Vintage men's 1970's genuine SHERPA 17 jewel black dial wristwatch, made in India


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    I'm sure those of us who are familiar with the Tibetan Sherpas who have guided mountain climbers and adventure seekers in the Himalayas in Eastern Nepal for generations, are amazed by the courage and expertise they have exhibited.

    HMT has provided a special timepiece to these mountain guides as rugged as the mountains they climb.

    Manufactured in the 1970's this black dial example measures 1 3/8" in diameter, excluding crown and lugs and features 5 horizontal silver stripes and is complimented by silver hour and minute hands, silver center sweep second hand, and white outer chapter.

    It has Art deco numbers at 3,6,9, and 12 o'clock and is simply signed, HMT, Sherpa, with the Sherpa logo in the center.

    The very reliable Indian movement has recently been cleaned, oiled, and adjusted. It sets and winds as it should, is running strong and keeping excellent time.

    This beautiful timepiece features a screw-down back and has been fitted with a military style black and white stripe NATO ballistic nylon strap with stainless hardware and buckle.

    These watches have become very rare and difficult to acquire. If you are interested in this watch, I suggest you buy it quickly as it is the only one I have.

    Stock code H-30

    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, hich 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.

    We are Stonehenge Watch Company and have been selling vintage timepieces and new watches on the internet for over 16 years with hundreds of happy, satisfied, often repeat, customers.

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