Smiths De Luxe Wristwatch Worn by Sir Edmund Hillary on His Ascent of Mount Everest 1953

Made:
1953
maker:
Smiths English Clocks Limited
Smiths De Luxe wristwatch worn by Sir Edmund Hillary on his ascent of Mount Everest 1953

Smiths De Luxe wristwatch worn by Sir Edmund Hillary on his ascent of Mount Everest 1953
The Clockmakers' Museum/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

Wristwatch by Smiths English Clocks Ltd. Steel waterproof case by the Dennison Watch Case Co. Silvered dial with a subsidiary seconds dial and signed ‘Smiths De Luxe'.

15 jewel lever-escapement movement. Cheltenham, England, 1953.

Sir Edmund Hillary wore this watch during his successful climb to the summit of Mount Everest, May 29th 1953. He presented it in person to the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in the same year, having reported back to Smiths that the watch had performed very well. This particular watch had been prepared by Smiths with a special lubricant to withstand low temperatures.

Clockmakers' Museum No. 515

Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Collection:
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-3409
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, leather, silvered brass, stainless steel and steel (metal)
type:
wristwatch
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers