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Enicar is a brand that has been picking up traction in the vintage watch market, but the quality of their watches certainly explains their recent popularity.
Driven by a desire to produce robust watches that could be worn in any environment, Enicar launched a line of wristwatches for the sporting gentleman and called it the Seapearl.
In 1956, members of a Swiss expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest strapped Enicar Seapearl watches to their wrists. Following that feat, Enicar renamed their Seapearl line to Sherpa. Over 100 different models of Sherpa were released, for every conceivable sport—above or beneath the waves, high up in the mountains, or cruising around the curves at your favorite local race track.
1960 saw the first Sherpa in chronograph form, the Sherpa Graph. With a large 40mm case (made especially for Enicar by Ervin Piquerez SA, or EPSA, makers of the SuperCompressor case), the Sherpa Graph was legible enough to be used by race car drivers. F1 legends Stirling Moss and Jim Clark wore Sherpa Graphs, the former even appearing in ads that proclaimed, “The Enicar Sherpa is definitely the watch I have always wanted.”
But the size, as well as the waterproof case, made the Sherpa Graph an ideal choice for another kind of sportsmen: divers.
So in 1966 Enicar released a new version of Sherpa Graph with a rotating bezel, a common feature of other dive watches. This feature allowed divers to “record either time elapsed or time available by setting the cursor and the bezel.” Enicar trumpeted the chronograph’s suitability for aquatic recreation, announcing in ads that it was “for men whose lives depend on it.”
Early versions of Aquagraph featured paddle hands like those found in the Sherpa Graph, which later transitioned to lollipop hands later in the model’s run. The bezel was also very similar to the bezel of the Sherpa Dive, with a red triangle at the 60 minute mark and numerals at 10, 20, 40, and 50 minutes; however, later on in the model’s run, the bezel gained numerals at every five minutes.
As with the Sherpa Graph, the Aquagraph came with a variety of dials, from the silver-on-silver to the white-on-black “reverse panda” configuration featured here.
And inside beats the ubiquitous (but still amazing) Valjoux 72, a robust hand-cranked movement that disproves the old adage “familiarity breeds contempt.” With over 750,000 units being sold, to it’s not hard to see why brands from Rolex to Fortis used the calibre. Nowadays, the presence of a Valjoux 72 within a watch’s case is a tremendous selling point.
Coming complete with outer box and pamphlet, this Aquagraph combines tremendous looks with a bonafide aquatic heritage, making it an ideal all-weather companion.
Stainless steel case is approximately 40.5mm (excluding crown). Reference 072-02-01. Valjoux 72 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement.
Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with sharp lugs and signs of moderate use and wear. Dial is in very good condition with patina to the luminescent elements. Signed crown.
Includes one 20mm black nylon strap.
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