How to Estimate Manufacturing Date

RGwar1984

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Hey all! Just wondering if there is a reliable resource for estimating date of manufacture by serial number for Enicar. Rolex, Seiko, longines and all the big names have easy to access databases to estimate production year down for he month in most cases. I know Enicar is a bit of a different story, but if there is any place to start... Here seems like the best option!
 

JimJupiter

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Thanks, sadly it doesn't cover anything I actually have ={

This page has some good information on multiple models: https://thespringbar.com/blogs/guides/tagged/enicar
You can use my database for a first indication too. Serials were not different between chronos all the other watches. Just check the Serial Reference Page and you will get a feeling for your production date.

What is your serial and what kind of watch is it?

Nico
 

RGwar1984

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I have a Sherpa Jet Mark-II with a red rallye GMT hand and the checkered chapter ring inside of the internal GMT bezel. I think they were produced from 1969-1973, and from what I can infer from the springbar site this may be in the middle of the pack. I'm assuming 1970-1971 maybe?
Reference Number: 148.35.02
Serial Number: 10262XX
 

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RGwar1984

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I also have a Enicar Star Jewels White dial with a cushion case. That I have no real reference information on which I assume is a 1960-1980 watch based on no actual information at all... So there is that.
Reference number: 160-54-07
Serial number: unknown just this moment
 

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JimJupiter

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No you would find it on the outside of the caseback but it seems the SN is polished away at your example.
 

SteveHarris

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The watchmakers marks might help. Ends in 66, so could have been serviced in 1966 dating your watch to early 60's?

Equally it could be nonsensical reference to us that only made sense to the watch repairer.
 

JimJupiter

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The watchmakers marks might help. Ends in 66, so could have been serviced in 1966 dating your watch to early 60's?

Equally it could be nonsensical reference to us that only made sense to the watch repairer.
hm nope Steve, the Cal. 160 family was a new movement generation that was introduced in 1969 if I am not mistaken. Watchmaker marks are like hieroglyphs ;)

@RGwar1984
Here is a pic of a similar watch in a 1972 swedish catalog.
 

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SteveHarris

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Thought as much. I've struggled to make any sense out of the marks on my casebacks!
 

RGwar1984

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Yeah, my watchmaker thinks it may have been the watchmaker registration number of whoever serviced the watch back in the day. I assumed that the watch, based on the aesthetics, is early 70s. We found that the watch had been been regulated to run fast (30-80 seconds perday) to account for the minutes hand slipping on the cam (or whatever). So it's being serviced now. What do you expect for $135?
 
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