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FS: Early Enicar Sherpa Jet 33 with silver dial and original, signed Bead of Rice Bracelet. The EPSA super compressor case with the two large, signed cross-hatched crowns and the original bracelet have loads of vintage tool watch charm. The Silver dial Jet models seem to be less common than the black dial models, and the standard Jet models less common than the larger Super-Jet models. On top of that, this is the upgraded movement with the higher jewel count, in silver dial, on original bracelet. So, I won't use the word "rare", but I haven't come across another silver dial Jet 33 in recent years.
Ref: 126/002, this is the earlier reference number of the Sherpa Jet 33
Year: Serial is 6414xx approximately 1964-65
Dial and Hands: Original sliver sunburst, soleil, dial is very clean overall. The dial has a few small speckles on it, and there is one very small red mark at the base of the "t" in Jet. I can only see this from certain angles, and it is very minor, but I believe in full transparency. The hands are original and in very good condition. The red 24hr hand has faded a bit to a deep subtle crimson. The handset stack of this watch is one little detail I really love, the running seconds has a square at the center which really ties together the thick blocky baton hands of the hour and minutes hands.
Crystal: Acrylic in good condition. There are two small marks only visible at certain angles at about 9:10 and 10:10 that appear to be on the inside of the crystal, since no degree of poly watch seems to matter on these. I would consider myself very particular, but this has never bothered me about the watch. The whole package feels very authentic and vintage in a very positive sense.
Case: Original, EPSA super compressor stainless steel, 36.5 mm w/o crown. Case appears unpolished to me, is very crisp overall with all of the original EPSA lug facets visible with surface scratches typical of normal wear. The shaping to the sides of the case is also something not appreciated until on wrist, there are some really neat details like a concave lip on the underside of the case that all add up to make this watch so unique and interesting.
Caseback: Original Seapearl caseback, where the sepearl is still very prominent, but the engraved text is very faint, but still legible in the right light.
Movement: Original, AR1126 Automatic Movement. This 33 jewel movement was an upgrade to the standard caliber AR1145 or AR1146, which only had 24 jewels. From my research this higher jewel count movement was sold as an upgraded 'chonometer' grade caliber. I won't use the word rare, because that's always relative, but 33's are less common than the standard Jet's, and this is the only Jet 33 with a silver dial I've been able to find. Winds well, keeps good time (I don't formally time my watches, but I have worn this one for 3-5 days straight with no need to reset the time over that period). Watch has not been serviced while in my possession. I don't have the correct tool to open the caseback, so, sorry no movement shots.
Crowns: Correct, original, Saturn symbol, and cross-hatched.
Bracelet: Original Enicar Beads of rice bracelet with Enicar signed clasp. These vintage BoR bracelets are extremely comfortable to wear and just complete the look of the watch. (though it does look great on leather, NATO, and Tropic as seen below). Bracelet is approximately 16.7 cm long, and has micro adjustment available in the clasp.
Why I am selling: I don't know that I have a good reason, other than it feel like it's time to thin the heard and do some turnover in the collection. I've worn this watch for a month straight while traveling through China, and it's always a must grab when travelling across time zones, Enicar's have so much quirky and subtle character and charm that's hard to capture in photos. This seems to be common as those that have owned Enicar's always make that remark, there are just so many cool little subtleties like the text and the use of different fonts, some of the case details, the hand style and lume locations, and the funky Saturn logo. This watch has been a lot of fun to wear, and I think it's time for someone else to enjoy it.
Read more about these cool watches at the spring bar here: https://thespringbar.com/blogs/guides/enicar-sherpa-pilot-2-crown-models#heading27
Price: $2500 USD shipped via ParcelPro and FedEx in the US.
Payment by PayPal (F&F or +3%), wire transfer, Zelle, or I'm open to trying a few of the other new transfer services. US sales preferred, but I'm okay with an international sale, shipping cost will just need to be discussed. I have references as a buyer and seller on here, OmegaForums, WUS, and eBay.
Trades: The only watch I'm really hunting at the time is a Oyster only (no date, manual wind) Tudor Ranger, reference 90020, and sometimes listed as 9002/0 or 9022/0, on original and correct Oyster bracelet.
I'm listing this with hopes of downsizing, but if you have a very compelling case for another vintage watch to trade, I will certainly entertain it; it will just need to really make sense for me. Other watches I'm interested in are vintage and neo-vintage Tudor subs, and vintage Rolex Oyster (only) models, a tritium Rolex 16570, Tudor No-date sub, or 5500 Air King on bracelet.
Thanks to Jeff and CT for the space.