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Sherpas are known for their rugged and heroic natures. As mountain guides in the Himalayas, they escort (and in many cases, carry) European explorers to the summit of Mt. Everest. In such a punishing environment, where setting one foot wrong could end in death, native Sherpas have made a reputation for themselves as indispensable elements of any Everest expedition.
Such rugged dependability lends itself to watches of a sporting nature, and Enicar—a brand known for its chronometer-grade timepieces—bestowed that name to a line of watches in 1956, serving at once as marketing tool and as a sign of respect to these quiet heroes of alpine exploration.
Enicar had earned a reputation for crafting watches that could be worn in any environment; and after Sir Edmund Hillary’s triumphant summit of Everest in 1952, Enicar turned its sight to the roof of the world.
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.
The 1960 introduction of the Sherpa Graph established a relationship between Enicar and racing. Large, at 40mm, the dial of the Sherpa Graph was legible enough to suit the needs of drivers. Ads touting its release featured F1 driver Stirling Moss saying, “The Enicar Sherpa is definitely the watch I have always wanted.”
And Jim Clark, regarded by lovers of the sport as perhaps one of the all time best drivers who ever took to the track, loved the Sherpa Graph as well.
The Sherpa Graph coupled a SuperCompressor “bayonet” case manufactured exclusively for Enicar by Ervin Piquerez SA (known for their much sought-after dive watches) with the redoubtable Valjoux 72 hand-cranked chronograph movement, which Enicar adjusted itself.
Uniting it all was a bold, distinctive style, with a “reverse panda” dial configuration which Enicar modified to suit its particular style. Little details like the chamfers on the applied hour markers, as well as the way the chronograph registers at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock touch the indices, really drive home with just how much care and attention the brand infused each product.
In recent years, collectors have rediscovered the quality and allure of Enicar's offerings, making quality examples highly sought after. Thus particular example is a true beauty, and will undoubtedly become a favorite for its next owner!
Stainless steel case is approximately 40mm (excluding crown). Valjoux Calibre 72 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement. Circa 1960s.
Overall Condition: Case is in strong condition overall, showing light normal signs of wear from age and use. Dial is in very good condition with signs of age and patina. Signed crown.
Includes one 20mm grey two-piece nylon strap.
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