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In the company of some historic Explorers!!

March 21 2011 at 3:09 AM
Mike Wood  (Login mikewood)
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Enjoyed a great watch-orientated weekend with a load of fellow watch-nuts in Maastricht at the invitation of Philipp Stahl.

During the weekend, we had the opportunity to meet Peter Hillary and Jamling Tenzing Norgay, sons of the famous mountaineers who conquered Mt Everest in 1953, and George Band, a member of the 1953 Everest expedition team.

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I managed to grab a few lousy i-phone pictures from our dinner on Friday night. I blame the poor lighting in the restaurant for these sad.gif

This is a pretty special trio... the watch in the centre is the watch worn by George Band during the successful 1953 Everest expedition when Hillary and Tenzing made it to the summit. It's a reference 6098 with white baton dial, and caseback inscribed with the details of the expedition. It made the hairs on my neck tingle!! On the right, George Band's ref. 6150 used on the 1955 expedition to Kanchenjunga, with the back engraved to commemorate the climb. On the left, another identical ref. 6150 (my own!) from 1953, no known climbing history (yet! I will put my crampons on later and go for a trek) the canvas strap was signed by Peter Hillary and Jamling Tenzing Norgay, and George Band.

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Bernhard scrutinises George Band's Everest watch, whilst the man himself enjoys the interest his historic watches are attracting!

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This awful picture shows a real historic line-up.

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From left to right: 1. Sir Edmund Hillary's orange hand Explorer II; 2. my 6150; 3. George Band's Everest ref. 6098; 4. George Band's ref. 6150; 5. Philipp's beautiful Serpico Y Laino ref. 6350; 6. my ref. 6610 on Bonklip band; 7. Peter Hillary's very well-travelled "expeditions" Explorer II - Everest summit twice, north pole, south pole, etc!! :shock:

I thought I photographed Jamling Tenzing Norgay's GMT-Master II on striped NATO strap which he wore on Everest and his many other expeditions (can't find the picture sad.gif ), hopefully somebody will have pictures to share...

But this gathering of Explorers put a smile on my face happy.gif

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Hope you enjoyed, and apologies for the crappy pics, just use a little imagination... wink.gif

Mike Wood


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fatboyharris
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Looks like great company and good fun was had by all

March 21 2011, 3:44 AM 

Glad it was enjoyed by all, with some very rare and interesting watches to keep you company.

regards
John.

 
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Ken
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Talk about history! Amazing.......

March 21 2011, 3:46 AM 


 
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Rony
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Always enjoy your report, Mr. Wood

March 21 2011, 4:49 AM 

such great historic pieces. Must have been a blast there

 
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Marcus
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thank you for this post...and here is a Nojito for you :-)

March 21 2011, 6:44 AM 

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......if you like i have some more nice scans from the other side of the table.....??

cheers
Marcus

 
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Richard Carver
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Thank you Mike...

March 21 2011, 7:02 AM 

Mr Band looked like he was really enjoying himself. happy.gif

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Vijay
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Thanks for sharing Mike. What an honor to have met Mr. Band!

March 21 2011, 7:51 AM 


 
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Philipp
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THANK YOU Mike!!! & Also MANY Thanks to the rest for making the effort!!.................

March 21 2011, 8:23 AM 

We're just ready with cleaning up the theatre wink.gif

MANY thanks to YOU! & to ALL!! others for taking the
effort to travel so far to us. GREAT PASSION all of you!!

I'm blown away by all the super positive reactions!
and i'm very happy everybody has enjoyed our program!!

Sorry but did't had time tolook at the pictures yet,
Bernhard will most probably have some tomorrow, untill
then here some of my Iphone pics of your Explorer Encounter wink.gif

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See YOU in Geneve & allthough i could sleep for a week now, i'm already looking forward! wink.gif

Thanks my friend!

Philipp





 
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Marcus
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here are more pics from this fantastic evening..........

March 21 2011, 9:38 AM 

.....thank you all, for a wonderful dinner and friday evening happy.gif .....special thanks to Philipp!!

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all guys who have missed this great event looking very sad

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I hope you enjoy the pictures



cheers
Marcus

 
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MichaelK
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Einer von den beiden hat die Dritten- wer??? LOL

March 21 2011, 10:18 AM 

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Marcus
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du Sack ......loooooool

March 21 2011, 10:23 AM 



cheers
Marcus

 
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MichaelK
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:-) (nt)

March 21 2011, 10:34 AM 


 
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klaus
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Fleischkappenwebbewerb -:)

March 21 2011, 11:12 AM 

Best
Klaus

 
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Boris
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Jetzt hack mal nich so auf unserem Fletch rum...LOL

March 21 2011, 5:15 PM 


 
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Arturo Ortiz
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An excellent event. Big congrats to all those who made it possible!!

March 21 2011, 10:28 AM 

It was a fantastic event.
Thank you all
Arturo

 
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Steve7s
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Nice one Mike

March 21 2011, 10:55 AM 

Have to get to one of these gatherings soon, looks like
all very happy with life. Best Steve & nita xxxx

 
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Matt
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Thank you so much

March 21 2011, 12:26 PM 


That was a great read, and it looked to be a lot of fun! I really enjoyed reading it (twice even).

 
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WorldOysterWatcher
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And ... two autographs! Good for you!

March 21 2011, 12:36 PM 

nice scoop. Looks like a good time!

 
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Volker Wiegmann
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Nice to see so much history together at one place. Thanks for sharing, Mike (nt)

March 21 2011, 10:38 PM 



representin' the DNA of Panerai

 
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Marcus
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Volker, i think you missed a little this ....... ;-))

March 22 2011, 3:03 AM 

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cheers
Marcus

 
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