Enicar Sherpa Super Divette Sold
Reference/Model: 707726 - 145/004
Case: All Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 36mm excluding the two cross-hatch signed
Function: Supercompressor Diver
Caliber: Enicar AR1145 Automatic
Strap: 18mm NOS Tropic Sport with correct
period Enicar original stainless steel buckle
The Racine family were already well-known in the watchmaking hub of Jura as early as the 1700s, and in 1870 Jules Racine manufactured pocket watches under the family name. By the time young Ariste Racine entered the family business and wanted to start his own brand, the name "Racine" was already trademarked. So he decided to turned it backwise and call his brand “Enicar”. Drawing from the needs of mountaineers and explorers, Enicar launched their Sherpa line, developing various sports models through the 1960s. Seapearl watches by Enicar were strapped to the wrists of the members of a Swiss expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest in 1956. Taking the name from the rugged, heroic Sherpa guides who escorted (and in many instances carried) European explorers to the summit, Enicar renamed their Seapearl line to Sherpa. During the 1960s, over 100 different models of Sherpa were released, for every conceivable sport. 1958 saw the launch of the Sherpa dive watches. Enicar adopted the SuperCompressor case design manufactured by Ervin Piquerez S.A. (EPSA) from the 1950s to the 1970s. The case design was used by many brands from Girard-Perregaux and Bulova to (perhaps most famously) Longines and Jaeger-LeCoultre. The SuperCompressor cases came in two sizes, 36mm (the Super Divette, featured here) and 41mm. In 1964, Enicar introduced the new two-crown models based on the automatic calibre AR1145 movement.
Enicar is a brand that has only recently begun to gain traction among the collecting community. This particular example is a 36mm Enicar Sherpa Super Divette that comes from first owner. The all stainless steel case remains untouched, in original condition. It is smaller than the 41mm Super Dive but in our opinion this model wears better on the wrist and it’s definitely rarer than its bigger brother. SuperCompressor cases are notable for their spring-loaded case backs, which actually tighten when exposed to higher pressures underwater. The dual crowns at 2 and 4 o'clock (one to set the time and the other to control the inner diver's rotating bezel) feature a distinctive cross-hatch finishing, over which many brands placed their logo. Along with the typical cross-hatch finishing on the crown, the case backs of SuperCompressor divers often bore EPSA's dive helmet logo. The tritum markers on the dial and the “Inverted T” tritium hands have evenly patinated. The lollipop seconds hand conserves an original bright red color that gives the watch a spark of brightness. Finding this red lollipop hands untouched and in good condition is quite difficult, though. The inner rotating grey ring is in perfect condition and contrasts beautifully with the minty gloss black dial. It comes with what could perfectly be an original strap combo: a NOS Tropic Sport strap with an original and correct period stainless steel Enicar buckle. The watch has been fully serviced by our professional watchmaker and runs smoothly and accurately.
In our honest opinion, this is the best example of an Enicar Sherpa Super Divette out there right now.