Loomes Mount Everest watch sold
The Loomes watch that has been on the summit of Mount Everest has been sold at Bonhams auction for £5,000 inc. premium.
There is a long standing history of Loomes watches assisting explorers in summiting Mount Everest. When, Sir Edmund Hilary summited Everest in 1953 he was wearing a British-made wristwatch. This tradition was reinstated in 2017 when a team of Gurka soldiers wore a Loomes watch.
The GWT watch is hand-built by Loomes of Stamford, using only British-made components. Based on a manually wound Smiths Imperial calibre, housed in a dial and case, even specialist seals and glass, all made in England. These watches are remarkable unique.
The Gurkha G200E Everest expedition was planned for 2015 as part of the 200th anniversary of Gurkhas in the British Army. Received by Joanna Lumley on behalf of the GWT, the watch was gifted to the climbing team in a ceremony at Stamford Town Hall as the team left for their expedition.
However, during their climb Nepal was struck with devastating earthquakes and the Gurkas halted their attempt to assist other climbers to safety before providing vital relief work in Nepal.
In 2017 the team of Gurkas regrouped to reattempt the climb, accompanied by the Loomes GWT. The team arrived in Nepal, in excellent fitness and morale. They even assisted the Sherpas in preparing the path to Everest for fellow climbers.
It was the British Army’s most successful Everest mission, with a team of thirteen serving Gurkhas summited and returning safely. Led by Capt Dick Gale, the team became the first to summit Everest the year. This unique watch was worn by Sgt Milan Rai, who managed to play the bagpipes on Everest.