Now for a brief review of one of the more enigmatic brands in Swiss watchmaking - vastly underappreciated and misunderstood, but now commanding some serious prices for certain references that have become Instagram popular being spotted on the arms on celebrities like Ed Sheeran - I bring you the Racine family's Enicar (get it - Racine in reverse).
Enicar - in 1913 a husband and wife team Ariste Racine and Emma Blatt founded their brand in their home in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Ariste could not use the family name because it had already been trademarked, so Emma came up with the idea of reversing their surname and thus was born Enicar. Ariste was the salesman and Emma the watch technician. Together they created a brand that lasted until the impact of the 1970s quartz crisis resulted in the company's liquidation in 1987. In 1988 the brand was acquired by a Hong Kong businessman as the Enicar brand was immensely popular in China. Rather than regurgitate the rest of the history, I have included some excellent links below that will serve you better.
For more on Enicar, with some great photos make sure to check out the article on Rescapement here:
And this excellent history here:
Also, check out the most comprehensive history of the company in this fabulous book:
Here are some vintage examples from my collection:
Enicar Ultrasonic Chronograph (1960s) Movement: Manual Valjoux 92 Case size: 36.5mm Condition: Very good - all original except replacement strap
Enicar Sherpa D Star (1960s) Ref. 165-54-03 Movement: Automatic Enicar AR 165 Case size: 37mm Condition: NOS - all original except vintage Morrelato replacement strap
Enicar Ocean Pearl (1970s) Ref. 165-39-18 Movement: Automatic Enicar AR 165 Case size: 36mm Condition: NOS - all original including original vintage Tropic Star rubber strap and full tags
Enicar Ocean Pearl (1970s) Ref. 167-01-39 Movement: Automatic Enicar AR 167 Case size: 35mm Condition: NOS - all original except replacement strap
Enicar Ocean Pearl (1970s) Ref. 160-21-08 Movement: Automatic Enicar AR 160 Case size: 36mm Condition: Very good - all original including original stainless steel bracelet
I really like chronographs especially vintage ones.