Everyone new to vintage Enicar is focussed on the Sherpa models. The Sherpa chronographs have been rising in price steadily and also the 1950s and 1960s diver models are hot, hot, hot among collectors. This makes it hard for any collector on a budget to step into the game. The good news is that there are still some Sherpas out there that are flying under the radar. So far, the Sherpa Star model line has not yet received the love it deserves in my humble opinion. Aside from the volcano shaped case that seems to divide collectors, there is a lot to like here: sapphire crystal, in-house manufactured movements, excellent wrist comfort, a variety of case finishes and cool dial designs are the highlights of the Stars.
Some of the later Sherpas are also signed ‘Star Jewels’. I dedicated a blog post on the Star Jewels mystery a while ago. Basically, the company decided to rename the Ultrasonic oiling treatment of the movement parts into Star Jewels at some point in the late 1960s. It may be confusing and it definitely is scaring some collectors away from hunting down these Enicars. So it’s time to present a few of the Star Jewels signed pieces that are worth seeking out!
Check out the gorgeous sunburst case and dial finish on the Star Jewels signed Enicar below. The different tones blend in so nicely. The contrast between the case texture and the smooth sides is lovely. This model was available with the AR160 handwinding movement as well as the AR165 automatic. The oval shaped bezel with raised markers is also a treat. Red seconds hand? Yes please.
Square & Stylish
If you happen to follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I have a weak spot for square case Enicar dress watch models. These particular examples below have such a subtle case. Notice the position of the date windows on the six and between the four and five. They can still be found online, sometimes even in new old stock condition like the one from Steve, founder of the Enicar Forums.
Checkered dial Sherpa Star Jewels
Best of both worlds: these EPSA case models are signed Sherpa and Star Jewels. Some prefer the classic long lugs case, others love the cushion style container. Not many will argue the mesmerizing qualities of the superb dials. This is late 1970s Enicar at its best.
Racing & Diving
You can’t blame Enicar for a lack of inspiration when it comes to dial designs. The number of variations is just astounding. High om my list are the ones with the orange minute markers. They give the watch a cool racing vibe, or, a true dive watch feel like the 10 ATM model below. Combined with an orange pointer seconds hand, you’ll get the perfect package.
We have seen the Sherpa – Star Jewels combo, so here’s another variation that puzzles Enicar collectors: the MRO – Star Jewels model line. So far, I have not been able to find out what the abbreviation MRO stands for (any thoughts? Send me an email). Fact is that these models are very often seen in Sweden, one of the main markets for Enicar back in the day. They are dated mid 1970s. As can be expected by Enicar, the number of case, dial and hands versions is infinite.
My top five is only the top of the Enicar Star Jewels iceberg. There is a universe of high quality Enicars to be discovered. Do yourself a favor and check out these fine watches, as they represent all the qualities Enicar was rocking in the last decade of its voyage. Your comments and additions are always appreciated!