Post by philsinclair on Jan 24, 2018 20:15:18 GMT -8
Hi. Someone has really butchered this and it’s a shame because the 30j movement made and in-house and I think maybe the one used as the base movement by chronoswiss. I think you will find this case is quite different and requires about a quarter of a turn then lifts off. Cheers Phil
Thanks for all your input, soon after I posted curiosity got the better of me and I decided to try and open it, just used a 2 prong case opener and gave it a turn, and as I suspected the tab climbed the ramp and lifted the back off.
Pleased it came loose without any trouble, not mad about these Breitling style case backs, the opener dies cost an arm and a leg, OK if you are working with them all the time but for the occasional one if it is too tight looks like the glued nut or a cold chisel.
The case hasn't been damaged, just wear from opening I think and can't be seen when a band is fitted, should clean up well when the case and crystal are polished, not mad about GP cases but that is in most cases what makes them affordable, and cheapskates can't choosers!
Post by philsinclair on Jan 25, 2018 14:16:01 GMT -8
Hi Max. These cases are really good once you get used to them. I suspect Enicar were using them before Breitling. Anyhow, I would rather have a nice condition Super Test or Sherpa than a Breitling. Cheers Phil
Yes these can be a bit deceiving. I have a few "dive watches" that have the same shape that just pry off, "snap Back" and yet others that screw off. I did have a goofy one like Phil said that just took a slight turn to have it come loose.... Any chance of a movement pick now that the backs off?
Post by philsinclair on Jan 26, 2018 21:43:52 GMT -8
Hi. It should have a 30 jewel automatic in house movement. The later 30 j movements were AS automatic movements. These 30j movements were their quality dress watch range. They did make a 17j handwinder like those above and were well made, sold some millions of them in Asia.Cheers Phil
Post by philsinclair on Jan 27, 2018 3:59:33 GMT -8
Yeah. As expected, this is their chronometer grade movement as is as good as anything available at the time. It’s the forerunner of the super test models. Although it’s difficult to say any enicar is rare, this would have been a relatively low production number watch. The decoration of the movement is quite good and must have looked great when new. The super test movements have a gilt finish and don’t look as good in my opinion. Cheers Phil