The ‘Everest watch’ has be sold for £10,000 inc. premium on the 7th November 2017 at Bonhams Auctions.
Robert Loomes, Made In Stamford, England. A stainless steel manual wind wristwatch made on behalf of The Mountain Trust
Date: Made in 2015 for that season’s abandoned attempt. Used again in 2017
Movement: Modified NOS Smiths 19-jewel Cal.01, poised and tested for extreme heat and cold and fitted with new British mainspring
Dial: Loomes made Unique for Mountain Trust. White, black Roman numerals with red 12, black outer minute track, British made black dagger hands, red centre seconds
Case: Loomes made from Sheffield 301 stainless steel bar, hand polished, sapphire glass and exhibition back both British cut, domed and polished
Strap/Bracelet: Brown leather, hand cut and stitched with calf lining
Buckle/Clasp: Loomes stainless steel buckle, hand polished
Signed: Case, dial & movement
Accompaniments: Robert Loomes box, outer card and large Loomes Presentation box with The Mountain Trust flag enclosed
This unique watch was worn on the successful 2017 Everest team from the Royal Gurkha Regiment. Made for the Mountain Trust, it was designed from the start to raise funds for the Trust, to give back to the poorest Himalayan regions of Nepal.
The watch went out with the team in 2015 when they had to abandon their Everest attempt and turn to disaster relief work in Nepal, after the fateful earthquake that May. The team eventually regrouped for 2017 and, on this occasion four British officers and nine Gurkha soldiers summited Everest. It is acknowledged as such, as the most successful British army attempt ever.
Taking inspiration from when Edmund Hilary used a Smiths watch for the conquest of Everest in 1953, the intricacies of this watch are similarly based on a manual Smith Calibre No.1. -lubricated using a special oil making it perfect for the conditions of Everest. In 2017 Lt Chris Boote said “it was an honour to take a British-made watch up Everest, knowing it would raise vital funds for the people of Nepal”.
Source: Bonhams Auctions