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Date/Report Number …..092613.FN698HY.04 ItemE 1955 RARE ENICAR ALUMINUM ULTRASONIC WRIST WATCH
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1955 RARE ENICAR ALUMINUM ULTRASONIC WRIST WATCH

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $698.00


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RESTORED - OVERHAULED
1955
RARE
ENICAR
ALUMINUM
ULTRASONIC
WRIST WATCH

WITH

29.0mm
ENICAR
1292
17 JEWELS
SUB-SECONDS
REGISTER


SIZE IS
34.5 x 41
W/O CROWN

WITH
BLACK
BALLISTIC NYLON
WIRE LUG
MILITARY STRAP

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The Enicar Watch Company was founded 1913 in La Chaux de Fonds Switzerland when Artiste Racine (*Jules Racine, Racine Watch Co, Gallet, Excelsior Park) spelled his name backwards and created Enicar; a brand once recognized for its high quality.

Racine was among the first to use Radium in 1914 as a way to make his watch hands and dials readable in the dark.

From the mid 20's Enicar began to focus on the production of both precise and  robust military watches, which were soon recognized under the name "sport". 

In the mid-forties Enicar developed its first chronograph models. 

In the sixties and seventies Enicar developed their firth automatic movements. 


*A TRULY INCREDIBLE GROUP OF RELATIVES. HE GALLET WATCH CO, EXCELSIOR PARK JULES RACINE. NAMES THAT ARE MORE THAN FAMOUS.

 

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Enicar's new factory, opened around 1922, in Longeau


ENICAR S.A. registers the following trademarks: Enicar, Longeau, Etsira, Savillon, Pittfield and Alprosa.

On October 1, 1913 Ariste Racine (1889 - 1958) and his wife Emma Blatt started a 'Manufacture d'Horlogerie' (brand name 'AR') in the Rue du Crêt 24 in La Chaux-de-Fonds** (Jura Mountains, Canton Neuchâtel, Switzerland). AR employed 1 watch maker and two external technicians. Ariste's father was a well-known architect and his great grandfather a well-known watch face painter/designer. More members of the Racine family and in-laws in Switzerland and the USA were active in the watch industry . The economic situation in Switzerland during the W.W. I is hard. There are many bankruptcies and export is hampering. As the name 'Racine' was already a registered trademark since 1870 (by Jules Racine Sr.), they used the anagram of the family name. Ariste Racine registered his factory and the brand name 'ENICAR' on January 6, 1914.Although that brand name is used as his telegram address, only. In his first ad (see above) in November 1914 "Horlogerie Ariste Racine" is the common name. Ariste and Emma used the sun lounge of their home as their factory. They produced a great variety of lever watches with movements ranging from 4 - 17 Lignes*.


One of their first exceptional products was a pocket watch with the possibility to integrate a compass or picture behind a second and smaller door . He registered 5 models of this design officially on February 3, 1915.

La-Chaux-de-Fonds (aka 'Watch Valley') is a famous watchmaker's center for centuries. Many companies, like Girard-Perregaux, Rolex, Omega, TAG-Heuer, Breitling, Invicta, Gallet, etc. started their life and some are still located in this town. It is also the birth place of e.g. Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (1887-1965), better known as Le Corbusier, the famous architect. His family was involved in the watch industry as well. And of Louis-Joseph Chevrolet (1878-1941), who emigrated to the USA and started (with two others) the Chevrolet Motor Car Company; in 1915 he sold his shares to William Durant, the founder of General Motors.

 

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Ariste Racine advertising Military Watches


Despite worldwide political problems Racine's production in 1914 increased due to the successful export to Russia and because of their first important customer, the Japanese merchant Tenshodo-san. Tenshodo founded his business in 1879 in Tokyo; he imported Swiss watches since 1889; in 1913 he was already the sole agent for Narudan, Tissot and Zenith watches.

Racine opened a radium lab as in 1914 well. Radium was used on the hands of the (alarm) clocks and watches, making them readable in the dark. Soon their home became too small as business was booming. La Chaux-de-Fonds was the center of Swiss watch makers, resulting in a shortage of good and free technicians. Racine rented a part of the house of his mother in Longeau/Lengnau (northeast of Biel, Canton Bern) in 1916. He named that branch of their business 'Longeau Watch Co.'

Despite the W.W. I and frequent strike actions in Switzerland sales are flourishing. In 1918 Ariste and his wife Emma bought his mother's house and land next to it; Longeau became the official seat of the new company. Oskar Racine, Ariste Racine's brother, is joining the company - still named Longeau Watch Co. - in that same year. Oscar's own business - a shaft factory in Biel - was closed in May 1930. From 1920 the company started to make its own movements. Until then they used mainly movements of Adolphe Schild (AS).

