When Bob Hollis explored Monastery Beach more than 50 years ago, he committed to developing innovative, reliable dive computers at first-rate value. In 1972, Bob founded Oceanic Worldwide. Today, his philosophy is woven into everything we create and is the foremost reason why our innovation continues to lead the dive industry.
“He went beyond everybody who was out there”
An instant commercial success, the DataMax was the first mechanical depth gauge with automatic digital timer capability. It propelled Oceanic to the forefront of dive equipment suppliers.
Two years after the success of the DataMax, the first air integrated digital dive timer was born. DataMaster 1 was the first product to feature an air pressure bar graph, and was followed by the DataMaster 2—the first air integrated dive computer, and the DataMaster Sport—the first to utilize an algorithm with DSAT data.
The design of dive computers changed after the release of the DataMax Sport. With a large, easy-to-read display, it was the first to introduce many features that are now standard on Oceanic computers, like our trademark color-coded tissue loading bar graph and variable ascent rate indicator. It was also the first modular “hockey puck” design and would go on to replace analog depth gauges in existing consoles.