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SEA HUNT Memorabilia
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Sony / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has made SEA HUNT available at major DVD retailers.  Do not confuse these DVD's with the poor quality pirate DVD's offered on some websites.

The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Trivia Guide is the most referenced SEA HUNT trivia source in the world.

SEA HUNT Memorabilia is held and sold by lots of collectors and many SEA HUNT fans.  Memorabilia regularly appears on the market and is often found on the popular auction websites.  Consider how you might begin or add to your collection.

Before You Ask The Scuba Guy for an Appraisal . . .

Some years ago, The Scuba Guy quit making appraisals of SEA HUNT collectables because the person asking was often offended by the response.  In spite of the fact that they asked The Scuba Guy, and that The Scuba Guy has some feel for the answer, The Scuba Guy was automatically wrong if the appraisal was under the value that they personally placed on the item.

Something is worth what someone is willing to pay for it.  Demand, quantity that exists, availability, condition, age, speculation of these factors in the future, and the collector's desire to possess the item all enter into the item's "value".  The collector's sentimental feelings have little to do with these factors other than to affect the level of desire to possess the item.
 
Anytime you purchase something for more than the "practical value" of the item, you should be extra careful to see how much the market really values the item.  On the other hand, if you want the item more than the cash is worth to you, then buy it.  To a real collector, the value may be priceless.
 
You should watch several of the auction websites for a while and see if you can determine a reasonable market value for any item you plan to buy or sell.  Remember that the real value at the moment is the actual price sold, not the asking price. 

"The Greater Fool Theory" applies when you are willing to pay more than the "practical value" of an item because you believe that there will always be "a greater fool" than you that is willing to pay you more than you paid for the item.  This may be the most risky reason to justify in your mind paying more than the practical value. 

Memorabilia may be divided into the following categories:

SEA HUNT Promotional Products
SEA HUNT Authentic Original Film Prints
SEA HUNT Episode Copies
SEA HUNT Identical Scuba Gear
SEA HUNT Show Props & Bridges Personal Items
SEA HUNT Travel Tour

The largest known private collection of Sea Hunt memorabilia in existence belongs to the owner of a dive center in Ontario.  This collection is said to include a copy of every episode of the show (many on original film stock), many original scripts with actor notes in the margins, and some personal items from Bridges himself.

Numerous fans have collected all 155 episodes of the show on VHS tape and 'PC-burned' DVD's.  Sony / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has made SEA HUNT available at major DVD retailers.  Do not confuse these DVD's with the poor quality pirate DVD's offered on some websites.

Fans have collected SEA HUNT pinball machines and SEA HUNT board games.  Fans are proud of their Egin Canteen and Rolex Submariner watches and their Voit Regulators.  Fans have sent The Scuba Guy Emails about their chance conversations with Bridges and the autographs they have saved.  Fans collect celebrity photos and autographs of the guest stars that appeared on the show.  Fans collect magazine articles and stories about SEA HUNT.  Just visiting some of the SEA HUNT related locations described in The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide have given many fans a big thrill.

The Scuba Guy just recently received a letter from a fan that acquired several boxes of well-preserved SEA HUNT Memorabilia, including pictures, type-written scripts, and signed diver patches.  So, this stuff is still out there, maybe in your grandmother's attic.

Estimates are that more than 1,000,000 fans took up recreational Scuba diving because of becoming interested in the sport while watching SEA HUNT.  It's easy to do, just contact your local dive center.

One fan in San Diego has acquired the boat that most fans agree was the "REAL" Argonaut, a 33-ft 1960 Trojan Sea Breeze model 346 Express Cruiser (Serial #1018).

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SEA HUNT Promotional Products are still in existence today in large numbers.

Fred Ziv negotiated a joint Voit-SEA HUNT professional Scuba product marketing promotion deal between AMF-Voit and Ziv Television Programs.  Bridges acting contract included required compensated endorsements and appearances in promotional advertising and product labeling.  Today, a vendor is selling the Voit - Lloyd Bridges - SEA HUNT magazine advertisement in a protected, removable Mylar sleeve mounted with a 9" x 12" custom cut mat in a frame.  This is not a promotional product but is the advertisement about these Voit products and has become collectable.

Some divers are actually still using the Lloyd Bridges - Voit Tarpon Swim Fins!  Voit sold professional products including SEA HUNT Inflatable Boats, SEA HUNT Scouting Sleds, SEA HUNT Masks, Snorkels, and Fins and the SEA HUNT Underwater Message and Marker Kit.  These are not the models that necessarily appeared on the show but they did originally appear on the market at the same time the show was first aired and during early re-runs of the show.  Bridges actually used the A6 Voit Viking swim fins on the show.

