Sherpa Ops | MK II | steel
The Sherpa OPS is closely linked with a series of highly water-resistant, two-crown dive watches manufactured by Enicar, known as the Superdive. In the late 1960s, the Sherpa OPS was subjected to a stringent series of reliability tests, lasting several months, which included submersion in water at varying depths - resulting in a special reliability certificate. Boasting a specially strengthened plexiglass, ultra-tough, black anodised steel case (for non-reflection), and unique crown protective shoulder, the Enicar Sherpa OPS was one of the brand's most rugged examples.
The watch most closely resembles the highly-collectable Sherpa Ultradive; bearing striking similarities to a number of later examples with orange accents. The Sherpa Ops also borrows its crown shoulder from these models, adding further protection to the crowns and preventing accidental disengagement (potentially compromising waterproofness). The luminous hands and markers are also similar, with this piece displaying characteristics associated with both MKI and MKII examples. The black dial is signed “Swiss Made” at 6 o’clock (as seen in MKI), while the grey rotating bezel shows highlights to the 15 minute mark, an orange trapezium on the 1/59 marker and luminous triangle marker at 60-minutes. Its model number (144/35/03A) indicates MKII designation.
This Enicar Sherpa OPS, with serial number 314 XXX, has a round, black anodised stainless steel ‘BREVET’ case with two Saturn cross-patterned crowns. The case measures 40 mm in diameter and is sharp and thick, retaining its definition. The PVD coating has begun to wear around edges of the case and crowns, consistent with use. The screw-down case back features the Sherpa clamshell hallmark, 'ENICAR' and 'STAINLESS STEEL INCABLOC - ULTRASONIC - SHERPA' on the outside (like the Sherpa Graph), along with its unique reference numbers. The case has straight-line lugs and comes on a grey NATO strap.
Powered by an appropriately-robust, self-winding AAR 167 Enicar movement, it features an Incabloc shock-protection system and quickset date, operated by repeated engaging and disengaging of the crown. The movement is comprised of 24 jewels, with a power-reserve of 45 hours, beating at a rate of 21,600 A/h.
The Enicar Watch Company was established in 1914, after its founder Artiste Racine, started a 'Manufacture d'Horlogerie Ariste Racine' in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Born of an artisanal family, the trademark ‘Racine” had been registered some 44 years prior. An anagram of the family name ‘ENICAR’ formed the symbol of quality the brand came to adopt throughout the 60s and 70s, and relationship with haute-horology associated today.
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|Model:||Sherpa OPS 600 MKII - Ref. 144/35/03A|
mechanical automatic AAR 167
|Functions:||time-only: hours, minutes, sub-seconds|
|Case:||40 mm stainless steel|
|Box & papers:||N/A|
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