The Enicar community is a small community. Most collectors know each other by linking and liking on the forums and social media. Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate Instagram as a useful and fun way to show and share my Enicar goodies. Through Instagram, I got to know some very nice Enicar enthusiasts with extensive knowledge about the brand and of course quite a few astonishing watches in they collections.
As much as I like to talk to the Enicar collectors, I’ve only met one or two in person. Even on Instagram, you usually only get to see a watch and a wrist. So I decided to ask 8 of the most passionate collectors out there to step out of the shadows and send me a portrait photo wearing their favorite Enicar. Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to introduce these Enicari to you (in a non-particular order)!
Eric, aka @cannonpinion aka crazyfist
Have you ever wondered who the heck started the largest forum thread on Enicar watches and one of the most popular threads on Watchuseek? It’s this gentleman right here: Eric Qiao. His favorite watch (at this moment) is the Ocean Pearl chronograph, powered by arguably the best movement any vintage chrono can have: the Valjoux 72. On Instagram, Eric has posted some of the finest late sixties and seventies models Enicar has ever build. He’s a watch maker too, so the guy to talk to if you need advice on servicing your AR movement.
My favorite Enicar from his collection is the three register non-Sherpa chronograph with a gorgeous round steel case. It looks absolutely fantastic.
Nico and Bernd, aka @_jimjupiter and @enabrantain66
These good looking guys above are Nico and Bernd from Germany. Both are strong contributors on the German watch forum ‘Uhrforum.de’ where you can find the lengthy thread ‘Enicar Uhren‘. Nico is wearing his very minty Aqua Graph with beautiful aged lume. Is it the best Aqua on the internet? I tend to say yes. Nico’s collection is all about chronographs (although there is also a very nice Sherpa Guide around there somewhere). On his weblog enicar101.com he has published a huge amount of in depth information about the Enicar Sherpa chronographs. You can also find a serial number reference guide, so paying him a visit online is a must.
Bernd is the type of collector that gets his hands on anything Enicar. He can’t help it. The force is too strong. His collection holds some amazing Enicar models that are not only rare, but also in incredibly good shape. The piece on his wrist might be one of the first Enicar watches ever build. It’s from 1918 and was produced for the military. It holds a dial and a compass in the case. Of course he is an expert when it comes to the facts and figures about his Enicars. Did I already mention he has an Enicar lighter?
Mat aka @horology_biology
Which Enicar collector can say he has his very own Enicar coffee table? The gentleman above can. By the way, he made it himself. This is a true story. He calls himself ‘Notorious Enicar Collector’ and looking at his Instagram account, you can’t argue with that. In the photo, Mat wears his Ocean Pearl chronograph, but there’s much more Enicar stuff in his collection that is very, very collectable: boxes, alarm clocks, booklets and displays, you name it. I would describe his style as ‘Mad men’ meets ‘Salvage Hunters’, with a Film Noir vibe and a good glass of cognac to go with it. He’s the only collector I run into at the Dutch Rikketik watch fairs and one of the best Enicar Frankenwatch bashers around!