Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" meaning it comes with no original Enicar box or original Enicar paperwork. The watch comes paired on a 20mm leather strap. The watch is from Circa. 1967 and is in worn condition but is overall very good, as you can see from the photos. The watch comes with our 12-Months Non-Waterproof Warranty.
In 1914 founder Ariste Racine reversed his last name to create the brand “Enicar”. Their headquarters was in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland. Producing high-quality timepieces, his readable pocket watches were commonly used by European soldiers and railway crews during WWI. A new factory was built in 1930 in Bienne, Switzerland. In 1951 Enicar designed the Sherpa jet watches, which were supplied to the US Air Force during WWII. After the war, the Sherpa Collection entered the Asian market offering both advanced complications used in aviation and mountaineering. The 1956 Swiss Expedition conquered the summit of Mount Everest, equipped with Enicar chronometers. A member of the team, Ernst Reiss, praised the watch for its exceptional precision in extreme weather conditions. In 2014 Enicar celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Here we have a 1967 Enicar Sherpa Super-Dive 2342 with a 40mm stainless steel case. This Super Compressor case was made by the case maker Ervin Piquerez (EPSA). The tapered lugs have a lug to lug length of 49mm and a case thickness of 14mm giving the watch an impressive wrist presence. On the right side, we have a signed crown at 2 o’clock to adjust the inner bezel and a signed crown at 4 o’clock to adjust the time and date. A domed crystal sits above a grey and black dial. The inner dive bezel in grey is easily rotated by the 2 o’clock crown. Applied baton indexes have a line of luminance and a lume pip in Tritium. The baton hands are split down the center with a lume block near the top complemented by a tapered second hand with a lumed counterweight. At 12 o’clock we have the Enicar motif and at 6 o’clock Sherpa Super-Dive. On the reverse, a bayonet case back with the Sherpa 600 and EPSA clamshell with pearl embossed into it indicate the water resistance of the case. Enicar used a Bayonet style case back similar to the way a camera lens is attached to a camera to provide uniform pressure. They also referred to a different patent (Brevet) number than other compressor cases. EPSA ceased production around 1975. Inside an Automatic AR 1145 movement. The watch comes fitted on a 20mm leather strap.
It's not often we get the opportunity to purchase an all original and fantastic condition Enicar, especially one of the rarer references in this size! After a service and clean up it came back looking fantastic, original crystal has some hazing but we've left it original as this is a watch you shouldn't be going near water with anyway! If you've been after one, don't hesitate as they don't come up like this often.