1938Brothers 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.
1943The first Cressi mask, The Sirena, was hand crafted in 1943. It remained in the catalogue, with various updates, for more than 30 years.
1946The Cressi company is officially founded in Genova, Italy.
1946By the late 1940s, Cressi had in its catalogue a complete range of spearguns of varying lengths and strengths. The line included about a dozen separate models.
1947Aro AR47 - In 1947 the first oxygen rebreather was produced; it was already highly advanced and fitted with sophisticated technical solutions, like the condensation receptacle.
1948A wide range of masks were available for all needs: spearfishing, snorkeling and scuba ping.