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poseidon8118
09-02-2007, 19:04
Iím just sitting here looking at all my old gear (because I just thru my back out this weekend) and ďbamĒ it came to meÖan epiphany (or itís the vicodin Iím on right now). Iím getting old and so is my gear! Well here it goes the three questions Iím pondering are as follows:

Please try to give years of availability.


1. What is the oldest regulator still in production i.e. Kirby Morgan Superflow, Conshelf 14, Scubapro G250, Oceanic Omega, etc?

2. What is the oldest serviceable regulator i.e. kits that are still available from the manufacturer?

3. What is the oldest regulator that you own?


Letís see how old you really areÖ


Please list all of your favorites right or wrong this should be interesting!

divinginn
09-02-2007, 19:13
i have a aqualung caylypso,early 70s? scubapro mk5 older one with two low pressure ports and thin yoke,and a later scubapro mk5 with 159 second stage that serves as my primary reg set.

poseidon8118
09-02-2007, 19:27
i have a aqualung caylypso,early 70s? scubapro mk5 older one with two low pressure ports and thin yoke,and a later scubapro mk5 with 159 second stage that serves as my primary reg set.

My oldest is a USD Conshelf XII from 1977 and a older Conshelf XIV 1979 or 80. Also have a Conshelf 21 and a Sherwood Maximus from 1995...see avatar.

PlatypusMan
09-02-2007, 20:23
Scubapro from the mid-1990s... and I'll be darned if I can remember which model it is... they say the memory is the first thing to go....

Still works beautifully.

Manny-R
09-03-2007, 16:05
last years model mares reg.

willardj
09-03-2007, 16:10
I have an Oceanic Delta 2 from when I got certified in '95. I still use it and It beath's like a champ.

Capt Hook
09-03-2007, 17:03
Oldest is a Conshelf 21, that I use for all my diving.

dmdoss
09-03-2007, 17:09
A 1968 model Dacor Pacer. I don't dive it, just have it for my collection.

cudachaser
09-03-2007, 17:57
Royal Aquamaster.....circa 1964

BSea
09-05-2007, 15:35
I have a DA aqua master and a Mistral from 1958 both pre serial numbers. The DA is shown in my avitar. They both work, and athough The Aqua Lung company from the 50's 60's & early 70's no longer exist, there are parts kits available, along with a few places that service these regs.

I also have 2 Royal Aqua Master regs. They are balanced versions of the DA. And they both work also.

You can see the older regs, and the parts available from these 2 sites.

http://www.vintagedoublehose.com/index.php

and

http://www.vintagescubasupply.com/index.html

cudachaser
09-05-2007, 16:29
I want to overhaul my Aquamaster someday! Loved that reg

DirtyWaterIL
09-05-2007, 19:54
The oldest regulator I have is a handful dacor pacer 2nd stages that i use for octos.

CaptainRon
10-10-2007, 04:32
The regulator I have and still use only has a big SW in the middle of the purge button. Cant find any other markings. I bought it used in 1979. I have always serviced it myself and it has been pretty bulletproof. Since I'm getting ready to upgrade my equipment, I guess I will finally be officially retiring it. I guess I should upload a picture so maybe someone can tell me what brand it is.

okidiver
10-10-2007, 09:10
Mk 7 with Balance Adjustable, Dacor Pacer (mid-80's), and MK 10 with Balance Adjustable. And all three reg sets work real good. THough I long since retired the Mk7 and Dacor Pacer, the Mk 10 is still getting a real good workout along with my Mares Proton Metal.

CaptainRon
10-10-2007, 20:49
Can anyone tell me if this is a Sportsways?

http://users.wildblue.net/bandera/diving/reg.jpg

http://www.focusontexas.com/diving/reg.jpg

marchand
10-10-2007, 21:47
I have a Dacor 460 with pacer xp seconds and a conshelf se2. I have no idea how old they are because they were my dad's and uncle's regs.

tbuckalew
10-11-2007, 14:11
Dacor IcePro balanced and sealed first stage regulator and matching second stage. Bought it new in '89 and still dive with it.