On April 11, 1932 the company becomes ENICAR Société Anonyme (equiv. to Ltd.), with a nominal capital of 50,000 Swiss Francs. In January 1931 the branch at the Plainpalais in Geneva is closed. In 1934, after securing Military Contracts with the Germans for Longeau Watches, Ariste Racine Jr., son of Ariste and Emma, enters the company and as by October 30, 1939, becomes general director

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I APPOLOGIZE TO MY LOYAL
PATRONS/COLLECTERS
AS YOU ARE AWARE
I USUALLY PLACE
6 TO 10
WATCHES EVERY WEEK

BUT IT IS HARD TO FIND CANDIDATES
AND PRICES FOR GARBAGE IS HIGH!
THUS THE WAIT IS LONGER
BUT
I AM PLACING SOME SUPER PIECES
I HOPE YOU ENJOY

O YOU  MAY SEE WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL AND SPECIAL

 

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AWESOME NUMBER ONE
09/19/13


I HAD TO INVEST IN THIS ENICAR
IT WAS RARE AND A LARGE PIECE

34 X  41
MM
W/O CROWN!

I SAID RARE..

THE CASE IS ALUMINUM
AND
WHEN IT WAS MADE
ALUMINUM WAS AT A PREMIUM

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THE DIAL IS WHAT MADE ME
PAY 125.00 FOR THIS ENICAR

IT IS HAND GRAVED AND CHASED
NOT STAMPED

THE DETAILS ARE ASTOUNDING

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CNOTE THE GOLD OVALS
AND THE TOPS AND BOTTOMS ARE GRAVED

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SEE THE WORK?
LOOK AT THE 9
THERE ARE 30 DEGREE
45 DEGREE
AND TIP TOPS

ALL IN ONE DIAL!

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NOTE THE CASE
TA WIRE LUG CASE
THE WIRES ARE DOUBLES
THEY LOOK LIKE SPRING BARS
BUT THE CASE AGAIN
THIS IS GENUINE
NO FINISH
THE ALUMINUM
IS WONDERFUL

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I USED A BALLISTIC NYLON
STRAP WITH KEEPERS
BUT WE HAVE A CHOICE
OF NICE WIRE LUG
SKINS STRAPS
A LITTLE MORE IN PRICE
IF YOU DESIRE


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TBUT I LOVE THIS STRAP
WERA WITH SUIT
WEAR WITH SHORTS
WEAR WITH JEANS

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YES INVESTED IN THIS BEAUTY
FOR THE NAME

ENICAR

AND FOR THE CASING
AND FOR THE DIAL

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WELL
YES
FOR EVERYTHNG
I ONLY WISH I COULD FIND MORE UNUSUAL PIECES
I AM STYMIED
I MEAN FRUSTRATED
IMAGINE
JUST A FEW MORE!

 

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THIS COLLECTORS WATCH WILL BE WORN
BUT THIN OF THE FACTS
I HAVE RESTORED IT'S GREATNESS
A 34 MM W/O CROWN WIDE BEAUTY
IT WILL REMAIN AS IT IS
FOR DECADES
PERFECT TO LEAVE
TO YOUR FUTURE
AS A TREASURE

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LOOK LOTS SAY THEY DO THIS AND THAT

I ALSO BUY LIKE YOU

MAN IT SUCKS


HOW MANY I BUY LIVINF

YET ARRIVE DEAD

 

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OR
ARRIVE RUNNIG
AS BEING SERVICED
ONLY TO DISCOVER HAIR SPRINGS
BENT TO GET IT TO RUN
OR MAINS THAT ARE SO WRONG
TIMING CANNOT BE MAINTAINED

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LOOK AT THIS BEAUTY
NOTE THE DIAL WORKS
I CAN SEE WHY IT IS NAMED

ULTRASONIC

 

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TRULY A BEAUTY
NOTE FULL PLATES

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DOES THIS NOT LOOK NEW

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NOTE NUMERALS
AND
MARKERS
ARE FINISHED IN ROSE GOLD

I KEPT THE ORIGINAL HANDS ORIGINAL

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ONLY THE BEST

STAINLESS STEEL CASE BACK
WITH FAMOUS TRADE MARK
OF
ENICAR

 

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ENICAR
IS
RACINE
SPELLED BACKWARDS

PART OF THAT POWER HOUSE OF
GALLET
JULES RACINE
&

EXCELSIOR PARK

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RESTORED

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RESTORED

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Enicar 1292

Features
manual wind
sub second

Data
13.5''', Dm= 30.0mm
17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 36h