In 1953, the not-yet-Sir Edmund Hillary became the first man to summit Mount Everest along with expedition partner Tenzing Norgay. And he did so with a Cheap Replica Watches Rolex on his wrist, an Oyster Perpetual that would prove to be the ancestor of the Explorer. While browsing the Beyer Watch and Clock Museum in Zürich, I suddenly found myself face-to-face with this legendary watch and knew I had to share it with all of you.
This watch was produced in 1950 and was never purchased commercially. Best Replica Watches Rolex For Sale was one of the sponsors of the 1953 Everest Expedition – only one expedition was allowed each year by the Nepalese government – and part of this sponsorship included providing Hillary with this watch. It was not a gift, but rather a watch for Hillary to wear during the expedition and then to return to Rolex for extensive testing after the descent. And that is exactly what happened.
This little slip of paper is a fragment of the package in which Hillary shipped the watch back to Rolex after his successful summit. You can see that it was shipped from Hillary’s native New Zealand and the watch remained in Rolex’s possession for decades. Sadly, there is no way for anyone outside of Best Sale Replica Watches Rolex to know what tests were done on this watch and what was learned from its experiences. Eventually it was gifted to Mr. Beyer for his museum directly from Rolex.
Obviously the story is paramount here, but it’s tough not to fall in love with the watch on purely aesthetic grounds as well. The creamy dial has faint burns from the radium in the hands – it looks like one of the hands was parked around 5 o’clock for quite some time. The “Officially” in “Officially Certified Chronometer” is still a nice bright red color and the minutes track is as crisp as can be. The dagger hands, triangular indexes with inlayed Radium, and small applied coronet at 12 o’clock all just add to the charm factor.
It’s not at all hyperbole to call this one of the most important wristwatches of all time and we’re thrilled we could share it. Sadly Cheap Fake Watches Rolex For Sale was stuck behind glass, so no wrist-shots here, but The Beyer Watch and Clock Museum is definitely worth a visit if you’re in Zürich.