RoadRacer1978
10-11-2007, 16:48
Got a mares Nikos from mid 1990's. Earlier version of the Rebel I believe. Still my primary regulator.

telmnstr
10-13-2007, 15:52
Royal Aquamaster is my oldest one. Got it from eBay, it was in very mint condition. Bought a coupling to attach a safe second/BC inflator hose which works. Also bought a banjo fitting from vintagedoublehose, but so far I get leakage. I had to take the banjo to various local dive shops and Dive Quarters in Virginia Beach had all the adaptors. Everyone gave me very odd looks when I pulled out the banjo setup. I've taken it diving twice. First voyage was no octo, no SPG, nothing. Oral inflation of BC. I had my dive buddies pony tank setup just incase. 30+ years in the drawer, and the thing worked like a champ (It was in VERY VERY good condition). I will probably send it off for rebuild in Jan/Feb.

I also have an earlier scubapro on a full face mask made by some rare company called Widolf. It looks like a Kirby Morgan exo-26, only a bit more stylish. It's okay... but I find it a tad hard to breathe at some depths and what not. It's balanced but doesn't really feel it. Otherwise a comfy fit. It might be poor adjustment, I could try to change the crack point and see if it's out of tune.

I'm thinking about trying to pick up a low price red or yellow EXO-26 mask for my return to the quarry next year. I'm just not sure how much difference (problems) would there be getting a non-balanced version? They tend to be lower cost, and my goal is just to use it at the quarry for something different. Perhaps I will post this question in the regulators forum.

BSea
10-15-2007, 09:31
Can anyone tell me if this is a Sportsways?

http://users.wildblue.net/bandera/diving/reg.jpg

http://www.focusontexas.com/diving/reg.jpg
Yes, it is a Sportsways. I don't know the specific model, but that is definetly their logo.

bubble-head
10-15-2007, 19:04
I have my old Scuba Pro G250/MK 10 from the 90's as my primary and a G200 as my back-up. I've not had any motivation to update, since parts are still readily available and it works great. In fact, I just converted to DIN a short while back.

DirtyWaterIL
10-15-2007, 21:11
Iím just sitting here looking at all my old gear (because I just thru my back out this weekend) and ďbamĒ it came to meÖan epiphany (or itís the vicodin Iím on right now). Iím getting old and so is my gear! Well here it goes the three questions Iím pondering are as follows:

Please try to give years of availability.


1. What is the oldest regulator still in production i.e. Kirby Morgan Superflow, Conshelf 14, Scubapro G250, Oceanic Omega, etc?

2. What is the oldest serviceable regulator i.e. kits that are still available from the manufacturer?

3. What is the oldest regulator that you own?


Letís see how old you really areÖ


Please list all of your favorites right or wrong this should be interesting!



Not 100% sure but i believe the answer to #1 and #2 is the poseidon cyclon. The oldest eeg i own is a handful of pacer 2nd stages that I still use as octos. I have a bunch of dacor 1st stages as well but they have been retired.

robanna
10-16-2007, 11:50
Dacor Pacer.

ParrotheadDiver
10-18-2007, 09:27
I still have my first reg I bought three years after I was certified Dacor Pacer 900...had to retire it a few years ago....couldn't get parts to overhaul it any longer :smiley13: great reg...I still miss it

bversteegh
10-30-2007, 23:28
An Aqualung Calypso (?) I think - bought it in 1978. I used it until 2002; wish I had upgraded sooner as my new regulator is much better (doesn't breath wet).

BSea
10-30-2007, 23:30
An Aqualung Calypso (?) I think - bought it in 1978. I used it until 2002; wish I had upgraded sooner as my new regulator is much better (doesn't breath wet).Many times an older reg will breath wet if the exhaust diapham is old & stiff. If you still want to use your old reg, try replacing the diapham with a new silicone one.

BSea
10-30-2007, 23:32
On another note, I just bought a "NEW" conshelf 14 off of E-bay to go with my 14 that was made in 78. Not bad, a design that is at least 29 years old & still in production.

auvie
10-31-2007, 16:22
I have my father's Sherwood Blizzard reg, at least 25 years old. I just had it serviced and it is still going strong! The Blizzard is one of the best cold water regs you can get. I'm told that the technology used in first stage hasn't changed in all these years... if I were to buy a 2007 model Blizzard, the first stage would be nearly identical to my Dad's!

mobeeno
10-31-2007, 21:20
Oldest is a Conshelf 21, that I use for all my diving.

I had a Conshelf 21. Sold it because I wanted a new/smaller regulator. BIG MISTAKE!

