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WTB - USD/La Spirotechnique buckle

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by scuba-flea, Dec 29, 2019.

  1. scuba-flea

    scuba-flea Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Kansas City, Missouri
    Just curious if anyone has a USD/La Spirotechnique buckle kicking up dust in a corner or a closet they want to get rid of. Thanks

  2. 2TH DIVR

    2TH DIVR ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

  3. Sunn

    Sunn Barracuda

    If you haven't find yet, I have one, not used for years...
  4. John C. Ratliff

    John C. Ratliff Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Beaverton, Oregon
    I have two of those, and have used them quite a few times over the years. What no one tells you is that your photo is upside-down. This buckle is incomplete as there is also a metal loop designed to fit into the buckle's clip slot on the bottom. That is for the crotch strap of the scuba unit. When this buckle was designed, the La Spirograph scuba units did not have waist straps, only the crotch strap, which hooked into the weight belt buckle. The shoulder straps hooked into the Scuba tanks lower too, so as to stabilize the scuba unit in the water. Watch Cousteau's "World Without Sun" and see Cousteau enter the Starfish house and take off has Scuba. You'll see him unlatch the crotch strap and swing out of the shoulder straps with one of the Oceanauts holding his four-cylinder Aqualung. Watch at 8:30 in the video to 9:00, and you will see Cousteau as he will take off his Aqualung, then take off the weight belt; no waist strap used.


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