I mean no disrespect, and I enjoyed your refresher on the history. I have read that information before, but I always enjoy reading it. |>|><snip>...............What irritates me is the way that the Rolex advertising of the time and since goes to such effort to mix true elements with strong implication to give the impression that Hillary wore a Rolex on Everest in 1953. He certainly wore one pretty well constantly from almost immediately afterwards. For the simple reason he was given one and retained by Rolex almost immediately after he returned to England. He was also equipped with one on a previous climb on Cho Oyu. He wrote grateful copy about both watches. However the copy that Rolex would have treasured beyond gold - grateful copy about a Rolex watch he wore on Everest simply doesn't exist. Instead Smiths have the grateful copy and, used it constantly just as Rolex would have.
Oops, your right..........Like I said, I have read the history before, but it is a bit fuzzy.:-dHillary wasn't a gentleman from England, he was from New Zealand and a superb technical climber.
How nice is that? I've always wanted a birthyear watch, gonna have to bid on that one.