Garrobo
10-31-2007, 22:11
I have a few Dacor Olympics and Pacers which I use regularly

ScubaJW
11-08-2007, 13:19
I bought Cyklon 300 for dirt cheap and appeared to be in a pretty good condition. So that would be my oldest regulator I ever owned.

BSea
11-08-2007, 13:27
I bought Cyklon 300 for dirt cheap and appeared to be in a pretty good condition. So that would be my oldest regulator I ever owned.Just out of curiosity, where did you get your reg?

chip104
11-08-2007, 17:36
I have a revamped Royal Aquamaster circa 1964-1966 that I got from vintagedoublehose.com. Bryan did a great job with it. I've tried it in the pool twice and love the double hose diving. I can't wait to get it into open water.

http://www.scubaboard.com/gallery/data/2696/thumbs/Royal_Aquamaster.jpg (http://www.scubaboard.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/83920)
http://www.scubaboard.com/gallery/data/2696/thumbs/dive_rig_3.jpg (http://www.scubaboard.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/83927)

captain
12-13-2007, 16:05
My newest regulator is a 1985 Scuba Pro MK V / 109, my oldest is a 1955 La Spirotechnique Mistral which is my favorite for shallow dives. In between I have a
U S Divers Conshelf VI,
Voit SwimMaster MR II,
U S Divers Aquamaster with Pheonix conversion (my hot rod)
U S Divers Mistral
Voit VR2 (my first ever regulator bought in 1957)
U S Divers U S Navy issued DA Navy Approved
Voit Little Gem
Healthways Scubair 300 with Sonic Reserve
All except the Voit Little Gem and the Healthway are useable.

Doug B
12-15-2007, 21:45
Just traded in my mares proton ice for a Oceanic Delta 4.... TODAY. That's my oldest setup - it's going on about six hours old.

:-)

danielh03
12-15-2007, 22:39
Just bought my first set ever.... so when it arrives next week from ST, then that will be my oldest set lol! Learned to dive on an old dracor

navyhmc
12-16-2007, 00:49
Circa 1968:
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d48/Navy1288/NemrodSharkII.jpg
And my first regulator circa 1974-SPG's weren't that widely available back then-This regulator had a variable J-valve. The deeper you went the higher the PSI shut off was.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d48/Navy1288/NemrodMeteor.jpg

mobeeno
04-19-2008, 12:08
I have a Conshelf XIV they still make em today and still can get the serviced.

DougNR
04-20-2008, 12:37
US Divers Aquarious. I picked it up while serving in the Philipines. 1973 I think. Still works, but it's just a conversation piece. This is back in the day when my pony was an old life raft co2 inflation bottle. Still have that too!

Crimediver
04-20-2008, 12:54
Oldest US Divers is a 60's Double hose is a Mistral. I have a 67 double hose DA Aquamaster with a Phoenix conversion.

Oldest Voit is a 60's Voit Fifty Fathom double hose with a blue painted can. It is the same model used by Mike Nelson in his second season of Sea Hunt. I also have an old MR-2 single hose.

Oldest Dacor is the Dacor Dart. It was the first single hose produced by Dacor. This is also the first reg I ever breathed off of.

I have a bunch of old early Conshelfs, including a Conshelf 6 military non-magnetic reg used by EOD teams. It is Vietnam era.

All but the MR-2 and Dart I still dive and some breath as well as or better than my tech regs.

This should be an interesting thread...

TN Traveler
04-20-2008, 15:49
I have a 1958 DA Aquamaster that I dive occassionally - pre serial numbers from West Pico Ave and a 1959 DA Aquamaster with a Pheonix Nozzle that I dive regularly.

I also have an earlier Mistral and a Broxton DA that are "display" pieces - both mounted on tanks (1 single and 1 doubles) that are early 60's vintage - with J Valve(s) and backpacks.

frogman159
04-20-2008, 16:56
oceanic GT3 purchased last week :)

nashwl
04-21-2008, 14:14
Nothing too old for me, lol. My reg and octo are under a year old, I just bought a new Z2 octo (hasnt been in the water yet) and gave my old to my sis. My dad however has a U.S. Divers Conshell? from the 1980s. He still uses it. It doesnt work as well as my new stuff of course, but I would say he has more than got his moneys worth from it!

DUnder
04-22-2008, 13:33
1 1/2 year old Apeks ATX50. I only have been diving 2 years.