Stamford-made “Everest” wristwatch to be auctioned for charity. Bonhams Auctioneers are holding an online auction in aid of the Mountain Trust. The Loomes watch which summited Everest in May is being sold to raise money for the Mountain Trust.
The Mountain Trust is a Cambridgeshire based charity which raises money for education and healthcare in Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world. It seemed fitting that after the Royal Gurkha Regiment climbers summited Everest this year could use the event to raise money for that part of the world. Lt Chris Boote of the climbing team said “it was an honour to take this watch to the top, knowing it would raise much needed funds for the people here.” Nepal suffered devastating earthquakes in 2015 when the first such attempt had to be abandoned as the team turned instead to disaster relief work.
The event was inspired by Edmund Hillary’s conquest of Everest in 1953, wearing a British made wristwatch. Loomes are one of only a tiny number of British watch manufacturers and this is the only all-British-made watch to have summited Everest this century. Hand-built in Stamford using a 19 jewel Smiths based mechanism, the watch has a unique dial, made specifically for the Mountain Trust.