The wait is over, and itís finally that time of the week once again. Hunting high and low ó while listening to Hunting High And Low Ė has resulted in the discovery of some true top-quality watches this week, with a little something for everyone. For those that dwell below the surface, weíve got you covered with the inclusion of two early dive watches from Enicar and Nivada Grenchen, each with their own admirable claims to fame. Watches intended for use on land havenít been forgotten either, with picks like a unique ladies piece by LeCoultre and an Art Deco rectangular Longines. To round things out, thereís a Ref. 1675 GMT-Master with military provenance a plenty, should airborne watches be more your thing. Without further ado, letís get the expensive decisions train rolling.*
Ladies' Crosshair LeCoultre

As someone just simply interested in watches, Iíll often explore misfit markets, so to speak, made up of largely unpopular watches that youíre guaranteed to never see on my wrist. Even though Iíd never wear such watches, I find it wildly interesting to dive deeper into waters uncharted by the masses, in search of the slightest sliver of aesthetic or mechanical excitement they may hold. It ultimately comes down to appreciating watches in all their various forms, but I wonít bore you with a Gump-esque shrimp list of watchmaking categories. The market Iíd now like to take a moment to focus on is that of ladies watches.*
Like I said, you wonít see me wearing a ladies watch any time soon, but that wonít stop me from thinking theyíre ridiculously cool. This really shouldnít come as any surprise, seeing as many of these ladies offerings were created the same minds credited with thinking up the mens designs we now celebrate incessantly. In my eyes, this piece intended for the American market by LeCoultre is more than deserving of ridiculously cool certification, for a number of reasons Iíll now get into.*
First off, letís address the elephant in the room thatís been looming for some two paragraphs now Ė that case! You just donít see cases like that often, and when you do, one must take note. Iím getting strong Gilbert Albert vibes from this one, but I guess you could ultimately chalk this up to itís unconventional nature. The second point I wanted to focus on is the dial, which youíll notice is rather ornate for such a small piece. Iím particularly fond of the crosshairs, reminiscent of other LeCoultre offerings, along with the polished convex indices found at six and 12 oíclock. Though the watch isnít being offered in running condition, Iím sure an overhaul of the movement could turn things around.
Should you be interested in a feminine oddity like such, itís currently available on eBay in an auction thatíll close tonight. Bidding has reached $50 on this piece located in North Dakota. Check it out right here.
1937 Longines Art Deco Tank

Much like Rodney Dangerfield, rectangular watches are deserving of more respect. I donít know that Iíd go so far as saying that they get no respect, but thereís certainly room for improvement. The fact of the matter is thereís a host of unique rectangular pieces being overlooked by the masses, but hopefully we can change that ever so slightly by shedding some light on a tasteful example. As youíd expect by the use of the word tasteful, weíre talking about a Longines today, and a fine one at that.*
What youíre looking at is a cal. 25.17Ėequipped, tank-style piece dating back to 1937, which was produced to the same specifications as many other coveted Longines references. Silvered dials proudly emblazoned with the Longines names have always been right up my alley, and this one is no exception. In comparison to similar style dials found inside round cases, this exampleís rectangular shape affords it a bit of a dressy edge, which is nice change of pace now and again. Take it from someone currently typing this with a tie dye Grateful Dead tee on his back, you need to get dressed up to the nines every once in a while.*
Though the blued steel hands which trace the spartan Arabic numeralĖclad dial are attractive, the real star of the show here is the case. Though on the smaller side, its architecture is nothing short of stunning, thanks to its unusual, protruding lugs, which likely make the watch feel larger on the wrist than it actually is. It would also appear to be unpolished, which is an added bonus thatís always nice to see. Before you point it out, yes, there looks to be a small flaw found inside the subsidiary seconds register, but Iíd be willing to look the other way considering the overall condition of this watch.*
An eBay seller based out of the States has this piece listed in an auction that will end on Sunday afternoon. At the time of publishing, the high bid stands at $600. Get the full scoop here.
Enicar Ultrasonic Sherpa Dive

