For many, a huge attraction to any sub-genre of watch collecting is the community which forms around it. Rolex and Patek collectors, with their relatively recent mainstream appreciation, cover the spectrum of humanity. Some of the very best of us, some . . .well, not. When a marque becomes synonymous with luxury itself bad things can happen. On the other hand, I have found Enicar people to be almost without exception lovely. If you’re looking to zero-in on a collecting journey that will be enjoyable, not ruinously expensive, and feature some of the very best underrated pieces around, this is my commission-free pitch to go Enicar.
The Sherpa Graph was Enicar’s automotive, aviation, and lightweight-watersports offering. Stirling Moss and Jim Clark were strapped with Enicar Sherpa Graphs whilst Jack Heuer and Steve Mcqueen were metaphorically in diapers. Brand ambassadors in this watch’s domain don’t come stronger. The model sustained Enicar through the 60s in full, until production ceased in 1970 in the looming Quartz Crisis. It incorporated a 40mm EPSA compressor case with bayonet lock and Valjoux 72.
This Mk2(a) was introduced in 1963 and though not limited, very few survive in strong condition today. Total production is estimated at just 1000 examples. It featured the delicious silvered subdials, red chrono hand, Saturn logo, and squared-off tritium handset. The Mk2 is also the only Sherpa Graph reference to feature a distinct seapearl logo.
This example has many strong points but I’d like to begin with the dial. It is common to see this silver subs quite rusted with the printing degraded. Not so here. Its deal is overall very well preserved and the same can be said of the cream tritium applications. The case is strong with faceted lug transitions still sharp. It comes from a well-regarded small retailer out of Japan.
Find this Mk2 Sherpa Graph here from Timeanagram for ~9850 USD.