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WWII
ENICAR
WRIST WATCH
*RADIUM DIAL
SWEEP SECONDS

WITH

AIRCORPS ESCAPE COMPASS CASE BACK

*RE-ILLUMINATED WITH LUMINOVA

31 X 37

W/O CROWN

34 X 37
W/CROWN

WITH

1945
AS 1194
SWEEP SECONDS
INCABLOC SHOCK

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BLACK BALLISTIC NYLON STRAP

OR

IF YOU WANT
WE HAVE A VINTAGE
FRENCH 1944
LEATHER STRAP


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ESCAPE COMPASS" SECTION

NOTE WE HAD PICS OF THE ENTIRE OPPS, FROM REMOVING CORROSION TO HEATING/REMOVING THE HIDDEN COMPASS. THEY WERE SOME OF THOSE LOST DATA
FROM THE SEVER LOSS ON THE 13TH OF OCT 2013. NEW PICS AND A SEARCH ONLINE DEMONSTRATES THAT THIS COMPASS IS EXACTLY LIKE MANY USA AND BRITISH ESCAPE COMPASSES.
SOME LOOKING LIKE A WATCH WITH LEATHER STRAP AND MANY BUTTON/DI STYLE AND THE PARTS THE SAME AS IN THOSE AT THE COMPASS MUSEUM IN THE "ESCAPE COMPASS" SECTION.

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 THE CASE BACK COMPASS WATCH

OK. HERE WE GO. ROCK INVESTS IN LOTS OF WATCHES THAT HAVE "TRENCH WORK", THAT IS ITEMS, WRITINGS, DECORATIONS, AND, ESPECIALLY, DI'S, MEDALS AND BADGES THAT WERE ADDED BY INDIVIDUALS AND NOT WATCH MAKERS. .

THESE ITEMS DO NOT HAVE TO BE MILITARY. ALL SORTS OF  ITEMS BADGES FROM CAUSES, GROUPS, MASONIC , MICKEY MOUSE , FRANK BUCK AND DIVISION ITEMS, CAN BE FOUND. THUS, WHEN THIS TIME PIECE WAS PURCHASED -ALONG WITH OTHERS -- FROM AN ESTATE SALE WITH MILITARY ITEMS, HE NOTED THE CASE BACK WAS AN AIRCORP BADGE.

THIS CASE BACK WAS HEAVILY WORN OUT AND LOOKED AS IF IT WERE UTILIZED BY AN AIRMAN OR MECHANIC IN THE PACIFIC. THIS ENICAR WAS WORN BY AN AIRMAN WHO SERVED IN THE ARMY AIRCORP 1943 THROUGH 1945 AND WAS NOT STATIONED IN THE PACIFIC, HE WAS STATIONED  IN ENGLAND AND FLEW OVER EUROPE FOR TWO YEARS. FIRST NON-COMBAT THEN COMBAT.

IN ANY CASE IT WAS NOT A MAJOR PURCHASE BUT COST A LITTLE MORE DUE TO THE CASE BACK. AFTER OVERHAULING THE 3RD ARMY WATCH, ROCK GRABBED THIS ENICAR AND, THOUGH IT LOOKED COOL AGED AND TARNISHED, AND CORRODING, HE REALIZED HE COULD NOT OFFER THE WATCH WITH ABILITY TO WEAR , SO HE UNSCREWED IT....

THE IDEA WAS NOT TO RESTORE THE BACK   BUT TO HALT THE ACTIVE CORROSION WITHOUT HARMING REMAINING METAL WAS THE GOAL.

AS THE BRONZE CASE BACK BEGAN TO SHOW ITS COLORS AND THE TOP COULD BE SEEN AS SEPARATE FROM THE STEEL CASE BACK. THE STEEL HAD TURNED DUE TO 60 YEARS OF BRONZE TRANSFERRING TO THE WHITE STEEL;

FREEING  WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE AN AIRMAN OR SOLDIER COMPASS THAT COULD BE OPENED WITH ANY FLAT METAL OBJECT TO LIFT THE AREA NON SEALED AND PULL THE DI UP REVEALING COMPASS--

LOOKING CLOSE HE SAW THAT HE COULD MOVE IT SLIGHTLY WHERE THE LEAD SOLDER HAS BEEN EATEN AWAY THROUGH CORROSION, HE NEW THE DI WAS HOLLOW,  LIFTING BUT A 1/32 OF AN INCH HE COULD SEE THE REMAINS OF SOMETHING. HE TRIED TO LIFT IT MORE BUT IT LOOKED TO CRACK, SO HE GRABBED HIS TORCH AND APPLIED HEAT TO THE CASE BACK STEEL UNTIL IT GOT HOT ENOUGH TO RELEASE THE COPPER/BRASS BACK REVEALING A SMALL METAL COMPASS. AFTER NEUTRALIZING THE INNER SIDE OF THE DI . - HE PLACED THE DI BACK ONTO THE CASE BACK AND REHEATED THE STEEL TO RESET THE BACK.

THOUGH CORRISION HAD EFFECTED IT, IT WAS STILL ATTACHED AND, WITHOUT A DOUBT, EXACTELY WHAT IS ON SEVERAL COMPASS SITES.

 

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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. 

