Loomes Everest Wristwatch Auction

Loomes made a one-off wristwatch for the Mountain Trust charity. The Royal Gurkha Regiment summited Everest with it in May. Bonhams are to sell this unique piece online.

The watch comes with a long history and pedigree. The base movement chosen (Loomes were obsessed with the watch being entirely British-made) was a NOS Smiths nineteen jewel manual wind. This is the superb all-British-made 18000vph Cal01, designed in the 1950s and the equal or better of many Swiss made alternatives. The movement was stripped and fitted with a new mainspring and re-lubricated to run at both -40 centigrade and +60. A wide variance. 

Fitted with a Loomes-made unique dial, printed for the Mountain Trust, and housed in a Loomes stainless hand-polished case, the watch also has one of Loomes' newest hand made straps. Frustrated with "too homespun" British strap makers, Loomes approached a British haute-couture leather firm, where Northampton ladies cut edge and stitch real leather and calf linings.

The watch was worn by Sgt Milan Rai, who summited on the 16th May 2017 with extreme hardship. His goggles misted up regularly and removing them resulted in mild snow blindness. He reached the summit exhausted and without water but returned slowly and carefully. His eyesight recovered in a couple of days.

For a chance to own this unique piece - Loomes believe it is the only British-made watch to have summited this century - Bonhams' online auction runs until Nov7th.

Address

The Mountain Trust

20a High Green, Great Shelford,

Cambridge, CB22 5EG, UK

Contact Details

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phone: [+44] (0)1223 844204

Charity Registrations

The Mountain Trust UK Charity Registration No. 1112841

Nepal Charity Registration - NGO No. 3442/072/073