicated to the pre-1970 diving.
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TeamDoug2015
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:25 pm

What a remarkable transformation. Bravo.

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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:11 am

Paul, David and myself diving 2 AKs and a Phoenix were comparing coral rubble we found before visiting the "Hooker" on Bonaire. We were planning a penetration dive.
We have been diving here all week and the DHs are drawing a lot of attention.
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:53 am

Hmmm, I see three guys apparently stuck on an island too long together exhibiting delusions of grandeur by holding what appear to be symbolic representations of some strange native Bonarian fertility rite. Not sure it's the double hose regulators that's drawing all the attention. Just saying. :shock: :D

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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:55 am

Well played ......Well Played. :lol:
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:29 pm

Sort of a beginner here, but off to a good start - Here's a few things in my collection I'd like to show off. Fisrtly, I have a Healthways Scuba Deluxe - the 'Nash Rambler of Double Hose Regs', as I've heard it been called. This was my very first rebuild project and I'm super happy with how it turned out. I'd like to thank Rob from the Scuba Musem, Bruce from BAR Plating, and the many others in this forum and beyond that helped me with the project.

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Here's how it originally looked (disassembled) when I got it:
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Things done:
- Cans rechromed (Thanks to BAR Plating)
- New Silicone Diaphragm (Thanks to the Scuba Museum)
- New O-rings in main valve assembly (Thanks to the Scuba Museum)
- New gody gasket (Again, thanks to the Scuba Museum)
- New Outlet Mushroom Valve (The Scuba Museum)
- New EPDM 1" Hoses (Thanks to the Vintage Double Hose Store)
- Replaced original neoprene mouthpiece with a superior Hope-Page (Is there anything you can't get from The Scuba Museum?)
- New Trident Gum Rubber Mouthpiece (Vintage Double Hose Store)
- Added Tinnerman Clamps (stolen off an MSA Gas Mask Hose! :P )
- Adjusted Diaphragm Lever

Next up I have an item that doesn't classify as double hose, but is a nice piece of vintage equipment. Here we have a German Dräger Vollgesichtsmaske Modell 60 (Dräger R60) FFM from the 1960's (mine is dated '65). The mask has 40mm threads on the side like a gas mask for a PA38 Second Stage (or some other 40mm second stage reg), which mine was interestingly enough modified for standard first stage regs, but the insides are so gnarly, it's unusable. I can get an unissued replacement, but it's not compatable with standard first stage lp threads, and plus I'm too involved with double hose for now.

Supposedly these were used by both commercial divers and the German and Dutch militaries. Mine has a built-in microphone (fried and unusable), so I kinda assume mine's a military model based on that, but not entirely sure. This microphoned model would be used in conjuntion with a Dräger 'Schwimmtaucheranzug' hood that has a built-in earphone and a 'Taucherfernsprechanlage' T5520 Diver's Telephone, both of which I do not have. Interestingly enough, I see more gas mask collectors with these (with gas mask filters screwed on!) than I do in the hands of vintage diving gear collectors...

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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:42 pm

I think your Healthways needs a label. www.vintagescubastuff.com has them.
Check out my website: www.vintagescubastuff.com

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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:04 am

I'll consider it, but I kinda like the bare-bones aesthetic it has like this for now, call me a heretic. :P

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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Wed May 03, 2017 2:01 am

Hi Folks, just opened the Avalon Diving History Exhibit in the world famous casino building here in Avalon on Catalina island.. opened this weekend and had over 400 folks come through. I'm using the venue as a fundraising venture for the Marine Animal rescue (MAR) program that I head up here on the island.
MAR is a 31 year old Los Angeles County based organization which expanded its area of responsibility to include Catalina Island. I figured why not put my collection to work to help educate folks about vintage diving, the equipment and the people and at the same time get the message out about our work to save compromised whales, dolphins, sea turtles, seals, sea lions, shore birds, island fox, snakes, raptors and deer... we have responded to 648 animals in just over four years.. but I thought many of you would just enjoy the gear.
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Wed May 03, 2017 4:06 am

casino room and lights camera action
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Wed May 03, 2017 4:08 am

a few more shots
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Wed May 03, 2017 4:09 am

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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Wed May 03, 2017 4:22 am

mid 50's triple set from the US Navy. had a tough time figuring out where they came from then one night watching the old sci fi classic "It came from beneath the sea" low and behold, this style of rig is highlighted as divers leave the submarine to take on the monster.. good use of 1940's B-17 pilot's 02 bottles converted into scuba use.
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Wed May 03, 2017 7:08 am

Is this a display for a museum or local show? More details would be appreciated. Thanks for sharing the pictures :)
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Wed May 03, 2017 7:30 am

Bryan wrote:Is this a display for a museum or local show? More details would be appreciated. Thanks for sharing the pictures :)


Doesn't the 5th post (the lead in to the pictures) above yours answer this question? You got distracted by the sweet pictures..... kind of like a kid with a Playboy....
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Wed May 03, 2017 11:09 am

Great display of your gear, and a great cause helping out the marine animals in-need :D
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