I bet that neither Hillary nor Norgay would imagine that almost 70 years after their successful ascent there will still be discussions and arguments about their watches, which one was worn, by whom, where and when. Since it still remains a mystery the probable answer is that the butler did it.
Enter the Smiths Everest, stage left. In the role of the next suspect trying to steal the show is the Smiths Everest. It never went close to this peak, it has no relation to the original Smiths company, and it doesn't even look like the watches that were worn by the members of the 1953 expedition, to which we can also add that it's hiding a Japanese automatic movement inside. It's a pretender trying to free ride on the wings of stolen glory.
Its fame come from an unexpected angle: It's easier to climb the Everest than to buy one. It's a feat accomplished by only a few determined individuals that with their credit cards in hand are willing to brave the obstacles thrown their way from non existing stock, through razor thin purchase windows and onto the astonishing disappearing shopping cart act.
And therefore today I'm celebrating my victory by drinking my morning coffee while wearing a watch from a company that killed any incentive I have to buy another watch from them ever. L'chaim!
The cup is part of a Titanium camping coffee set that includes a cup, a saucer and a tiny sugar spoon, which means there are some chances that it did made it to the top of the Everest and that someone did sat there one day and drank coffee in style.