19th January 2015
Sold for £1,560
Many of QP’s considerable legion of classic car fans will be well aware that the late, great double Formula One champion Jim Clark was known to wear Gallet chronographs and, occasionally, the odd Breitling. Until reading this Fellows catalogue, however, I was unaware that, in 1967, he also worked to promote the Enicar brand in advertisements that appeared during that year’s Singapore Grand Prix – although, oddly, his name doesn’t appear on the race results.
Enicar was founded by Ariste Racine (spell it backwards) in 1913 and developed into a thriving business which, in 1956, supplied watches to the Swiss Himalayan expedition – hence the adoption of the name “Sherpa” for sporting models such as this chronograph.
Powered by a Valjoux 72 movement (as used in the early Rolex Daytona) this particular example of a Sherpa Graph featured a 40mm case, making it entirely appropriate for use as a regular wearer today. The black dial centre with contrasting silver sub-dials, white tachymetre scale and “tropical” hour markers certainly gave it the vintage look that is currently so popular – and, at little more than £1500 all-in, it’s hardly likely to lose value.