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While being still relatively unknown in the United States, Enicar is brand with roots reaching back into the 19th century Swiss clock making community of Granges near Le Chaux-de-Fonds. The brand's progenitor, Ariste Racine (who derived the name 'Enicar' from reversing his own last name) grew the company steadily into the 20th century when they receive wide acclaim for their robust pocket watches that became favorites among officers in WWI.
By the 1930s, Enicar was producing wristwatches and set its sites on building watches that could be worn in any environment. Drawing from the needs of mountaineers and explorers, Enicar launched their Sherpa line, developing various sports models through the 1960s. Among these was the Sherpa Guide, a beefy tool watch that incorporated date, GMT and 24-hour timing functions that, when used in conjunction with the world-time bezel, enabled the wearer to calculate the time in major cities across the world.
Though complex in looks, the Enicar Sherpa Guide is fairly simple to use. Let's you're in London and it's 2PM and you would like to know the time in San Fransisco. First, convert the local time to 24-hour time, making it 1400. Next, rotate the outer world-time bezel so that London (denoted on this bezel as GMT) lines up with the 14 on the inner bezel. Now, locate Los Angeles on the bezel and read the 24-hour time that lines up with it on the inner bezel, and voilà!
In addition to the world-time functionality, the Sherpa Guide has a standard GMT complication which, when used with the two tone (colored to depict daylight hours in yellow and nighttime hours in black) inner rotating bezel operated by the upper crown, allows the wearer to easily keep track of two time zones simultaneously.
We're always searching for interesting pieces of horology here at analog/shift, and we are happy to be able to dust off gems like this. A little colorful, a little crazy, this Sherpa Guide is exactly what we love about vintage watches - functionality and playful looks rolled up into a package that was designed for rugged every-day wear. This one is also a sort of time capsule; the contemporary cities of Yangon and Mumbai appear as their defunct names, Rangoon and Bombay respectively, a footnote that makes this watch a charming reminder of the past.
Stainless Steel super compressor-style case is approximately 43mm (excluding crowns). Swiss Automatic movement. Circa 1960s.
Overall Condition: The watch is in very condition throughout, with only very light signs of wear consistent with age. Case shows no overt marks or dings and no signs of over polishing. The matte black dial with applied Enicar logo is in excellent condition, showing a slight fade and a dark patina to the luminous material. Genuine Enicar handset is in similarly patinated condition. Inner rotation bezel printing is crisp and colors are bright. Outer bezel printing shows almost no wear. Original cross-hatched Enicar-signed crowns and case back.
Includes one 22mm steel link bracelet with signed clasp and two 22mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.