fbpx

A password will be e-mailed to you.

Diving helmet chic from Milwaukee's Third Ward.

It takes over a month, and the hands of at least six craftsmen from Diving Equipment & Supply (DESCO), to create this “Mark V” diving helmet – a style first produced in 1942 that has become the Third Ward company’s most popular model. “Iconic” even, says owner Christian Koellner.

This 68-pound helmet is just one the many styles DESCO makes, but the brass-and-copper beauty has gotten some extra attention over the last 70 years.

All military branches have a supply of them (they were decommissioned by the Navy in 1984) and a version was produced for Cuba Gooding Jr.’s diving biopic Men of Honor. Today your best chance of seeing one in person is to find a discerning collector (or fork over roughly $7,000).

‘Air Head’ appears in the April 2016 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

Find the April issue on newsstands beginning March 28.

Be the first to get every new issue. Subscribe.

Comments

comments

RELATED  50 Photos from Our Beer & Cheese Event