It is most unlikely that the British Mount Everest Expedition members of 1953 gave much thought to the impact that their choice of watch would (still) have over 60 years later. That vintage Rolex Explorers regularly appear on the must-have lists for the Modern Man and the fact that Smiths closed down in 1980 pretty much tells the story of the two watch manufacturers most closely linked to the Expedition.

None the less this recent find of a boxed and seemingly unworn 9ct Gold Smiths Everest wristwatch led us back to the much-debated and intriguing question…

Who wore what on that summit on the 29th of May 1953?