 

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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 in 1914 a radium lab as 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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ON ORIGINAL FRENCH 1944 STRAP

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KEEPING WITH THE RADIUM THAT WAS UTILIZED BY RACINE SINCE 1914 THIS WWII ENICAR WAS RE-ILLUMINATED. BOTH NUMERALS AND HANDS

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THIS WWII ENICAR HAS 24 HOUR CHAPTER IN RED
AND
NUMERAL MARKED SWEEPS SECONDS CHAPTER
A CLASSY YET FULLY FUNCTIONAL MILITARY DIAL

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EVEN STRAIGHT SHOT PICTURE
DEMONSTRATES THE BEAUTY OF THIS DIAL

DIAL IS AS IT WAS
BLACK OUTLINED
RAISED LUME NUMERALS
RED 24HR
OUTER BLACK SECONDS CHAPTER

SIGNED

ENICAR
SWISS

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DIAL CRYSTAL CASE AND CROWN

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19 HOURS WORK

CASE IS AN INCREDIBLE 90%

HANDS AS ORIGINAL

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CASE BACK CLEANED

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THE STRAP IS A BALLISTIC NYLON,

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TWICE THE STRENGTH OF ALL OTHERS

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IT LOOKS AND FEELS GREAT

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ON 16 MM WWII WATCHES WE USE 18MM

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THESE PHOTOS SAY IT ALL

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FROM BUSINESS TO PLAY TO DINNER

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THIS ENICAR HAS IT ALL

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runs awsome

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super clean

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crown original

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DIAL IS STUNNING
AND ON THE LARGE SIZE AS FAR AS

WWII WATCHES ARE CONCERNED

NOTE THE REILLUMINATION

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CASE BACK HAS
AN INTERNAL COMPASS
BUILT INTO THE
"BUTTON DISC"

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TOP ROW IS THE COMPASS IN THIS WATCH
LINES 2 AND 3 FROM OUR BEST AND MOST PROMOTED
RESEARCH SITE FOR ALL TYPOES OF COMPASSES

DEMONSTRATES THE FACTS

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ON ORIGINAL FRENCH STRAP 1944

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WE LOST MOST PICTURES OF THIS ENICAR
IN THE SERVER OUTAGE

ABOVE IS THE BRASS COMPASS HOLDER
IT WAS ATTACHED LIKE "TRENCH ART"
ANY SMALL OBJECT COULD LIFT THE COMPASS
"BUTTON" OFF THE CASEN BACK

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AT THIS POINT WE HAD NO IDEA A COMPASS WITH WITHIN
NOR THAT ANY MINOR LIFTING WITH FLAT OBJECT
WOULD BREAK THE HOLD
RELEASING THE TOP
WITH
A WORKING COMPASS

 

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AFTER APPLYING HEAT TO BREAK 4
FEW LEAD SOLDER TACKS
AND
REMOVING CORROSION

THAT WAS NEAR COMPLETE

IT WAS THEN WE REALIZED
THAT IT WAS A COMPASS

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THIS BABY WAS VIABLE
DURING WWII
THROUGH
THE KOREAN WAR
AND
POSSIBLY EVEN VIETNAM

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WE REASSEMBLED THE COMPASS
WE STOPPED CORROSION
AND WE REBULIT THIS RARE WATCH

 

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DIAL IS AS IT WAS
BLACK OUTLINED
RAISED LUME NUMERALS
RED 24HR
OUTER BLACK SECONDS CHAPTER

SIGNED

ENICAR
SWISS

 

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CASE IS AN INCREDIBLE 90%

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HANDS AS ORIGINAL

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ORIGINAL NICKEL CHROME FINISH

 

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ORIGINAL NICKEL CHROME FINISH

 

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NOTE CASE STYLE
DEEP SEATED SEAL
PRETTY MUCH AN ENICAR DESIGN
HARDLY ANY WWII OR LATER CASES HAD THIS SEPARATED
SEAL CHANNEL

 

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ENICAR WATCH CO
1945
SWISS
17 JEWELS
AS 1187/1194
Incabloc

Brevet
Dep

Features
manual wind
sweep second


Data
11.5'
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 43h


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CONDITION
-EXCELLENT
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WATCH WINDS, SETS & KEEPS TIME

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WITH YOUR INVESTMENT YOU RECEIVE:

C) FREE A ONE YEAR GSW LIMITED WARRANTY

D) 898.00 PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE **APPRAISAL

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KM & PANZER PARA

JAPANESE 1945  NAVY

SEIKOSHA SUB TIMER

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RCAF 1945

TRENCH

TRENCH

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WYLER GERMAN 1945

1945  HELBROS 24HR

JAPANESE 1945  CHRONO

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SEIKOSHA CHRONO

1945  NAVY SUB TIMER

1945  SEIKOSHA

 

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UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE all watches offered by GSW have been SERVICED. Some required REPAIR AND RESTORATION! Normal Servicing of Mechanical Watches by an EXPERT PROFESSIONAL will run between $180.00 to 580.00, depending on the complication of the movement and that is WITHOUT parts that may be required. SERVICING means DISASSEMBLING THE ENTIRE WATCH AND MOVEMENT, CLEANING SAME, OILING, LUBING AND REASSEMBLING, timing and Sealing. RESTORATION is a separate service from SERVICING and may include CRYSTAL, DIAL, HANDS, CASE, LUGS and BAND. So, WHEN YOU VIEW VINTAGE AND CLASSIC WATCHES OFFERED BY OTHER VENDORS/DEALERS, the question is: WAS THE WATCH SERVICED?

All watches, from mechanical to quartz devices, require periodic cleaning and inspection. GSW provides both cleaning and repair services with our main specialty that of restoring and repairing classic & vintage watches. GSW has established parts accounts with the oldest watch parts houses in the world as well as a network of watch dealers and repair centers around the world. GSW also provides dial restoration services. In addition to servicing new, vintage & classic watches, we also service high grade wristwatches. Think of your watch as you would a fine automobile, it is worth maintaining as it will increase your pleasure of ownership and also enhance the resale or trade-in value. If you plan on passing your watch on to the next generation, skilled periodic maintenance will be greatly appreciated in the future. Visit our studio gallery online for info on restoring or repairing your watch and call for  discounts from our advertised pricing!