If purpose-built watches are your thing, chances are youíve owned a few dive watches in your day. With a laundry list of such watches under my belt, Iím no exception. Some pick ups have been better than others, but thereís always something to be learned about your tastes from the less stand-out acquisitions. In my experience, Iíve learned that itís early divers from the late 1950s that really do it for me, as they represent the dawn of an era that now plays such an important role in the watchmaking industry. It was an age of research, experimentation, and throwing stuff at the wall to see what stuck, which as youíll likely already know, birthed some of the most iconic and sought after watches of todayís market.*
With that said, not all achieved icon status, and thatís alright, because every now and then you want to wear something that doesnít exactly scream out what it is from across the street. Iíll always opt for the historically significant sleeper, which is exactly what this Ultrasonic Sherpa Dive from Enicar is. Apart from being a sharp looking diver, the Sherpa Dive also caught the attention of the US Navy at a point in time, who put the watch through rigorous testing. This example likely dates back to 1959, as indicated by the text found on the dial, and the lack of a 30-minute indication on the original bezel insert.*
Though the inner red ring that traces the bezel is missing on this piece, and its case has been polished, Iíd argue itís still one of the better examples Iíve seen in a while, due to the honest condition itís being offered in, and the even tone of aging. Many would agree that vintage Enicar is an area of the market that is still being overlooked to some degree, but with awareness increasing, and new reference books on the brand being published, I think weíre bound to see a bit of development in that area.*
An eBay seller located in the Swiss suburb of Cologny has this watch listed in an auction that will end on Sunday morning. Itís reached a high bid of $1,350, and where it ends up is anyoneís guess. Find the full listing here.*
Nivada Grenchen Ref. 104 Depthomatic Diver

While on the topic of dive watches, letís take a minute to note just how quickly this watchmaking effort progressed inside of less than a handful of years. While it mightíve taken literal centuries to move past the use of the diving bell, dive watch production advanced at a truly fascinating pace, with useful developments entering the picture every year. One such development is the incorporation of additional functions, including depth gauges, providing divers with valuable data.
On some watches an original crystal is a detail thatís appreciated, but on this Nivada Grenchen it plays a crucial role. This is because the Depthomaticís crystal is what makes it a Depthomatic. At the three oíclock position towards the crystalís edge, youíll notice a small hole, which allows the depth gauge to work. After water flows into this entry point, it circles the dial, indicating the depth one has achieved in a brilliant red tone for increased legibility. This is believed to have been one of the very first mechanical watches to incorporate a built-in depth gauge, which continues to amaze to this day.*
If youíre a stickler for condition, then youíre ought to get a kick out of this one, because despite having been intended for skin diving, it would appear as if this example saw limited use both above and below the surface. Unpolished case? Check. Flawless dial and hands with evenly aged luminous compound? Uh huh, honey. Largely flawless bezel? You know it. In short, it's dope. Quite dope, in fact, and the nicest example Iíve seen of this model to date. To find a rarity like this in such outstanding condition isnít an everyday occurrence, so Iíd advise acting fast if youíre interested.*
Justin Vrakas of Watch Steez is selling this seldom-seen dive watch with an asking price of $4,180. Additional photos can be found here.
1966 Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 1675 With Vietnam Provenance

Typically, I donít get all that excited to share Rolex sports models via this column. Yes, theyíre incredibly well built, iconic, and (insert your favorite adjective of praise here), but the truth of the matter is they were produced in numbers so large itís borderline alarming. If Iím going to feature a ref. 1675 GMT-Master, for example, itís gotta have a little something something going on. A little secret sauce under the bun, if you will. This week, I think Iíve found just that, with one of the more interesting GMT-Masters to hit the market in a long time.*
Hereís a tool watch that was used like a tool watch should be. Originally purchased by Captain Ernest D. Sprinkel of the U.S. 269th Combat Aviation Battalion and Commander of the U.S. Headquarter and Headquarters Company in Cu Chi, Vietnam, back on April 29 of 1967, this example saw high flying use on the wrist of a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War. While wearing the watch, Captain Sprinkel wouldíve assisted as a primary aviation support to the 25th Infantry Division "Tropic Lightning," while executing airmobile operations exercises. Also worth considering is the fact that the 269th Battalion is credited with ďhaving flown more combat hours, conducting more combat assaults, and hauling more troops and cargo than any other combat aviation battalion at that time during the war.Ē In other words, this watch was put to the test, and passed with flying colors.*
As its included receipt of purchase would indicate, the original sale price of this piece was a mere $156, and the noteworthy extras donít stop there. In addition to the original papers, the watch is being sold with Captain Sprinkelís 269th Battalion helicopter pilotís helmet, along with a plaque bearing the original ownerís name, and the motto of the so-called "Black Barons." Provenance, extras, and nerdy goodies aside, it also just so happens to be a solid looking example, with a clean gilt dial, matching hands, and a small GMT hand acting as the cherry on top. With a different bezel insert and bracelet perhaps, youíd have a seriously attractive watch.*
The Danish auction house Bruun Rasmussen will be offering this example of the Ref. 1675 GMT-Master in their sale of wristwatches taking place on June 6, with an estimate of KR 100,000 Ė 150,000 (approximately $15,000 Ė 22,500. Find more details along with the rest of the catalog here.