Many experienced watch collectors know well the connection between famous explorers and their watches. Companies like Rolex, Omega, and Jaeger-LeCoultre are a few of the more notable brands to send their watches on far reaching expeditions. One of the lesser known Swiss brands to do so was Enicar, a brand with certain models really growing in collect ability.
In May of 1956, Enicar supplied Seapearl watches to the Albert Eggler-led Swiss expedition to climb Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Everest. It seems to be generally believed that this manual wind Seapearl 600 model was the watch worn.
As notable as it is to be used on an Everest expedition, the Seapearl has another claim to fame. In 1958, about the same time that this watch was built, the US Navy began conducting official testing on the Rolex Submariner 6538 and Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Milspec 1 Divers. Because the non-military issued Seapearl was popular with divers, it got included in the test.
And far from an also ran, in the Navy's evaluation it beat the Sub and traded wins with the Blancpain. In fact, according to the Navy evaluation, it was deemed by choice of the divers themselves was the Seapearl 600 when a rotating bezel wasn’t needed and by the Navy as "by far the best buy."
One of the watch's strengths is its interesting and highly legible luminous dial.
This Seapearl is in pleasing honest original condition. The only replacement part is the crown.
A Master Watchmaker has just fully serviced the watch, and it is functioning perfectly and running very true. For the finishing touch a new leather strap has been installed making it ready for immediate enjoyment. If you would like a canvas or other different strap please inquire.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
For those unfamiliar, Enicar made high quality Swiss watches that rivaled the quality of those of Breitling, Tag Heuer, and other more recognized luxury brands. Particularly popular in Asia, where prices for their watches were lower than the companies competing for market share in the luxury market yet of similar quality, Enicar carved out a very successful business. Their watches like the Seapearl 600 faired on par or better in U.S. Navy's tests than the Rolex Submariner 6538 and Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Milspec and also scaled Everest on the wrist of Albert Eggler's expedition party.
Enicar is the Swiss watch mogul and founder Ariste Racine's last name spelled backwards.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Year built: 1958
Serial number: 314,962
Model: Ultra Sonic Seapearl 600
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: Stainless steel
Case markings (outside): Hand engraved RAK
Case condition: Excellent condition with light remants of wear to the case back and previous light signs of polishing
Dimensions: 34mm diameter (without crown)
Dial: Matte black with large luminous indexes, signed Enicar Seapearl 600, original, excellent condition with light fading
Hands: Original, large steel batons
Movement type: Signed Enicar, manually wound, shock resistant, gilt finish
Band: Leather, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. Please inquire if you would like a different band.
Width between lugs: 18mm
Serviced: Fully serviced by a Master Watchmaker.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. warranty.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
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