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Enicar Sherpa Super-Divette 144-35-01, Mark.III, 1968
A beautiful example of a Mark III Enicar Sherpa Super-Divette reference 144-35-01from circa 1968/9. Originally from the collection of author of the excellent book 'Time for a change, Discovering vintage Enicar' via one of our favourite customers!
For those not familiar with the brand, Enicar watches are well worth seeking out due to their stunning designs and place in horological history. Established in 1914, Enicar were originally known for producing robust pocket watches during WW1. By the 1930's they had begun to produce wristwatches and over the coming decades would release a number of innovations and model lines.
In 1958 Enicar released their Sherpa line of dive watches with their innovative "Super Compressor" case design manufactured by Ervin Piquerez S.A. (EPSA). This famous design used a spring-loaded caseback that allowed the case to adjust its tightness depending on the pressure underwater. The design found wide spread adoption by many of the Swiss brands of the time including Girard-Perregaux, Longines and Jaeger-LeCoultre, to name but a few.
Moving into the 1960's, Enicar would go onto produce over 100 models of the Sherpa line for every conceivable sport and in 1964 released the first two-crown dive watch, the Super Divette 33 (predecessor of the Super Divette you see here).
The dual crowns at 2 and 4 o’clock are used to control the inner diver’s rotating bezel (top crown) and adjust the time (bottom crown). The crowns feature distinctive cross-hatch finishing associated with the EPSA cases.
As mentioned this particular example was originally from the personal collection of the author of 'Time for a change, Discovering vintage Enicar'. For anyone interested in vintage Enicar, I would highly recommend getting yourself a copy!
Whilst this example is no safe queen, overall the watch is in superb condition. The dial and hands are stunning and free from major marks. The 36mm case shows scratches commensurate with its age but retains good sharpness. The calibre 1145B movement is also running well.
Ultimately like so many Swiss brands, Enicar suffered during the quartz crisis and in 1987 filed for bankruptcy. Purchased by a Hong Kong investment company the brand still lives on and so does the Sherpa line of watches.
Fuelled by renewed interest in the brand, prices of vintage Enicar are rising quickly and we don't see any signs of that slowing anytime soon!
This truly is a wonderful watch and guaranteed to ignite your passion for vintage watches when you wear it. It really is the type of watch that you'll find yourself wearing in place of watches 10 times it price, such is the charm of this Enicar Sherpa Super Divette!
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|Case Size (excluding crown):||36mm|
|Strap/Bracelet Size:||6.5 inches (we can fit a leather strap if preferred)|
|Strap & Bracelet Condition:||Good|
|Box & Papers:||Our Own|
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