Enicar Sherpa Dive Rubyrotor

Enicar Sherpa Dive Rubyrotor

Enicar is a brand that has only recently begun to gain traction among the collecting community, but the Racine family (cousins of the Gallets) were already making watches as early as the 1700s. In 1870 Jules Racine Sr started manufacturing pocket watches under the family name. By the time young Ariste Racine entered the family business and wanted to start his own brand, the name "Racine" was already trademarked.

His wife, Emma, suggested that he reverse the family name to "Enicar." So in 1914 Enicar S.A. was established in La-Chaux-du-Fonds. Ariste Racine, with the help of his brother Oskar, grew the company steadily into the 20th century.   

By the 1930s, Enicar was producing wristwatches, and set its sights on building watches that could be worn in any environment. In 1954 their Caliber 1010 achieved chronometer certification. Also, as Rolex did with the Explorer, Enicar turned its gaze to the highest peaks of the world. 

Drawing from the needs of mountaineers and explorers, Enicar launched their Sherpa line, and developed various sports models through the 1960s. Seapearl watches by Enicar were strapped to the wrists of the members of a Swiss expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest in 1956. Taking the name from the Sherpa guides who escorted European explorers to the summit, Enicar renamed their Seapearl line to Sherpa.

During the 1960s, over 100 different models of Sherpa were released, for every conceivable sport. 1958 saw the launch of the Sherpa dive watches. The next year, Enicar released an automatic movement, the Caliber 1125, which Enicar offered as a 33-jewel version they dubbed "Rubyrotor."

At 40mm this watch has all the makings of a solid diver, making it a great addition to a vintage collection. 


Stainless steel case is approximately 40mm (excluding crown). Enicar Self-Winding Movement. Circa 1960s.

Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition with sharp bevels on the lugs and no signs of over polishing. Black dial has fine even patina to the luminescent elements. Signed crown. Signed case back has minimal signs of use and wear.

Includes one 20mm Crown&Buckle textured cloth strap.

SKU: TT01161

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