Non-professional Scuba products marketed under the King Neptune name and "Recommended by Lloyd Bridges" include the Catalina, Coronado, Olympus, Panoramic, and Waikiki diving masks, various snorkels and fins, the Sea Bed Marker and Signal, Knife, Ear Plugs, Nose Plugs, the Underwater Searchlight "Aruba".  The King Neptune line was documented in a color 14-page retailer brochure (also worth collecting).  King Athletic Goods also marketed the "Lloyd Bridges Dolphin Spear Gun", the "Lloyd Bridges Barracuda Spear Gun", and the "Lloyd Bridges Stingray Spear Gun".

There is a promotional SEA HUNT key chain good-luck coin that The Scuba Guy had as a kid and tossed in the trash.  These coins were given out buy Ziv employees as keepsakes and were often included in promotional packaging with SEA HUNT Scuba gear.

SEA HUNT games were licensed.  Tower Press in England sold SEA HUNT Jigsaw Puzzles.  Allied Leisure Industries produced the first SEA HUNT Shakerball pinball game.  Merit made the SEA HUNT board game.  The Lowell Toy Manufacturing Corporation made the SEA HUNT Underwater Adventure board game.

Other items include the SEA HUNT Mini-Viewer and Film Strips, and various cheap SEA HUNT watches.

There were boxed SEA HUNT "Sweet Cigarettes" from Barratt & Company Ltd., London that contained 10 candy "cigarettes".  Don't laugh, in January 2007, The Scuba Guy saw a box of these with the 10 "cigarettes" sell for $50 at an auction.

Bridges narrated the "Hear How to Skin Dive" LP record.  Unlicensed CD copies of this record are available.  A friend of The Scuba Guy at NAUI has tried to make a licensed CD version available but has been unsuccessful locating the license owner.

There was a scuba instruction book "Mask and Flippers, The Story of Skin Diving" by Lloyd Bridges as told to Bill Barada.  The first US hardcover edition (1960) was published by Chilton Company in, Pennsylvania.  The book came with a dust jacket, black & white photos, and had 190 pages.  A copy with a dust cover in good condition is rare.  A British edition (1961) was published by W.H.Allen in London.  A soft cover edition (1961) was published by Cornerstone Library in New York.

There were thirteen SEA HUNT four-color comic books published by Dell Publishing Company.  Fans that subscribed to the SEA HUNT comic book series were mailed the comic book folded in-half lengthwise.  Some fans would buy another fresh un-folded copy at the newsstand for 10 or 15 cents to keep. #1 (928) 1960, Mike Nelson loved danger, and he found it...DEEP DOWN!  #4 1960, Mike Nelson doubles for a movie star and becomes marked for diaster.  #5 Apr-Jun 1960, Mike Nelson tangles with enemy agents on a top secret operation underwater!  #6 Jul 1960,  Mike Nelson battles a greedy man for the underwater treasure of the Mayas!  #10 Sep 1961, A game of pirates almost turns a treasure hunt into tragedy!  There is a Mexican version of these comics "Domingos Alegres, El Investigador Submarino".

There was one SEA HUNT coloring book published by Artcraft.

A 210-page hardback book titled SEA HUNT (authorized edition based on the television series) was written by Cole Fannin, illustrated by Gerald Hannah, and published by Whitman (1960).  There is a hardback SEA HUNT T.V. Bumper Book (1960).

In the Transportation and Travel Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair was a SEA HUNT exhibit with a recorded narration by Lloyd Bridges.  The Underwater Grotto Theatre was billed as "The World's First Underwater Dramatic Theatre".  There were SEA HUNT souvenirs including an Official SEA HUNT Souvenir Program.  Bridges was available for autographs on "opening day" and signed a number of these programs.

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SEA HUNT Authentic Original Film Prints on 35mm or 16mm positive film stock are in reasonable abundance for the demand.  These prints may be the actual source material syndicated affiliates used to broadcast the shows to TV viewers.  In any case, authentic original film prints have been printed directly from the Ziv masters that are now owned by Sony / MGM.

Authentic original SEA HUNT prints should include commercial-break countdowns, an internal "SEA HUNT tag", a "Lloyd Bridges tag" at the end of the show telling the viewer to tune-in again next week, and be on Eastman Kodak Safety Professional positive film stock or Dupont Safety positive film stock.  Kodak places a date code on their positive film stock that can be of further use to authenticate the print, but be aware that Kodak date codes repeat every 20 years.

To be considered in near mint condition, the physical condition of the film should have no splices (not even at the commercial-break countdowns), look like the film might not have ever been projected, and be completely free of Vinegar Syndrome.  The Scuba Guy would appraise an authentic original Black & White SEA HUNT print in near mint condition between $75 and $150 for 16mm, $175 to $350 for 35mm.  Other projectable original prints, good copies, and good kinescopes are worth about $25-$50.  One of the color prints used to shop the pilot would require a public auction to determine its value.

