Explorers that made it to the top of Everest created a sidebar discussion on a Canadian market version of the Explorer, the 5504 and 5505 Everest. These were 36mm cases with 20mm lugs. A black dialed wide honeycomb version is in Dowling's book. I first owned a 5505 with cream/white dial in the late ninties (and foolishly sold it to a collector of Explorers in Italy).
Most I have seen had the honeycomb dial and the 3 6 9 markers, but I have seen one without the 3 6 9 and without the honeycomb dial. There seems to be two styles of honeycomb or waffle patterns...one small and tight, one a larger pattern. All that I know of had the 1530 movement and were noted as Super Precision on the dial.
I know my dial had relum work done to it and I believe that effected the minute chapter which may have then had repair attempts. But I am not sure if the entire dial was reworked. That brings up the spacing and font of the word Everest. Again we have two different examples (at least so far)...one that uses the same font as in the word Rolex, the second (on mine) that uses a variation of the font for Super Precision. There is also a difference in the spacing from the words Oyster Perpetual.
It would be great to see how many examples we can come up with...including any redials. The first one I owned had a blue steel second hand. My current one has the gold second hand. The 5504 was for stainless models, the 5055 for gold and steel.
Here are four pictures of my current one. Marcello Pisani, would you please post your pictures again in this thread?
I wasn't taking digital pictures or scans when I had my first one...and after selling it to an Explorer collector in Italy, I lost his name. If he is out there and reads this, I hope he'll post a picture of that watch...I'd love to see it again.