Enicar Jump Hour Automatic

Winning Bid: $820.00

The History

The Racine family can trace their history with watches back to 1708 when David Racine was mentioned as an ‘expert maître horloger’. Yet It wasn’t until 1914 that the family would establish their own brand. There was only one problem, however. Someone else owned the trademark to the name ‘Racine’. Et voila Enicar – Racine spelled backward – was born.

After years of making watches out of their home, the family built a new factory in Longeau in 1919. This moment is often considered the true founding of Enicar. During World War II, the brand found success in producing watches for various militaries and was able to use the proceeds to modernize their factories after the war. In the ‘50s, the popularity of the brand grew as Enicar produced some of its most famed models such as the Sherpa, Ocean Pearl, and Star collection.

Unfortunately, like many other great watch brands, Enicar was a casualty of the quartz crisis and declared bankruptcy in 1987, selling off all the company’s assets.

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The Reference

The Enicar Jump Hour Automatic listed for auction was produced in the 1970s and features a digital readout on an automatic watch. This works by having three rotating discs, each tied to show either the hours, minutes, or seconds. The hour disc will jump forward on the hour and then the minutes and seconds roll by. This allows the users to quickly read out the time in a digital fashion by reading left to right.

The watch is in exceptional condition, and possibly new old stock, which is great to see on a watch listed at a lower price point. It wears its original caseback sticker and comes with its original plastic sleeve. This watch represents the first Enicar watch up for auction on Dial + Bezel but it will certainly not be the last.

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The Case and Bracelet

The condition of the case and bracelet is excellent. We always hesitate to say unpolished or new old stock but the condition of the watch coupled with the aged original caseback sticker leads us to believe that this watch is in fact new old stock. You will struggle to find any scratches or signs of wear anywhere on the case or bracelet.

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The Dial and Hands

The dial and time discs are in excellent condition. The large center section of the acrylic crystal acts as a magnifier, making the watch very legible. All of the printing on the dial is crisp and clear and there are no defects to note.

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The Movement

This watch is powered by the 17 jewel automatic calibre AS 2072. The pry off caseback was not removed for photography to preserve the originality of the watch. The watch is running and keeping good time. The service history is unknown.

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Seller WatchSafari
Auction Number 186
Location New York City
Brand Enicar
Model Jump Hour Automatic
Reference Number 119-01-01
Movement Automatic, AS 2072
Year 1970's
Dial Blue
Case Width 37mm
Case Material Stainless Steel
Band Material Stainless Steel
Clasp Type Deployant
Original Box No
Original Papers No
Seller Type Dealer

Auction has expired

Highest bidder was: Stephanerunge

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid
Stephanerunge November 5, 2020 11:02 am $820.00
Sjogunmaster November 1, 2020 1:56 am $800.00
Stephanerunge October 31, 2020 7:57 am $760.00
ARodBaltimore October 30, 2020 5:56 pm $750.00
BillyFilm October 30, 2020 2:04 pm $700.00
Stephanerunge October 30, 2020 10:04 am $650.00
Auction started
October 29, 2020 3:24 pm

Winning Bid: $820.00

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  1. BillyFilm

    anyone seen any articles online about this model… I think its cool but having trouble researching

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