Brothers Egidio and Nanni Cressi start to handcraft the first masks and spearfishing guns. These are the origins of Cressi, the oldest scuba diving equipment company worldwide.
The first Cressi mask, The Sirena, was hand crafted in 1943. It remained in the catalogue, with various updates, for more than 30 years.
The Cressi company is officially founded in Genova, Italy.
In 1947 the first oxygen rebreather was produced; Aro AR47. It was already highly advanced and fitted with sophisticated technical solutions, like the condensation receptacle.
Pinocchio Mask, which makes equalization possible. It is a major innovation in the early’50s. It is the most famous and most sold mask in the world’s history, and it is still included in the catalogue.
Rondine Fins - Also in the field of fins, Cressi invented the model that has inspired all other manufacturers, the first floating model in the world.
Cressi athlete Mario Catalani wins the first spearfishing World championship and get the gold medal in Jugoslavia.
Cressi opened one of the first workshops that specialized in producing optical masks. Thanks to Cressi, even people with visual defects could now get full enjoyment of the underwater universe.
The Polaris 4 Professional regulator is introduced, a two-stage unit for the ARA, the air rebreather, equipped with a piston first stage and a second stage in chromed brass. The extraordinary robustness and the minimal need for maintenance soon make this regulator the favourite of divers all over the world.
Equi-vest - In 1970, Cressi was the first manufacturer in the world to produce Equi-Vest, a futuristic jacket that became one with the scuba tank, supplied by a hose that drew air directly from the first stage. This was the first incarnation of the modern BC.
Rondine L long fins - The world leader of molding rubber fins, Cressi developed the Rondine L long fins, which enabled Jacques Mayol to go onto achieve his astonishing freediving records.
Fins range - Alongside the various rubber fin models, a futuristic model was presented with a reinforced nylon blade,called the Rondine Gara, a fin that thirty years down the line is still going strong,and has been adopted by world class freedivers and spearfishermen the world over.
Jacques Mayol, the first man in the world to challenge the 100m barrier. He reached a depth of 105 meters. The episode has gone down in history, the record was obtained in the waters of the island of Elba in 1983.
Apache Arbalète - Cressi produced a complete range of Arbalete spearguns to join the pneumatic guns, called the Apache, which very soon became the Champion speargun in the world.
Cressi athlete Renzo Mazzarri wins the spearfishing world title in Italy.
Cressi continues its international expansion and the products are by now distributed in over 90 countries world wide.
Cressi Athlete Umberto Pelizzari sets the freediving “No Limits Absolute Variable Weight” World Record in Portofino (Italy) reaching the depth of 150 meters.
Big Eyes was the first mask in the world with raked lenses in an upside-down teardrop shape, an innovative form that gives the diver a complete view of all the equipment worn. They became the most widely copied and imitated mask in the world, a gratifying appreciation of how far ahead Cressi is in the design of its products.
The Leonardo dive computer watch is introduced, the first of the products designed in-house by Cressi Elettronica in order to guarantee optimum quality, safety and reliability.
The French freediving champion Guillaume Néry becomes a Cressi product endorser. The Giotto dive computer watch is introduced; it processes the data from repeat multi-day dives and dives with gas mixtures and also benefits from the Cressi RGBM algorithm. The Tracina wetsuit for spearfishing is introduced in a new and exclusive camouflage Dark Digital Specter Pat Cressi.
Hydrosports is the result of Cressi’s experience, consisting of tradition, innovation and quality, since 1946. With its close relationship to the sea environment, the Cressi team has been able to develop this new collection in response to the direct needs it encountered in practice and through water tests on its products.
Cressi introduce the Quantum mask, that offering enhanced downwards vision it avoids the fogging phenomenon through the internal thermoregulation of the warm, damp air exiting the nose. the body of the Quantum mask represents the most advanced design offered on the underwater vision market.
The Cressi company is still entirely owned by the Cressi family, which carries on with the same passion, the work started by brothers Nanni and Egidio Cressi. Its spirit lies in the manufacturing tradition, with a clear preference for the conception and realization of its products in-house, from the initial design through to the smallest details. Cressi focuses on those who love all facets of the aquatic world. The company has never exaggerated with successful products on the market, but has instead always invested in research and development to the benefit of quality and reliability, the evolution of materials.