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Serviced 1990's HMT Sherpa (Mountain Guide) white dial 17 jewel wristwatch

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    As sturdy as the mountains guides on the Himalayas, this is a handsome, rare, vintage, 1990's, men's, HMT Sherpa 17 jewel, manual wind wristwatch in excellent condition.

    It features a 1 3/8" bright polished stainless steel case, excluding crown and lugs, that surrounds a crisp white dial complimented by luminescent silver hour and minute hands, silver sweep second hand, black numbers, and black outer chapter.

    Finally, to complete the restoration, the 17 jewel, manual wind movement has been cleaned & serviced, sets and winds effortlessly, and is keeping excellent time.

    This beautiful timepiece features a snap-down back and has been fitted with a stitched man-made leather black strap with stainless buckle.

    Stock code H-40

    ABOUT THE BRAND:

    Set up in 1961, HMT is a state-owned manufacturer that collaborated with Japan’s Citizen Watches to produce a range of watches that Indians were proud to sport.

    A HMT watch was an integral part of the unofficial uniform of Indian office-goers through the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Even today collectors of HMT timepieces swear by the brand’s retro appeal, its reliability and its undeniably Indian flavor.

    When online retailer Flipkart started selling HMT watches, the more popular models were sold out within minutes of listing it on the website, say watch collectors. HMT Watches started its own online sales in mid-August and many believed that this was a sign that the company was turning around. Its advertising slogan, "Timekeepers to the Nation", was certainly apt.

    Prashant Pandey, a resident of Bangalore and HMT aficionado, has collected more than 500 pieces in just a few years. “I saw my grandfather wear a HMT watch,” he said. “My wife’s grandfather had a Pilot, which he passed on to me. There’s a lot of emotional attachment to these watches. I am shattered. This is a legacy coming to an end.”

    Among the first watches to be made by HMT, the Janata was a favorite of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. This winding watch was plain, affordable and had more than 25 variants. Janata watches have been known to tick on for more than 40 years.

    The Pilot, along with Jawan, Sainik and Rakshak, were synonymous with the military. Though these were not specialized military watches, they were supplied to the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy, which were HMT’s biggest customers. The Pilot is a favorite of watch collectors.

    The quintessential dress watch, the Sona was a winding watch and the thinnest model made by HMT. It is known for its high-quality gold plating.

    Old HMT watches are still in high demand among collectors.

    SHERPA

    Sherpa is one of the Tibetan ethnic groups native to the most mountainous regions of Nepal, Tingri County and the Himalayas. The term sherpa or sherwa derives from the Sherpa language words ཤར shar ("east") and པ pa ("people"), which refer to their geographical origin of eastern Tibet.

    Most Sherpa people live in the eastern regions of Nepal and Tingri County however, some live farther west in the Rolwaling Valley and in the Helambu region north of Kathmandu, Nepal. Sherpas establish gompas where they practice their religious traditions. Tengboche was the first celibate monastery in Solu-Khumbu. Sherpa people also live in Tingri County, Bhutan, and the Indian states of Sikkim and the northern portion of West Bengal, specifically the district of Darjeeling. The Sherpa language belongs to the south branch of the Tibeto-Burman languages, mixed with Eastern Tibet (Khamba) and central Tibetan dialects. However, this language is separate from Lhasa Tibetan and unintelligible to Lhasa speakers.

    The number of Sherpas migrating to Western countries has significantly increased in recent years, especially to the United States. New York City has the largest Sherpa community in the United States, with a population of approximately 16,000. The 2011 Nepal census recorded 495,846 Sherpas within its borders. Some members of the Sherpa population are known for their skills in mountaineering as a livelihood.



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