Thanks for this thread.
There is a downside to Enicar: parts. I have a Sherpa Guide and a Sherpa OPS languishing for parts and need a NOS 166 movement for the Guide. Since Chronoswiss bought the stock, these are even rarer than replacement crystals that actually fit. Search the forum for my tales of woe..
Of course, this is true for any vintage watch, but the fact that the stocks have disappeared from the market really doesn't help here.
But I like the Sherpas too much to give up. Every once in a while something turns up. I recently found NOS hands for the 160 family that will go on the Guide, whose hands are missing the plume. The 166 inside the Guide is simply worn out (multiple problems with pinions slipping, etc). The OPS case is a disaster, with the internal bezel gearing frozen and then a tooth breaking from a previous owner forcing it.
Someday, though, they will be restored to their former glory.
I now crave for a Sherpa. However they are really hard to come by in China. Where are you guys getting yours from?
One of my favorite Enicar article is this:
The 70's Watch: The Enicar Sherpa Super Dive and the Chronoswiss Regulateur - Part 3 - TimeZone
It compares the Chronoswiss Cal 16X with the Enicar 16X.
Wow those indices, hands and case are really shinny now. Congrats on the find! Can you polish
the case yourself? how do you do it?