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Pioneering Saturation And SEALAB Diver Robert A. Barth Has Passed Away

Sad news out of Florida this week as incredible Navy jumper, underwater wayfarer, and resigned Chief Warrant Officer Robert “Weave” Barth died on Thursday, March 26th. While the conditions encompassing his passing have not yet been accounted for, some HODINKEE perusers will review that Barth was an observed Navy jumper. Having assisted with building up the U.S Navy plunge tables, Barth would proceed to become an individual from the Naval Experimental Diving Unit and, beginning in 1964, become the lone man to jump on each of the three SEALAB expeditions. 

The SEALAB program ran until 1969 and assisted with setting up a format and science for immersion jumping. What’s more, in it, Bob was not just instrumental in the execution of some genuinely challenging jumping, he is likewise credited with the grass-roots birth of the helium get away from valve and, through an extra however fitting turn of destiny, the Rolex Sea-Dweller. Back in 2012, Bob was sufficiently thoughtful to plunk down with our own Jason Heaton and recount the account of the Submariner he wore while jumping on SEALAB I and the time that one comparative SEALAB example was lost in the wake of a monotonous night in Rio de Janeiro. 

If you have missed it, it’s an entrancing story of the Navy working on without a doubt the forefront of plunging and a significant chapter in the advancement of the Rolex Submariner as an instrument on the wrist of a genuine ocean dweller. 

Rest In Peace, Bob. 

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