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How many people love Vintage Equipment Diving ?

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by trapezus, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. trapezus

    trapezus Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Black Sea ,Trabzon,Turkey
  2. adairrj

    adairrj Angel Fish

    # of Dives:
    Location: Sao Paulo - Brazil
    Wow....very nice pictures!!!!
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  3. trapezus

    trapezus Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Black Sea ,Trabzon,Turkey
  4. trapezus

    trapezus Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Black Sea ,Trabzon,Turkey
    Hungary Vintage Diving in swimming pool ,Budapest
    Regulator: Baracuda
    mask : Match
    Fins : Voit
    Wetsuit: Aquarius sharkskin
    Diver: Adrienn

    Vintage diving 2014 - YouTube
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2014
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  5. David Wilson

    David Wilson Loggerhead Turtle

    Thanks for posting, Trapezus, a great little video presenting an interesting mixture of nationalities: A Hungarian diver with a German regulator (Barrakuda), a French mask (Match) and American fins (Voit), if the kit list at the end is to be believed.

    Over the vintage diving era, Hungarians had plenty of basic gear at their disposal, including the following fins:
    Balaton.JPG Balaton uszony1.jpg Najade

    !Bw)cGrgBmk~$(KGrHqF,!hsEv1+0Ew7oBMKi4C)0hQ~~_12.JPG Tihany retro-012_0.preview.jpg Martelon Triden

    The Balaton was made in Hungary, while the Tihany and the Triden were imported and rebranded from the GDR (Guwelin of Berlin) and the UK (Britmarine of Sandwich) respectively. The Najade, which also originally came from East Germany, is now made in Hungary and is now the only full-foot rubber fin approved for international finswimming championships.

    Can you tell us anything about the history of diving equipment manufacturers in Turkey, Trapezus? I know that Adalılar Kauçuk of Istanbul now uses Mares' original moulds to reintroduce the Italian company's Sea King and Concorde fins to a new generation of snorkellers and freedivers. What, for example, do you know about the Turkish diving equipment manufacturer Yilmaz, which used to make its own gear, such as the fins below:
  6. trapezus

    trapezus Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Black Sea ,Trabzon,Turkey
  7. John C. Ratliff

    John C. Ratliff Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Beaverton, Oregon
    The Balaton reminds me of one of the original Sportsways fins, which I got as a kid for my birthday. I didn't like them, and traded them for original Duck Feet, which I really liked and used for a long time.

  8. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    Dove vintage gear when it was new. I'll take my current stuff (well, much of it is 20-30 years old but I don't consider it vintage!). For those who enjoy diving the really old stuff, more power to ya!
  9. ElChe

    ElChe Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Hungary
    Great to see you shared this video! I confess I shot it a few days ago.:) The diver didn't had any experience with those stuff before, she wasn't sure how will she liked them. She had mixed experiences: the mask was quite uncomfortable for her, the small fins (I think this Voit is not the American Voit, I'll make some photos of it) was OK, the Barakuda regulator (I think it's originally a Spanish Nemrod marketed as Barakuda) worked fine after she was used to it, and she loved the sharkskin wetsuit, she said it was better than her modern one. She asked me to bring it to the next hot water trip.:) Diving without a BCD wasn't a problem at all, as a skilled diver she dived easily after proper weighting. In the summer we plan to do some open water dives as well, I have some more old equipment.

    I wrote a blog entry about the dive, you can see some photos there:
    Merülés a retróba - Big Blue Búvár Blog

    (I know it's in Hungarian, sorry.:) )

    By the way, there weren't real diving equipment factories, so here it was quite typical to have Italian suits, French regulators, etc.
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  10. trapezus

    trapezus Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Black Sea ,Trabzon,Turkey
    French Vintage Divers

    Lucien Nguyen Van, Daphnée Minibulles, Laurent Courtois, Patrice Strazzera, Pierre Franck, Dominique Roddier ve Lau Lau

    10371464_10202034488584106_8154742565568157264_n.jpg Claude Michaud 10382538_885016104845506_217556390069737167_o.jpg 10272649_885015621512221_5601350445838481345_o.jpg 10295307_885016434845473_4926635181075394348_o.jpg 10353539_885014341512349_3346566551177317044_o.jpg
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    Last edited: Oct 29, 2014
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