WATCH SPECS Maker: Enicar Model: Sherpa Divette Reference: 100/216 Year: 1959 Material: Stainless steel Dimensions: 36mm diameter; 12mm thickness Crystal: Plexiglass Lume: Radium Caliber: Enicar self-winding caliber AR 1125 Bracelet/Strap: Beige veal leather strap Lug Width: 18mm Box/Papers: N/A Note: No guarantees of water resistance because of its age. ABOUT THIS WATCH In the early 1900s when young Artiste Racine wanted to follow in the footsteps of his famous watchmaking family and start his own brand he had to come up with a unique name other than his own because, of course, the Racine name had already been trademarked. So in what has become a great example of a simple and creative solution to a distinctive problem, he conveniently chose the name Enicar which is just his surname in reverse (naturally, his wife thought of the idea). By the time WWII ended, Enicars production had expanded to over 70,000 units and growing while the 1950s saw technological achievements such as a chronometer certification as well as producing movements cleaned by ultrasound which would require less oil throughout the life of the watch.
Their biggest achievement in that decade though, was the launch of the Sherpa line of watches, which was originally conceived from sponsored mountain expeditions much like the Rolex Explorer, but eventually evolved into a smorgasbord of over 100 different Sherpa models designed for different purposes. One of these such models, the Enicar Sherpa Divette, was one of the most popular models created and is the smaller version of the Sherpa Dive 600, which was designed for deep underwater dives during the same time the United States Navy (USN) first documented enriched oxygen gas procedures for military use of what is today called nitrox. With the technical and commercial success of the 41mm Sherpa Dive, Enicar designed a more fashionably versatile and wearable version with the Divette at an ideal 36mm. With a quirky but charming and useful design, this watch is clearly reminiscent of dive watches of the late 50s and 60s and wears beautifully on the wrist. It has obviously been well-loved and worn, but not at all abused as it is in great honest condition for its age.The edges of the case are still sharp while the bezel has a nice even fade to it. All of the original radium lume on the dial and hands are intact and the dial maintains its original gloss finish, despite a few spots where radium dust is apparent. The caseback and original crown are in great working shape and the original crystal is decent but spidering. I would personally replace it, but Ill leave that up to the next owner. Having just been recently serviced, this superb watch is keeping time as well as any vintage watch should. As most dive watches are designed to be very large, here is your chance to own one that looks great on any wrist while having enough class to be worn with almost any outfit. Its yours for the taking. If you have any questions or would like more photos please contact me. The item "1959 Enicar Sherpa Divette Vintage Dive Watch" is in sale since Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
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