Cressi is the oldest underwater diving company presently existing: officially, it dates back to 1946, when brothers Egidio and Nanni Cressi founded it, but already 8 years before that, in 1938, they had begun small-scale manual production.
So, the history of underwater diving itself is identified with the history of Cressi and many, many Cressi products have marked the evolution of this sport over the past sixty years, with a series of inventions and insights that were then followed by all the manufacturers.
Egidio and Nanni Cressi, two brothers with a passion for the sea, founded Cressi in 1946. Their enthusiasm contributed to the evolution and transformation of the world of diving into that fantastic sport that we know and practice today.
At first the structure was small and the products were all but handcrafted, entrusted to the hands and skill of the two brothers. One after another, all the products that have gone through constant improvements and evolvements to become part of modern history were created there. Egidio Cressi personally tried out and tested all the equipment and he then made sure that the changes suggested by the "field" tests were carried out. The sea trials, the value of experience, are still now unqualified principles of the company, applied to the simplest piece of equipment as well as the most complex ones.
Any new product, even though it is now computer designed and manufactured using machinery of futuristic technology, must pass the tests of long use in the sea before it receives the go-ahead for production. This is the philosophy of Antonio Cressi, who has been part of the company since he was a boy and who continues the tradition and passion of his father and uncle. With the same love for each product that is created and with the same capacity for self-criticism in the strict tests that he personally carries out in the sea. Today, Cressi is a company with 16,000 square metres of undercover space, state-of-the-art moulding machinery and robotised production systems. It has highly specialised technical offices, where all the new products are computer designed, with constant research into new materials and the proverbial strictness in the extremely severe tests and inspections.
It has branches in America, Spain and France and is distributed in a hundred or so countries all over the world, but it is a fully Italian-owned company - the only one of its size, at the moment. Naturally, this is a typically Cressi tradition.