Possession of these prints does not imply license for broadcast.  The prints may not be exhibited where any admission, cover, or mechanical operating charges are made.  Duplication is prohibited, of course.

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SEA HUNT Episode Copies are floating around in a variety of formats and is another way of collecting a sort of memorabilia.

Many fans like to collect all 155 episodes of SEA HUNT on VHS video cassettes and DVD's.  Fans have Emailed saying that they printed a copy of The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Episode Guide and checked-off the each episode as they collected it.  Later, they added their own notes about each show to the guide for their own reference.
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During the early 1980's, a few episodes of SEA HUNT were being sold to the public that were copied onto 16mm (on various film stocks and these are not authentic original prints) and on Kodak Super 8 Sound-Stripe® film from second generation 16mm prints.  All of the 155 episodes have been non-professionally transferred to medium quality VHS video cassettes (NTSC & PAL formats) and are currently available for sale from several sources.  There are non-commercially 'PC-burned' DVD (Digital PC/DVD format) copies.  All of the various-format copies of the two episodes that were shot in Color are being sold in Black & White.  These copies are not licensed and The Scuba Guy does not recommend the purchase of these copies.  Sources can be found easily enough on the web.

In 1981, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquired United Artists including its film and television divisions and their libraries and in 2004, a Sony lead consortium acquired MGM.  Today,  the Sony / MGM Home Video® division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer licenses SEA HUNT film, VHS, LaserDisc®, and DVD rights.  There is one episode Ziv #1.4, "Mark of the Octopus" Original Release Date: February 1, 1958, Color commercially copied, licensed, and available on VHS and DVD and presented in Black & White.  MGM Home Video now sells all 155 episodes in high quality on DVD.

No Pioneer LaserDisc® (North American Phillips CAV/CLV/CAA LaserVision® formats) versions of SEA HUNT have ever been 'printed'.  No licensing agreement ever existed for the short-lived RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc® (CED format) and no discs were ever 'pressed'.  No Sony BetaMax® (Beta VTR format) tapes were ever commercially 'dubbed'.  No licensing agreement ever existed for the short-lived Toshiba HD DVD and no discs were ever 'printed'.  No HD Blu-ray Discs have ever been 'printed'.

Making copies of the show and selling these copies is a copyright infringement on rights owned by Sony / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Possession of these prints does not imply license for broadcast or public exhibition.  The prints may not be exhibited where any admission, cover, or mechanical operating charges are made.  Duplication is prohibited, of course.

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SEA HUNT Identical Scuba Gear is available in various stages of repair and may be considered as another form of collecting SEA HUNT memorabilia.  Many dive centers are willing to repair and restore this gear.  Some divers just like to own the same brand and model of Scuba gear that Bridges used in SEA HUNT.  There are clubs that specialize in diving with vintage Scuba gear and SEA HUNT gear is very popular with some of these diving clubs.

During the first season of SEA HUNT, Mike Nelson used the green label Voit Lung, a non-balanced diaphragm single-stage regulator dating back to the 1950's.  It featured green hoses and a green straight mouthpiece.  In season 2, Nelson upgraded to the new Voit 50 Fathom non-balanced diaphragm single-stage regulator with gray hoses and mouthpiece, and a blue-painted brass housing (internally very similar to the US Divers DW "Stream Air" Mistral).

The Scuba tanks on most episodes were twin steel thirty-eight cubic foot AMF Voit Lung.  Other tank sizes and configurations are used in some shows including singles and even triples and quads!

Nelson wore the Sportsways Navy depth gauge with revolving numbers on his right wrist and an Elgin Canteen (model 18W8) in early episodes, next a two-tone yellow gold and stainless steel expanding-bracelet Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, and later the expanding-bracelet, rotating-bezel Rolex Submariner (model 6538) watch on his left wrist.  Nelson also wore a two-tone Rolex that may have been Bridges personal property during the shooting of the two pilot episodes.  The Elgin Canteen was widely worn by USN UDT divers.  It has a very distinctive appearance because of the stem cap and chain that looks like a canteen top.  The watch is smaller than most men's watches.  The two-tone gold and stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust models are naturally self-winding and waterproof up to 330 feet.  The Rolex 6538, the less expensive 6536, and the original 6204 are known to collectors as the "James Bond Submariners".  Rolex is a trademark of Roles Swiss.

Nelson wore a pair of dark blue (black heel) A6 Voit Viking "full foot" swim fins and a Voit oval mask.  The white Voit Viking ship logo is clearly visible on the top of the fins in several season 4 episodes.

