Today is the final day of bidding for Loomes & Co’s Everest Ghurka Welfare Trust watch.
This special timepiece, created for a group of Ghurka soldiers who climbed Mount Everest in 2017, is being auctioned at Bonhams to raise money for the Ghurka Welfare Trust.
Part of this lot now includes the team flag that the climbers had during their ascent. It’s been signed by 11 of the team, including Sgt Milan Rai, who wore the watch to the summit.
The flag itself was almost lost during an aborted 2015 attempt to scale the mountain, when an avalanche put paid to the expedition. A member of the Ghurka team found the flag a kilometre away while searching for lost kit.
Although now slightly worn and torn, the flag is a key part of the incredible tale of calm determination of the Ghurka team.
A number of key figures in the UK watch industry got to see the Loomes Everest Ghurka Welfare Trust watch for themselves at last week’s WatchPro Awards, and bidding has been frenzied since.
Anyone interested in bidding should click HERE to be taken through to the lot’s page on the Bonhams website.