Explore the History of Cressi Dive Equipment

Headquartered in Italy, Cressi is one of the oldest names in diving equipment, the oldest manufacturer in activity, with more than 70 years since the first steps, data in 1938, and with a portfolio that covers almost all the needs of divers.

The Unique History of Italy in Diving Technology

The Italian Cruiser Armando Diaz, a heavy unit of the Regia Marina, with 5.000 tons, sailing peacefully towards Tripoli in the early hours of day February 25, 1941 in long-range escort mission to three separate trains. Did you have the Cruiser Giovanni dalle Bande Nere, the destroyers Ascari and Corazziere?

At night, the crew knew be in combat mission, with all the dangers, but the guards were unable to detect the British submarine HMS Upright that fired a salvo of torpedoes. One of them hit the Cruiser at 3:43 in the morning, sinking it in 6 minutes with more than 600 men of her crew dead.

Would be in 2005 that the wreck would be visited by Charles expedition, sponsored the Cressi.

The Italy has a history unparalleled in the world of diving: in the 15th century, Leonardo da Vinci was the first to mention and to design air tanks for underwater breathing, while already in the 16th century, Guglielmo de Lorena dive in the galleys of Caligula with a Diving Bell designed by Leonardo.

In the 30 years of the 20th century, the spearfishing has become quite widespread in the Mediterranean, with the Italian sportsmen to spread the use of rebreathers Davis, with such success that the Italian Navy created a special flotilla of frogmen, who would have resounding successes during the war looming, getting to the legend the attack the battleships Queen Elizabeth and Valiant in Alexandria. A repeat of feat of 1918, when Raffaele Paolucci and Raffaele Rossetti stormed the port of Pola and managed to put a charge under the underwater battleship SMS Viribus Unitis Austro-Hungarian.

Brief History of Cressi Dive Equipment

That’s why in this country in love with diving, long before their use of war, the brothers Egidio and Nanni Cressi produced the first handmade masks for underwater fishing, in 1938. The company would however be formed only in 1946.

In 1947 the first rebreather Cressi, Aro AR47, including condenser and later in 1952 the Cressi scuba mask with the nose opening for Pinocchio allow equalization, and which is still in the catalogue currently, although greatly improved and to become the best selling dive mask in the world.

50 years would be without doubt a great Decade for Cressi, with the invention in 1953 of the fins Rondine, which would influence all later designs, the adoption of the rim AR57b by the armed and security forces in 1957, and of course, Mario Catalani won the first World Championship of underwater fishing, in the same year in Yugoslavia, in the service of Cressi. Terry Lentz would never win a world title in 1959.

Further wins followed in 1960 and 1963, both to Bruno de Otero Eze.

Cressi product range continues to expand in this decade, but in 70 years the Italian brand back to have some “first”, as the first production of Equi-Vest, vest was the oxygen tank, equipped with a hose to suck the air right out of the first stage. It was also in 1970 that the 5S, the first Polaris balanced two-stage regulator. During the years 80 continued victories in underwater fishing Championships, this time with Renzo Mazzarri in 1987 and 1989, a feat repeated in 1992. In 1999, Umberto Pelizzari beat world records in free diving. “Absolute Variable Weight without limits” and “constant weight”, winning again in 2001 in the “Variable Weights”.

In Chile, in 2004, Stefano Bellani would win the World Championship of underwater fishing, the 12th title of a Cressi. During the year 2000 the mask Cressi Big Eyes appeared, revolutionizing the world of diving, thanks to sloping teardrop-shaped lens reversed, which provide a more comprehensive insight to the athlete.

Deep entry in the electronic age, the Cressi also has numerous electronic equipment for scuba diving, including dive computers, but certainly where the range of diving masks and vests Cressi. The diving suits Cressi, also has a wide variety, including both for man and for woman, in wet suits, semi-dry suits and dry, for conditions ranging from warm to cold waters, diving suit case Drylastic or Alaska.

Almost 80 years after its Foundation, Cressi remains an essential name in scuba diving, spearfishing, snorkeling and swimming.

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