Up for sale is a very early and
completely unusual Full Face Deep Sea Diving, Band-Mask by U.S. Divers,
complete with communications, hood & spider, bottom mounted exhaust valve,
2nd stage regulator and chromed brass face port with mounting
hardware for welding shield.
This museum piece is missing a few
insignificant parts that are easily and often found right here on ; such
as, the adjustable nose press inner ear pressure equalizer, that presses
against the nose, inside the oral nasal cup; Also missing is the welding shield
The ear speakers are both present,
and still connected to the inside of the mask and are included.
This early version helmet hood and
mask combination is somewhat similar in many ways to the standard U.S. Navy
issued diving hoods; and as such, is a
part of diving history.
helmet mask hoods have been successfully used for many years by divers working
in shallow and uncontaminated waters. The unit is a rugged piece of equipment
of low volume which permits the diver to work in very confined quarters. The hood is fitted to the mask with a
heavy-duty adjustable clamping two piece ring with five cone shaped dogs for
attaching the “spider, or rubber five finger head strap harness assembly. The
straps are adjusted using holes in them and by hooking them over metal latching
dogs affixed to ring which in-turn clamps over the hoods lip and holds the hood
tightly to the mask. When so
adjusted, it holds the mask firmly in place so as to minimize any risk of
This outfit is
not equipped with quick-release buckles, however, the mask and hood can be
quickly remover with the use of the zipper running up the back of the hood.
piece of underwater diving history is not marked with any manufacturer
identification information, such as found on later issued U.S. Divers equipment.
hood could be used as a free flow by blocking off, or removing the 2nd
stage regulator and opening the hoods exhaust valve, as it’s equipped with an
air-control valve, or side-block..
You get the band
mask, hood, with exhaust valve, early version
side-block complete, as pictured;
however, the mannequin head is only for display and is not included in this
This is a
working helmet and was referred to by its previous owner as a “real money maker”.
It’s not a pristine show piece; it’s a working hat that proudly shows signs of
use but not abuse. This helmet was used extensively it the gulfs oil patch, and
made a lot of money for a lot of divers; so, if it’s a parade pony you’re
looking for, this ain’t it; this one’s a work horse.
If the mask hood
were to be used with surface supplied air the minimum air requirement (per U.S.
Navy Diving Manual) is 4.5 cfm @ 50 psi. A compressor capable of providing
clean, consistent air in reasonable excess of this amount is recommended.
As with all
diving equipment pre dive and post dive inspections should be carried out.
Check for proper operation of the 2nd stage regulator. Inspect the
frame, window, straps and buckles for wear or damage.
mask hood is of rugged construction, basic care should be exercised in its
handling and storage.
This helmet/mask is in as found
condition and came out of the estate of one of the largest diving companies
once operating in the South and primarily in The Gulf of Mexico. The mask has
not been cleaned; however, it appears to be in very good and highly presentable
condition. The rubber is soft, with slight minor cracking. This is common in
rubber items of this age.
This collector’s item should be given a prominent and permanent place in
a high end diving equipment collection, or museum, where it can be appreciated…
Look at the pictures, check what
other and lessor such items are going for and I’m sure you’ll agree that this one is a bargain, and
This item is a really cool piece of
Deep Sea Diving memorabilia. The item presents well and would make a great
addition to your collection...
The shipping USPS Priority Mail cost
is for the continental U.S. only; and, the overseas shipping cost will be
determined at the end of the sale.
If you need more photos, please
On May-15-13 at 14:40:07 PDT, seller added the following information:
If the mask is all original and is made of fiberglass, then it is a KMB18A
other wise known as a Heliox18A. 18B is current production. Only difference is
the sideblock. A block: rubber tube and under the shoulder, B block metal tube
and over the shoulder. US Diver's versions were plastic injection molded masks
either orange KMB10 or black MK1 Mod 0 (US Navy version)