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

1953 in Cheltenham
Smiths English Clocks Limited
Smiths De Luxe wristwatch worn by Sir Edmund Hillary on his

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Smiths De Luxe wristwatch worn by Sir Edmund Hillary on his
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Wristwatch by Smiths English Clocks Ltd, Cheltenham, England, 1953. Steel waterproof case by the Dennison Watch Case Co, marked on the back 'AQUATITE, DENISTEEL BACK, 73359, CASE MADE IN ENGLAND' around 'DQ' in the centre. Silvered dial with Arabic numerals in luminous paint, and a subsidiary seconds dial at six o'clock. Signed ‘Smiths De Luxe' below twelve o'clock, and 'made in England' below the subsidiary dial. 15 jewel lever-escapement movement.

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


The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
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stainless steel, leather, silvered brass, brass (copper, zinc alloy), steel (metal) and glass
wristwatch and lever movement
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