Enicar Sherpa Super-DIVETTE Sold
Case: All Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 36mm excluding the two original signed crowns
Caliber: Enicar AR1145 Automatic
Strap: 18mm original Beads of Rice Enicar stainless
For your condition we put for sale what we would say it’s the craziest Super-Divette out there. But first, let us introduce you to the Racine family:
The Racine family was 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 back wise 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 Super Compressor 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 caliber AR1145 movement.
Enicar is a brand that has only recently began 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 angled case remains untouched, in original unpolished condition letting show its character. 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 the Enicar logo. The case backs of Super Compressor divers often bore EPSA's dive helmet logo, as this one also does. This one shows clearly all of the printings, something quite difficult on these as they tend to fade away or be polished out.
The tritium markers on the dial and the striped tritium hands have even patina, which matches along with that on the 60 minute triangle marker on the divers’ bezel. The triangular seconds hand conserves an original orange color that gives the watch a spark of brightness as it combines with the beautiful inner bezel colored in the same orange up to 45 minutes. This inner rotating bezel is in perfect condition and contrasts beautifully with the minty black dial.
It comes on the original BoR Enicar bracelet that just gives it a spectacular look.
The watch has been fully serviced by our professional watchmaker and runs smoothly and accurately.
In our honest opinion, this is the best and most beautiful example of an Enicar Sherpa Super-DIVETTE out there.