When most people think of the "Mt. Everest watch," the venerable Rolex Explorer almost always comes to mind. But while it's robust, iconic, and as objectively handsome as a tool watch can be, it's not actually the model that soared to 29,029 feet over the Tibetan Plateau in May 1953. That was a custom Oyster Perpetual prototype lent to Sir Edmund Hillary by Rolex for the expedition.
But that unique Rolex wasn't the only watch to summit that day — an English watch made the trip as well, from a brand called Smiths, and just like Rolex, they make a watch commemorating the ascent as well.