Enicar Aqua-Graph 072/002

ultra rare - fantastic condition - striking look

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Description
This Enicar Aqua-Graph is an ultra-rare diver's watch from the 1960s with an impressive design.

The Swiss watch manufacturer Enicar is known for its racing chronograph Sherpa Graph and the famous Mount Everest expedition in 1956, in which the mountaineers were equipped with Enicar watches. The Aqua-Graph 072/002 is a diver chronograph whose successful history began in 1963 with the first version, the Mark 1a. Here you see the Mark 1b released in 1964 - it was a transitional reference between the Mark 1a and the Mark 2.

The Mark 1b version was available with silver-colored and black sub-dials. A total of around 900 watches were produced, of which only around 400 had a completely black dial (like the watch you see here). Even less are preserved in good condition. The rarity of this watch is pretty obvious.

The Aqua-Graph has many fine design elements that harmonize wonderfully with each other resulting in an extraordinary look of the watch. The dial is black with three black sub-dials. The hour and minute hands have the typical paddle shape, which can be also found on other Enicar watches from the same period. Both hands are equipped with rectangular tritium lume and orange tips. The second hand has the lollipop shape with round tritium lume.

This diving watch features a compressor case with a bajonet lock. With its 40mm diameter, the Enicar Aqua-Graph is a perfectly sized sporty wristwatch. A special feature is the unusual shape of the lugs with their bevels and edges. On the back you can see the "Seapearl" logo in the middle and further engravings including the reference 072/002 and serial number 706xxx. The winding crown has the typical cross-hatching of a diver's watch with a compressor case from the 1960s and also the Enicar-Saturn logo.

Another special feature of the Aqua-Graph is its rotating bezel with minute markers. 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 are written in bigger numbers than the 5min steps. Every minute has a dash as an indicator. At 12 o'clock there is a trapez surrounded by two tritium luminous dots. In addition, the bezel features a red rotating ring with an arrowhead. The ring rotates independently of the black bezel.

And last but not least, the Aqua-Graph is powered by the robust and high-quality manual-wind movement Valjoux 72.

The watch is accompanied by a blank Enicar guarantee booklet from the 1960s.

Condition report
Dial: flawless black dial, original tritium lume in hands and markers, signed "T SWISS MADE T".

Case: unpolished condition, rarely worn, minimal signs of wear, all engravings on the back including the reference and serial number are clearly legible, lugs with sharp lines and bevels.

Bezel: rotating bezel in perfect condition with no scratches, easy to rotate in both directions.

Movement: manual-wind caliber Valjoux 72 operates absolutely reliably and precisely.

Bracelet: no-name stainless steel bracelet in very good condition.

Summing-Up
For a vintage watch collector, this Enicar Aqua-Graph 072/002 has a lot to offer. With around 400 pieces produced, it is extremely rare. It has coveted features such as a compressor case and Valjoux 72 movement. Its striking design makes it an eye-catcher on the wrist. And its excellent condition can be rated as almost unworn - especially considering its old age of around 70 years.

Serial number: 706xxx

Int.Exe.: 86521
Features

Manufacturer: Enicar

Model: Aqua-Graph

Reference: 072/002

Functions: chronograph - small running second - hour and minute - 12 hour totalizer - 30 minutes counter - screwed-on caseback

Material: Stainless steel

Dial: black

Watch glass: plexiglass

Delivery Contents: booklet / leaflet

Bracelet: stainless steel

Type of clasp: deployant buckle

Diameter: 40mm

Caliber name: Valjoux 72

Movement type: manual wound

Year of Manufacture: 1964

Overall condition: 9 - has rarely been worn - top condition

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