Unsubstantiated claims are often made on auction websites that some piece of gear is like the one Bridges used on SEA HUNT.  A good example of this are the claims that a Puma "Frogman" dive knife was used on SEA HUNT.  Reputable antique dealers and auction houses would never make the "Lloyd Bridges used it on SEA HUNT" claim on a Puma knife.  There are several reasons to believe that Bridges used a Voit (U.S. Divers) "Vulcan" dive knife in many of the episodes.  Remember, Voit and Ziv Television Programs had a joint Voit-SEA HUNT professional Scuba product marketing promotion deal.  The Puma Frogman and the Voit Vulcan are similar looking knives with a protective guard over the finger-holds.  U.S. Divers and Australian Divers also sold the Vulcan knife under their brand names.  Most of the original knife sheaths are split or broken.  There are some recent copies of this knife also being sold.

In early episodes, Nelson carries a USN Mark II Ka-Bar combat knife issued for U.S. Navy and Marines.  The knife was made of 1095 carbon steel and Nelson's had an optional a synthetic Kraton handle (a non-slip rubber substitute for the standard leather) which was manufactured by The Union Cutlery Company.  This knife has no protective guard over the finger-holds.  The knife would have required regular lubrication to be used in saltwater.  Well over a million of these knives have been manufactured (and are still being manufactured) by several different companies over the years and should sell for about their practical value.

You should also know that Bridges and his stunt doubles actually used various other dive gear than suggested on this website in some episodes.  In spite of the Voit promotional deal, it was not always practical to use a Voit product in every shot for every actor.  Caution should be used if you are thinking about making this type of purchase, especially if you are thinking about paying more than the item's practical value.

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SEA HUNT Show Props & Bridges Personal Items  exist in very limited quantities and may bring formidable prices.

One fan in San Diego has acquired the boat that most fans agree was the "REAL" Argonaut, a 33-ft 1960 Trojan Sea Breeze model 346 Express Cruiser (Serial #1018).  But in fact, the Argonaut and Argonaut II names were also used on numerous boats that Ziv rented and used during the filming of SEA HUNT including a Chris-Craft and a 1955 wooden Eddy Craft.

A word of caution here.  Be careful of any claims that some item is the actual item Bridges is seen wearing on the show.  Bridges son Jeff is believed to be in possession of most of the serviceable gear Lloyd Bridges wore during the shooting of SEA HUNT including the Rolex Submariner wristwatch you can see him wearing on the show.  Since Bridges death in 1998, Jeff Bridges has often been photographed wearing the distinctive blue-dial Submariner on his left wrist.  On the February 3, 2011 episode of "The Tonight Show", Jeff Bridges told Jay Leno that he wears "my father's SEA HUNT watch that he gave me.  It calms me down ... I wear it every day".  In any case, it is very unlikely that very many of these items will ever come up for sale.  If these items are auctioned, they would most likely be represented only by a reputable and prestigious auction house, probably in New York City or London, that had the ability to authenticate each item's provenance and heritage and be willing to stand behind these claims in writing with their own reputation.

The engineless and mast less Argonaut boat prop used for process shots inside a Ziv United Artists Television sound stage in West Hollywood would be a fantastic find.  A set of balsa wood tanks used for topside shots of Bridges would be fun to see.  It's doubtful that these or many other original studio props still exist although some studio prop houses do claim to still have some SEA HUNT props that are authenticatable and for sale.

N1543VA 1944 Grumman JRF-5 "Goose" (N1543V, S/N B-41) flown by Richard Probert is seen in several episodes of SEA HUNT.  It was originally purchased by Avalon Air Transport from U.S. Navy surplus.  It's likely that this aircraft has been scrapped.  The aircraft or parts of the aircraft would make some fine SEA HUNT memorabilia.

Underwater props such as the remains of a six-seat twin-engine Piper Aztec PA-23-160 in SPID City or any small remains of the Scubasphere prop at Lyford Cay are best left undisturbed.  Take pictures.  Bahamian law likely covers any attempt at removal so don't call The Scuba Guy to bail you out of jail.

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SEA HUNT Travel Tour and photo shoot is a way of creating your own memorabilia.

Consider using The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Travel Guide and take vacations to the SEA HUNT related locations.  Take pictures and make your own SEA HUNT album and become part of your own SEA HUNT history.  Don't forget to send The Scuba Guy copies of your favorite photos.!

Learn to Scuba Dive and shoot underwater pictures of the cave Bridges swam through near Catalina or of underwater props such as the remains of a six-seat twin-engine Piper Aztec in SPID City and the remains of the Scubasphere prop at Lyford Cay in Nassau.  Scuba diving is a fun, safe, and rewarding sport that is easy to learn.  Contact your local dive center and tell them The Scuba Guy sent you.

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